Astoria Among Top Neighborhoods For Social Distancing Violations

Maya Kaufman

ASTORIA, QUEENS — Astoria's partiers are getting too close for comfort.

The western Queens neighborhood drew hundreds of 311 complaints about people flouting social distancing rules in June, with three Astoria ZIP codes ranking in the top 10 citywide for the most reported violations, according to a Patch analysis of city data.

The ZIP codes 11103, 11105 and 11106 netted a total of more than 500 social distancing complaints from June 1 to June 30, the data shows.

No other New York City neighborhood had more than one ZIP code that made the top 10.

The West Village ZIP code 10014 accounted for 204 social distancing complaints in June, followed by the Upper East Side ZIP code 10028 with 196 complaints.

Astoria's 11103 ZIP code ranked third, with 187 complaints over the course of the month.

The top 10 ZIP codes for social distancing complaints from June 1 to June 30. (Data: NYC 311)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has threatened to halt or reverse reopening measures in regions where people continuously flout rules enacted to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, which call on New Yorkers to stay at least 6 feet apart from others and wear face coverings in public.

In Astoria, videos and photos of rule violators have flooded social media.

"People seem to forget we're in the middle of a pandemic," City Council Member Costa Constantinides said in response to a June 14 Patch article on social distancing complaints in Astoria.

"While I understand the need for people to get out and our small businesses to reopen, we all have a civic duty to continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask and keep others safe," Constantinides said. "Our healthcare system cannot take another shock from this virus."

This article originally appeared on the Astoria-Long Island City Patch