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Astoria Characters: The Queen of Ice Cream

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Jane is the owner of Sweet Janes on 24th Avenue.

Jane McGinn has always had a sweet spot for ice cream. She loves it in and of itself,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 1, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments

We Say No To Banning Cars On Shore Blvd.

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Added by Peter Argyris on August 30, 2015 at 7:22pm — 1 Comment

Astoria Characters: The Shrines

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Mary, lashed to the fence.

A decade ago, when I settled in Astoria, there was a saint squatting in my front yard.

Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 25, 2015 at 6:13am — No Comments

Thur Sep 24, 2015 Catholic Speed Dating - Singles Charity Event

The Catholic Fellowship has teamed up with WeekendDating.com to bring you this special speed dating event, which will take place on Thursday September 24th starting at 6:45pm on the 2nd floor at Mustang Harry's located at 352 7th Ave in Manhattan (5 minutes from Penn Station). This event is open to Catholic singles for men and women ages 28-43  who are looking to meet people of similar faith\values.…



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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on August 22, 2015 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Man Who Makes You Feel Right at Home

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Thal started Home Comforts in 1990.

The comforters aren't stacked straight, and it's driving Thal Tembelis crazy. He scrambles up a step ladder and adjusts the plastic packages so…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 18, 2015 at 6:47am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman All Set for Success

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You'll see Jamuna at Shade Bar Spa.

The fingernails on Jamuna Gurung's hardy hands are just the right length: Short enough to do work, long enough to be…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 11, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Sees the Good in Everything

Unfurling her collapsible cane, Cynthia Groopman strides toward the door of her room. Once she's in the hallway, she feels around the lock with her fingers until she "sees" the slot for the key.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 4, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Old-Timer You Won't See Any More

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Michael opened Madeleine's Hosiery some 40 years ago.

Madeleine's Hosiery, which has been on Steinway Street forever, or at least for as long as anyone can remember, probably won't be…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 28, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Flamenco Dancer

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Gabriela's the founder of American Bolero Dance Company.

If there's one steady thing that can be said of Gabriela Granados, it's that she can't sit…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 21, 2015 at 6:05am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Music Mama

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Shelly's working on album No. 5.

Singer. Songwriter. Musician. Performer. Wife. Mother. Worker.

Shelly Bhushan lists these labels -- she doesn't think she has left any out -- and…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 14, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Wedding Photographer

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Casey does the wedding circuit.

Casey Fatchett picks up his camera. Now he feels more at ease.

Read all about Casey in Nancy Ruhling's…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 7, 2015 at 6:04am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Souvlaki Lady

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Elpida pushes her pushcart onto her corner.

The smoke swells as the souvlakis sizzle.

They sear swiftly, so Elpida Vasiliadis has to turn them promptly while she's serving the people who stop at her pushcart.

Read all about Elpida in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 30, 2015 at 6:14am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Newborn Doula

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Annie's work revolves around children.

The call came at 10 at night. Annie LeVasseur had been eagerly expecting it, but, still, it made her nervous.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 23, 2015 at 6:18am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Wiping Tears From Her Eyes

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Ann is determined to regain her independence.

Ann Kos cannot meet you at the front door. She lives on the middle floor of her three-family house, and she can't go up and down the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 16, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments

Queens Beer book!!!

Astorians - Beer Drinkers... Check out the Queens Beer book!  Such an awesome way to check out the neighborhood

 http://brokelyn.com/queens-beer-book/

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Added by Ximena Pintado on June 11, 2015 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Harpsichordist Nancy Kito guests on "Don't Feed the Musicians" June 20th in Astoria

Every month, Rob Paravonian (he of “Pachelbel Rant” fame) hosts a monthly madhouse of music and merriment at QED Astoria:  “Don’t Feed the Musicians”.  Native New Yorker Nancy Kito, who grew up in Astoria (Crescent Street and 21st Ave!) takes a turn as a classical music guest artist between comedians.  Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7:30pm at QED Astoria.  With the comedy music of Killy Mockstar Dwyer, the comedy of Amanda Melson, the harpsichord skills of Nancy…

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Added by Nancy Kito on June 9, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Cerebral Cowboy

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Jim's a geologist for the city.

Does it smell like cigarette smoke?

Jim Ruchalski, a pack-a-day guy, has gone to a lot of trouble to clear the stale-smoke scent out of his…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 9, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Fairy Godmother

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Shireen and her daughter Janan at Arabesque Couture Boutique.

In between a boisterous bar and a game's-over gambling den, the Shireen Khan's Arabesque Couture Boutique…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 2, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

Friday June 5th Catholic/Christian Professionals Social at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Top

Drinks, social and Pierre Huyghe Roofgarden Commission on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Roof Top Bar with panoramic views of Manhattan, it doesn't get much better than that.

Location :

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rooftop)

1000 Fifth Avenue near E82nd Street

New York, NY 10021

http://www.metmuseum.org/

Fifth floor via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries. (For directions to the…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on May 26, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Lover Left Holding the Daffodils

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Daffodils are symbols of requited love.

When I first saw him, he was sitting on the stoop.

I wouldn't have noticed him except he was clutching…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 26, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

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