According to a guy we spoke to in the doorway of Der Schwarze Kolner, the German-style beer garden should be open by the end of the month.Short and sweet. I, for one, am very excited. I've spent more time at the Astoria beer garden(s) this summer than I have in years.
Update: Der Schwarze Koelner is now open! The Local has a great write-up.
Check out Clinton Hill Blog's review as well.