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Astoria Characters: The Hip-Sip Guy



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Juuz.me Bar & Grill is at 19-23 Ditmars Blvd.…
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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 29, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Artist Who's a Work in Progress



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Portrait of an emerging artist.


The small studio is hidden, behind a hollow-core wooden… Continue

Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 22, 2016 at 5:59am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Baker Who's Found Her Sweet Spot

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Anastasia's the owner of Aloria Cakes and Gourmet Sweets.

There are eight fresh-baked cupcakes on the metal stand. Anastasia Cunningham is crowning each with a snowflake star…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 15, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The WWII Veteran With the Purple Heart

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Herb was drafted when he was in college.

When the Battle of the Bulge bomb went off, Herb Greenberg flew up in the air. He landed…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 8, 2016 at 5:22am — No Comments

11/18/16 Catholic/Christian Professionals Fall Social & Fundraiser

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholic/Christian professionals to a Fall Social & Fundraiser on Friday November 18, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The event benefits Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and is held at…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on November 4, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Tree Tender



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Nancy is her block's tree keeper.


Along the stretch of 27th Street that slouches toward Con Ed, there are 22 new honey locust trees.

Nancy Perez knows this…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 1, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Paints Faces (and Bellies)

Six-year-old Abby wants to be a catterfly, a creature of her imagination that is at once cat and butterfly, and her less articulate 3-year-old brother, Andy, can’t wait to turn himself into a snake monster.

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Lenore drew from her childhood to create her career.

That’s why they’re visiting Lenore…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 25, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guy at the Uke Hut

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Masafumi, a musician, works at the Uke Hut.

It’s really easy to play the ukulele.

To show you, Masafumi Sakai starts strumming…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 18, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments

11/4/16 First Friday of the Month Latin Mass & Social for Catholic/Christian Professionals 20s, 30s & 40s

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholic/Christian professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s to join us for a Latin Mass follow by a Social.

Let's give our devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus by attending the First Friday of the Month Latin Mass. The Mass is held at The Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan, and starts at 6pm on Friday November 4, 2016.



After mass (around 7pm),…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on October 14, 2016 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Upstaging Actor

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Kevin's been on Broadway.

It doesn’t take much persuading to get Kevin David Thomas to do some goofy poses.

Read all about Kevin in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 11, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Immigrants' Advocate

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Antonio runs two nonprofits.

There are two things you notice when you walk into Antonio Meloni’s office: American Bald Eagle statues and…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 4, 2016 at 6:12am — No Comments

Sat Oct 1, 2016 "Following the Pathway to Love" talk for Catholics/Christians both single & married

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholics / Christians 21 both single and married to join us for a special talk by our guest speaker Bryan Mercier on “Following the Pathway to Love” on Saturday October 1, 2016 starting at 6:30pm.  

The talk will focus on the 4 levels of love: Attraction, Desire, Goodwill,…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on September 28, 2016 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The 86-Year-Old Boy with the Skateboard

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Ralph has invented a new set of wheels for skateboards.

Just to be clear, Ralph Charell did not…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 27, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Painter Who Puts Time in its Place

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Sharon paints the city's iconic buildings.

As Sharon Florin climbs the wide staircase to her top-floor studio, an act that she has done going on 40 years, it reminds her of how much things have…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 20, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Saturday October 1, 2016 "Following the Pathway to Love" talk for Catholics/Christians

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites you to join us for a special talk by our guest speaker Bryan Mercier on “Following the Pathway to Love” on Saturday October 1, 2016 starting at 6:30pm.  The talk (open to Catholics\Christians 21+, both single and married) will focus on the 4 levels of love: Attraction, Desire, Goodwill, and Marital Love…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on September 16, 2016 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Widow Who Can't Wear Her Wedding Ring

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

She lost her husband, Ugo, two years ago.

Anna Conti is not wearing her wedding ring. It’s not that she doesn’t want to put it on.



She’s a widow, and the ring makes her…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 14, 2016 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Does It All for the Kids

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Ayisha is a school crossing guard and a children's advocate.

“Would…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 6, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Stand-Up Mom

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Christine's the founder of UP-STAND.

It’s a warm, sunny day, so 2-year-old Ani is dancing around the apartment in anticipation of playing…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 30, 2016 at 6:24am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Bug Buster

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Gil’s the president of Standard Pest Management.

There’s a fly buzzing around the office. Instead of trying to swat…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 23, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Power Couple

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Nick and Noel and Max.

Saturday night. Love at first sight. (Well, almost.)

The time: December 2007

The place: a club in…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 16, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

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