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The City: Iconic Astoria Pool Hall Gets a Second Shot at Survival

Steinway Cafe-Billiards will stay put for now and eventually get a new lease on life one block over, according to manager Athena Mennis.


The 32-year-old Astoria pool hall — located at the heart of the incoming $2 billion, five-block development Innovation QNS — was at risk of being shuttered and displaced after City Council approved the project on Nov. 22, and as a COVID-related rent dispute lawsuit with its current landlord pends in court.


But the neighborhood’s local Council member, Julie Won, stopped by the billiards cafe to deliver good news on Thursday, Mennis said — three weeks after THE CITY reported on what appeared to be the imminent end of the local mainstay.





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