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Astoria Characters: The Ex-Cop on the Legal Beat

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Phill is a bankruptcy lawyer.

Bankruptcy is not as bad as you think. Before you dismiss this seemingly novel idea, give Phill Mahony a chance to explain it to you.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 2, 2016 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Head Wigmaker

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Ralf is a custom wigmaker; he did The Donald.

Raffaele Mollica is standing at the worktable in his basement studio with a half dozen tiny tissue-paper…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 26, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

Friday Feb 12, 2016 Pre-Valentine Catholic/Christian Singles Mingle Charity

Pre-Valentine’s Day Catholic/Christian Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefiting Catholic Relief Services

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC and WeekendDating.com have teamed up to bring hundreds of Catholic/Christian singles together for this very special Pre-Valentine’s Day Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefiting Catholic Relief Services.…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on January 24, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The New Father

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Kyle and 6-month-old Cove.

Kyle Marshall is still new at this father stuff, and he wants to make sure he's doing a good job.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 19, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Winter's Tale (of 3 Turtles)

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Franklin and Junior in their winter house.

Technically, our tale of Franklin and Junior starts in the summer, but…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 12, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments

Friday February 12th Pre-Valentine Catholic/Christian Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefit Catholic Relief Services

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC and WeekendDating.com have teamed up to bring hundreds of Catholic/Christian singles together for this very special Pre-Valentine’s Day Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefiting Catholic Relief Services.



Come out to Mustang Harry's on Friday, Februrary 12th, 2016 from 7:00 PM 10:00 PM.



Over 200 singles attended our previous singles mingle charity event. …



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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on January 8, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

New BOAST: Best of Astoria Survey (winter 2015-16) is LIVE

The new BOAST: Best of Astoria Survey (winter 2015-16) is out now, so it would be great if you fill it out! We always appreciate if you add a short 1-2 sentence write-up. The last day to submit is Tuesday, January 12.

Here is the link.

We’d like to get as many responses as possible, so…

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Added by Jonah Schrogin on January 5, 2016 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Creativity Coach

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Susan takes a creative approach to clutter.

If you don't know that Susan Weiman is creative, all you have to do is look at her living…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 5, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Hands-On Healer

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Galina is the owner of Acupuncture For All.

It is so quiet in Galina Tsypin's office that you can hear a pin drop. Or, to be more precise, a needle.

Galina, you see,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 29, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Standup Comedians Take Over Astoria

Astoria is the mecca for stand-up comedy. Well, it's the mecca of where many stand-up comedians live. Since the 2000's (and for some before) comics moved to Astoria because the rent was less expensive and it was a short ride to Manhattan. Don't believe me? Check out this article in the New York Times  from 2009 entitled "Anybody Here From Astoria?" As history repeats itself, once…

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Added by Michelle Slonim on December 23, 2015 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Family Portrait

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Patricia with her children, Jeanne and Devin, at Seasoned Art.

It was art that drew them together.

Patricia Boes, the official artist in the family,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 22, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments

Friday Jan 15, 2016 NYC Catholic Speed Dating - Singles Charity Event

***SPECIAL NOTE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT: YOU MUST PREPAY AND REGISTER***: please register through this site only and enter discount code "Catholic” " to save (tickets sell fast as this is a popular event): http://www.weekenddating.com/upcoming.shtml?eventid=5970

The Catholic Fellowship of…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on December 17, 2015 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Family's Jewel

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Pasang is subbing at the Jewels of Buddha.

There's something comforting about rituals. Pasang Tsaga…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 15, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Artist Who's Sharing Her Easel

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Shasta's SHASTYE channels the innner artist in children.

A mommy, baby strapped to her stomach, is peering through a front window of SHASTYE Gallery and Play Space, trying to figure out what it's…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 8, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Community-Minded Pastor

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Thia's the pastor at Astoria First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Plunk, plunk, plunk; plink-plink-plink-plink. Someone is playing, let's make that pounding, a toy piano.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 1, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Plays the Toy Piano

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Phyllis' UnCaged Toy Piano Festival starts after Thanksgiving.

There's a baby grand in the living room, but when Phyllis Chen sits down to…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 24, 2015 at 6:39am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Juice Guy

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John's the owner of Underpenny and Paris Health New Direction.

It's breakfast time, and John Sung Park is at the front door with a big grin on his face.

He's been up…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 17, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Two Who Aren't One

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Richard, left, and Manny are identical twins.

The guy behind the desk gets up to answer the phone. In the blink of an eye, he's back. But wait a second. He's wearing a black shirt. When he left, it was blue. How did he do…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 10, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Life Listener

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Javi in his shop, HiFi Records & Cafe.

There are parts of his past that are sad, so William Javier Velazquez does what he has been doing his entire life to ease the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 3, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

Wed Nov 11, 2015 NYC Catholic/Christian Singles Mingle Party Fundraiser benefiting Food for the Poor

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC  and WeekendDating.com have teamed up to bring hundreds of Catholic/Christian singles together for this very special Fall Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefiting Food for the Poor.

Come out to SLATE located at 54 W21st Street, Btw 5th Ave & 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on October 31, 2015 at 9:41pm — No Comments

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