By Jena McGregor
New York (CNN) -- A Queens neighborhood may seem a world away, but residents are closely following the financial crisis and violent protests in Greece.
Each morning, Greek-Americans file into the Omonia Cafe, a popular restaurant and bakery in Astoria, to pick up their coffee. Some patrons linger around later and watch in disbelief on Greek television as police disperse rioters with tear gas. Passions ran high as Greek lawmakers began their vote on the country's austerity measures.
"I'm very disgusted with the situation," says auto technician Jimmy Dimitriadis. "With the politicians, in my opinion, they're all criminals. They don't care for their country and their people."