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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

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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

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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

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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

Astoria Characters: The Face Behind the Mural





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Ron created the Astoria: We Are All Family mural.

Every day, Ron Hall walks three and a half…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 9, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Iron Men

 

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Harvey has been working for Empire City Iron Works since 1961.



 

 Belmont. JFK Airport. The Metropolitan Museum…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 2, 2016 at 6:32am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Never Left Home

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Tony has been living in the same house since birth.

Tony De Pace, tanned as a pancake, has just come back from Disney World.

 If you didn’t know that, the Mickey Mouse mugs on the cluttered coffee table and large framed photos of the celebrated Florida…
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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 26, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Friday August 12, 2016 Catholic/Christian Professionals Cheers for Charity

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholic/Christian professionals age 21 and over to a Cheers for Charity event on Friday August 12, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Sweetwater…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on July 23, 2016 at 9:48am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

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Mark started piano lessons when he was 8.

The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas’ apartment is the Roland digital piano.

It’s big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van Dyke did with that pesky…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 19, 2016 at 6:27am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Devoted Daughter

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Antri donates money to people so they can pay their medical bills.

What Antri Papanikolaou remembers most about her 16th birthday is that it was the last one she ever got to spend with her mother.

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

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 12, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments

Simply Fit Astoria and Simply Cycle Astoria Merging and Reopening In New Space!

Sharing their newsletter here - big news for these local businesses! 

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It's the moment we've all been waiting for, the big reveal! 
The homes were built by us, for us, with the goal of improving the overall health and wellness of our community. Well ladies and gents, we have done exactly that! Simply Fit Astoria has enjoyed almost 6…
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Added by Theresa Montgomery on July 5, 2016 at 8:10am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Composer Who Came Out of a Coma

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Allen’s a composer.

It happened a little more than two years ago, but Allen Schulz says it seems more like a lifetime.

In March 2014, he was in Pittsburgh to…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 5, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Falafel King

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The King has a new restaurant on Broadway.

YEAHHHHH BABY! Finally, The King of Falafel & Shawarma is…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 28, 2016 at 6:10am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Played With the Monkees

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Gregory's the principal trombonist with the Astoria Symphony Orchestra.

Laughter. That’s the first thing you hear in Gregory…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 21, 2016 at 5:28am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: God's Handyman

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Henry has devoted his retirement to Trinity.

As Henry Kimpel climbs the stone steps of Trinity Lutheran Church, an act he has done some 12,000 times since he joined the congregation nearly seven decades…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 14, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Artist With Vast Bodies of Work

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Gene recently opened Coffey Shop Tattoos.…
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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 7, 2016 at 6:24am — No Comments

Friday July 8, 2016 Catholic/Christian Professionals Social @ The Metropolitan Museum Roof Top

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites all Catholics/Christians to join us for a social at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Top on Friday July 8th from 6pm to…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on June 5, 2016 at 8:46pm — No Comments

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