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Astoria Characters: The Man at the End of the Line

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John manning the deli counter at Andrew & Frank's Catering.

The rush-hour regulars are lined up when John Zizzo steps behind the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 14, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

Friday May 8, 2015 Spring Fling Catholic\Christian Singles Mingle Fundraiser

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC has teamed up with WeekendDating.com to bring more Catholic/Christian singles on this very special Spring Fling Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefitting Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB).



CMMB is a global, faith-based health organization helping women and children lead healthier lives. To learn about CMMB go to…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on April 9, 2015 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Sneakers in the Sky

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Who threw them there and why?

I live around the corner from a private high school. If I ever need to be reminded of this fact, all I have to do is look up in the sky.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 7, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

Queens Arts Connection

The QAC is a professional development event for artists to learn more about the business of art, get feedback on their work, and build networks within the artistic community.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2:00-7:00pm

Hosted at Queens Museum

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY 11368

#7 Train to Mets-Willets Point

Artists will have the opportunity to have their portfolios critiqued by Queens Museum curatorial staff. The speed consultations will be an…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on April 1, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Rememberer

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War separated Pedro and his family when he was a child.

If you don't know anything about Pedro Fernandez de Unamuno, and most of the world…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 31, 2015 at 6:43am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Cat Guy

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Paul with one of his feline friends.

The cats didn't do it. Paul Santell wants that to be perfectly clear before he bares his left arm.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 24, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments

Can anyone recommend a good real estate agent?

Looking for an Astoria/LIC buyer's agent with experience in multi-family properties.  I realize there is blog content regarding real estate agents, but it seems to be limited to agents specializing in rentals.  Please help!  

Added by Cole on March 23, 2015 at 5:12pm — No Comments

$2,300 - 1 Bedroom on 28th street between Newtown and Astoria Blvd. (owner listed - No Fee)

Bright one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Astoria.  Stainless steel appliances, new construction (building is 2.5 years old), and balcony.  Skyline view from the balcony.  Storage Unit in building comes with apartment.  Laundry (coin-op) in building.  Parking spot available for $250.  Available April 1st.  

$2,300 - Email me for more info or to schedule a viewing - joshua.negreira@gmail.com

Pets welcome (additional security deposit).  …



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Added by Joshua Negreira on March 19, 2015 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who's Counting on 90

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Minnie, who retired three years ago, soon will be 90.

Minnie Daddario places a plate of pizzelle on the table. There aren't many people who make the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 17, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Senior Stunt Man

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Tony and his son Peter getting into the zone.

It's not as easy as it looks.

Tony Loupakis, who stands a mere 5 feet 4, grabs the bar of…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 10, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Costume Designer

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Emmy winner Erin designs costumes for Sesame Street.

"My house is like a zoo on Saturday mornings," says Erin Black.

So consider yourself warned and…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 3, 2015 at 6:43am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The All-Around Activist

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Mickey Z. in his protester's pose.

Even when he's not raising his furious fist to the sky, Mickey Z. is outstanding in the crowd. That's something to say because as a political…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 24, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Full-Cup Couple

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Giselle and Predrag at the OK Cafe.

Predrag Grncarski's a cappuccino guy; his wife,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 17, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Bird Lady

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Lynne and Jiminy, her therapy parrot.

It's a simple task: Carry the seltzer can outside to the trash can.

This is not something that Lynne Enman can do right off the bat. She…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 10, 2015 at 6:06am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Cooking Coach

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Joann's the author of the self-help cookbook "Overcoming Takeout."

It's flu season, and Joann Pandolfi comes carrying a care package for me. Her Little Red Riding Hood…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 3, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Sax Player

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Carol took up the sax 40 years ago.

Carol Sudhalter, the founder of Astoria…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 27, 2015 at 6:55am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Soloist

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Yomar raised two children on her own.

Why? Even for Yomar Ramirez, who is an introspective woman, it's not always easy to come up with a simple, satisfying…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 20, 2015 at 6:50am — No Comments

BOAST: Best of Astoria website is now live

Thank you to those who participated in the survey, and now the website BOAST: Best of Astoria is published! Find out about great food, drinks, and fun things to do and see in the area. Check it out and spread the word: boast.nyc

Added by Jonah Schrogin on January 14, 2015 at 11:50am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Man Who's Redrawing His Life

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Anthony with one of his artworks.

The painting, a brooding tattoo of black and white shapes flowing together like a raging river, is wrapped…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 13, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Creek Chronicler

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Mitch on the waterfront.

It's going to be a good day. Mitch Waxman knows this because he just saw a black cat with yellow eyes.

Read all about Mitch in Nancy Ruhling's…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 6, 2015 at 6:13am — No Comments

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