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Astoria Characters: The Man Fully Invested in Finance

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Korsa, a financial advisor, is from Nigeria.

There's not much to see in Korsa K. Nzidee's office because he's just moved into it.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 6, 2015 at 6:34am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Man Who Clothes Cathedrals

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Konstantinos owns Byzantion Woodworking on Astoria Boulevard.

The cane, shiny like a sword, doesn't bother Konstantinos Pylarinos that much. He's learned to shuffle slowly with it…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 29, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Ghosts Guide

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Marie knows where all the bodies are buried.

Just when you think you've heard everything odd about Astoria, Marie Carter starts telling stories.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 22, 2015 at 6:11am — No Comments

Fri Oct 23, 2015 Catholic/Christian Professionals Fall Social

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholic/Christian professionals to a social at The Houston Hall Beer Garden on Friday October 23rd from 6:30PM – 9:30PM.

The Houston Hall is located at 222 West Houston Street, New York, NY between Bedford Street & Varick Street.  

Step back in time to early 1900s New York in this West Village garage converted to an indoor spacious beer garden.   The Houston Hall has very large (8,000+ square feet), open, high ceiling…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on September 21, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Song and Sales Man

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Steven is an agent for Halvatzis Realty.

Steven Shane Wolhar is trying to drink his morning coffee, but every time he's about to take a sip, his cellphone…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 15, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Blue-Collar Champion

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Sergio with his Lunchtime pals.

You can't miss Sergio Furnari's pickup truck. It's the dusty-silver 2002 Dodge Ram carrying 11 passengers on its…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 8, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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