Astoria Financial Corp. agreed Wednesday to acquire Fidelity New York Federal Savings Bank for $160 million in cash, creating a $6.4 billion-asset thrift.

The purchase, at 1.6 times book value, is the third big thrift deal announced in the New York area in as many weeks. In late June, North Fork Bancorp agreed to buy Metro Bankshares for $142 million in stock, and last week Dime Bancorp said it would merge with Anchor Bancorp in a $511 million stock transaction.

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