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Astoria Characters: The Italian Fairy

“I wanted to greet you as the Italian Fairy,” says Simona Rodano as she opens her arms and embraces me like a long-lost friend.



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The Italian Fairy, aka Simona Rodano.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 17, 2017 at 6:33am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Ex-Ballerina Who's Doing a Different Dance

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 10, 2017 at 6:14am — No Comments

Fri Jan 13th Catholic/Christian Professionals Billiards Fundraiser at Society Billiards

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC is organizing this very special Catholic/Christian Professionals Billiards Fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities on Friday January 13, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Society Billiards in Manhattan.



This event is NOT crazy competitive. Beginners are welcome. We have 5 tables for two hours, and you will have the opportunity to play with different groups of people throughout the night.



Don’t worry if you are coming alone. Most…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on January 8, 2017 at 10:11am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Found Himself at Home in America

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Nabeel is the marketing director of Bareburger.



There are bags under Nabeel Alamgir’s eyes. It has nothing — and everything — to do with age.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 3, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Champion of Playground 35

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 27, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Creator of the Christmas Village

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Jose with his Christmas village.

The lights and stars are twinkling in tandem. The women are shopping in the outdoor farmers’ market, and the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 20, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments

Friday January 13, 2017 Catholic/Christian Professionals Billiards Fundraiser

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC is organizing this very special Catholic/Christian Professionals Billiards Fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities.

This event is NOT crazy competitive. Beginners are welcome. We have 5 tables for two hours and you will have the opportunity to play with different groups of people throughout the night.

Don’t worry if you are…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on December 16, 2016 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Kick-Ass Trainer

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Nick started gymnastics at 4, martial arts at 5.

It’s early in the morning when Nick Robyn sprints up the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 13, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Seamstress Who Brings Daddies and Daughters Together

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Evgeniya is from Russia.

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

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

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