Underneath the Hell Gate Bridge between Steinway Street and 23rd Avenue, a mural depicting mythical Greek characters covers the wall next to Olympia Sports Bar and Billiards. Medusa, with green skin, a piercing stare, and hair of colorful snakes with razor sharp teeth, is the standout portion of the painting.
Painted in 2012 by students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, in collaboration with “Lady Pink” a local street artist, the mural is a part of an initiative created in the ’90s by the New York Anti-Crime Agency to combat graffiti in the neighborhood. Since the initiative’s start, the students have created multiple murals throughout the neighborhood that depict various themes and characters. The use of Greek characters in this particular piece pays tribute Astoria’s large Greek community. Astoria is home to 13,829 people of Greek ancestry, according to the American Community Survey.
Other murals by the students and Lady Pink can be found under the Astoria/Ditmars subway stop on the N/Q line and at 23rd Avenue and 33rd Street.