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Astoria Characters: The Guy With Smoke in His Eyes

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Ibrahim owns the cigar lounge Havana Puff.

It is while peering through the smoke that Ibrahim Amer sees things clearly. His cigar, resting in an ashtray like a sunbather…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 26, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Lovebirds

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Vincent and Violeta have been together for four decades.

It takes a while for Violeta M. Mileo to answer the front door. She has to walk down two flights of stairs, and…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 19, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Tamale Lady

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She's on Astoria Boulevard at Crescent Street.

The Tamale Lady. That's what everyone calls the weary young-old woman who pushes her shopping cart to the middle…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 12, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

Sat Aug 23rd Catholic Young Professionals Mass & Biergarten Social

The Catholic Fellowship of Northern NJ invites all Catholic professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s, both single and married, to join us for mass on Saturday August 23rd at 4:30PM at St. Anthony of Padua Church (NJ's oldest Polish parish) in Jersey City, NJ.



After mass, meet the group in the back of the church to head to Zeppelin Hall Biergarten around 6PM to enjoy a night of fun! This Jersey City Biergarten is casual with…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on August 10, 2014 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Charity Stager

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Tiffany, a former child actress, produces charity events that help kids.

The door opens and Roscoe, a kitten who looks like a black and white cookie, sticks his head out and watches…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 5, 2014 at 7:17am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Ice Cream Maven

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Dolma works in an ice cream factory.

At the mention of ice cream, a smile beams like…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 29, 2014 at 7:09am — No Comments

Performing Poetry Workshop with Ngoma Hill at Queens Council on the Arts



On Friday, August 15th, 3rd Space presents a Performing Poetry Workshop with Ngoma Hill. Designed particularly for Performance Poets this performance workshop enhances the poets’ ability to deliver poetry and develop stage presence through the use of drama techniques. Each participating poet should bring one…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on July 24, 2014 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guys With the Great Garden

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Christian, left, and Ben in their redecorated living room.

Martha Stewart doesn't live in the house with the gorgeous garden. Ben Tostado and Christian Kolarz do.…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 22, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Cookie Crooner

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Jack, the owner of Astoria Bakery, is a singer.

Jack Chiello is a low-key guy. He's also a man of few words. Getting him to talk about himself is like…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 15, 2014 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Lawyer and the Singer

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Cara and Marc: She sings and he does the legal work.

There's music playing when Marc Gross opens the door. Cara Samantha, his wife, is sitting on the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 8, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

2015 Queens Arts Fund: Funding for Queens Artists and Arts Organizations

Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) supports the hard work and contributions of the borough’s creative citizens with our Queens Arts Fund (QAF) grant program. These QAF grants help build the creative community in Queens.

The online submission deadline for ALL applications is Thursday, October 9, 2014. The QAF application must be submitted using QCA’s online application will be available after July 1st at…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on July 1, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Laundry on the Line

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Letting it all hang out.

There was a pole and a pulley at the end of my driveway when I moved in. This cave-man apparatus was tethered to the back of the house by an ancient umbilical…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 1, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

Queens Council on the Arts’ 3rd Space Brings Emerging Artists Together

On Friday, July 18th, Queens Council on the Arts’ 3rd Space is proud to present Amy Wu and the launch of QNSMADE, a web-based project that celebrates the stories of Queens through a series of portraits and interviews. QNSMADE features artists, makers, and doers who…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on June 30, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Cars Hitting Pedestrians// busy texting yicks

Cars drive to fast way beyond the speed limit and throw pedestrians down,

because they are busy texting.I got thrown down by one of these cars too on Northern Blvd. crossing at the green light. Friends of mine too have been hit by car drivers to busy to be watching the road. Drivers have to many electric devices to use when they should be watching the road.

Someone should due something about this before more people are hurt.

Just because some people text while driving does not… Continue

Added by Jane Roth on June 27, 2014 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Death Racers

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Erin and Eldar are racing this weekend.

At the door that separates the formal living room and dining room, there's a basic-black chin-up bar. Erin and…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 24, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Baker's Son

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When's he's not at Vaccaro's bakery, Vincenzo's acting.

When the outdoor table is empty, Vincenzo Vaccaro takes a break and a seat. He lights a cigarette and in…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 17, 2014 at 8:54am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Robbery Victims

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Mack and Susan lost $10,000.

It is what the masked men did to her before they took the money that keeps Sajida Gulamrasool up at night.

Read all about Susan…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 10, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Old Kid on the Block

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Jimmy has lived his entire life in Astoria -- in the same house.

It's going on six decades. Even Jimmy Bejanis is astounded when he does the math. That's a long time -- his entire…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 3, 2014 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Soul Worker

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Eleni's philosophy is embodied in her colorsofwellness.com.

Eleni Petraki used to be a dancer. There's not a bit of regret in her voice when…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 27, 2014 at 8:29am — No Comments

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