Our family has owned and operated Farenga Funeral Home since 1876. For over a century, our neighbors in Astoria and Greater Queens have trusted our staff to walk alongside them during some of life’s most difficult moments, including when it is time to plan a funeral or cremation.
We are proud to be part of the diverse community of Astoria, which is well-known for its Greek influence, including many Greek restaurants, bakeries, and tavernas. To celebrate this unique and special heritage of our neighborhood, we wanted to highlight some of the many ways you can celebrate the Greek culture here in NYC.
Due to the ever-changing circumstances associated with COVID-19, please check with each of these establishments on an individual basis for their opening and closing times, along with any specific requests the owners may have for guests.
Explore the Greek Collection at The Met
There’s no denying that the ancient Greeks left behind countless cultural and historic works of art for future generations to admire and cherish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has thousands of Greek works on display dating back to 4500 B.C. At this time, the museum is planning on reopening for in-person visits starting Aug. 29. However, until then, you can visit the museum’s website for details about its many Greek works of art and view publications, blogs, and videos.
Order Takeout from a Top-Rated Restaurant
NYC has so many different options when it comes to Greek food — from the classics to newer takes on old favorites. While it’s hard to objectively rank which restaurant is best, here’s a look at the top-ranked restaurants from a few different websites. Yelp reviewers have named The Greek in Tribeca at the top of their list, while TripAdvisor lists Loi Estiatorio in Midtown as its top restaurant, and Zagat’s staffers chose Estiatorio Milos in Midtown. Granted, we know these are not comprehensive lists by any means — if you have a favorite Greek restaurant, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments!
Explore the Socrates Sculpture Park
Looking for a way to safely enjoy arts and culture during this time of social distancing? Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, named after the famous Greek philosopher Socrates, is an outdoor museum and public park that works with internationally known artists to display exhibitions throughout the year. Its sculptures, programs, and gardens are free to all guests. During this time of social distancing, the park is also livestreaming and posting many virtual events.
Gather Ingredients for Your Own Greek Meal
In light of COVID-19, you may have concerns about visiting restaurants or other establishments, so why not make your own Greek dish? Titan Foods imports its foods directly from Greece and claims to be America’s largest Greek specialty food store. Located in Astoria, this store has been in business for 30 years. Its flagship location has groceries, a bakery, fresh Greek cheeses, and prepared meals.
The Onassis Cultural Center
The Onassis Cultural Center, located in Midtown, focuses on promoting Greek culture through cultural and educational initiatives. Throughout the year, the center hosts art exhibitions, dance productions, festivals, lectures, and other events. During this time of social distancing, the center has a variety of digital offerings available, including frequent updates to its YouTube channel.
At Farenga Funeral Home, we are deeply knowledgeable about the different religious customs when it comes to funerals, cremation, and burial. It’s important for us to be able to help all our neighbors plan the farewells they want and deserve. This includes our friends who practice the Greek Orthodox religion, who have traditions all their own. Have questions about how we can serve your family? Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.