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Astoria Characters: The Got-Game(s) Players

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Syrus strategizing at The Geekery HQ at 42-11 Broadway.

From the top shelf of The Geekery HQ's lending library, Syrus Gabales brings forth an orange box.

Syrus, who prefers…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 10, 2016 at 6:41am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Gentle Giant

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Ozzie books the bands at Gussy's.

At the front door of Gussy's…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 3, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Champion of Comic Books

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Silver Age Comics just celebrated its silver anniversary.

At the last stop on the N and Q lines, at the end of a short tunnel,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 26, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Friday May 20, 2016 Spring Fling Catholic/Christian Singles Mingle Fundraiser

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC and WeekendDating.com have teamed up together to bring hundreds of singles for this very special Spring Fling Catholic Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefiting Food for the Poor on Friday May…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on April 24, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Hollywood Star

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Pelham 1,2,3 and Denzel's visit.

Someone slipped a sheet of paper into my mailbox. It looked like junk, and, in my haste, I…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 19, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Clown Juggling a Double-Fun Life

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David and Dusty.

David Ellis can’t stop the clowning around.…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 12, 2016 at 6:32am — No Comments

Queens Council on the Art’s 50th Anniversary Dance Party!

2016 marks an important date for the arts in Queens that we hope you’ll join us in celebrating because it’s QCA’s 50th Birthday! On April 4, 1966, creative visionaries much like you came together to found Queens Council on the Arts. Join us on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:30pm to celebrate our 50th in style. Queens Council on the Arts takes on LIC Landing, the spectacular waterfront park, an event space set against the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Manhattan…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on April 7, 2016 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Hypnotist

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Craig is from Scotland.

Look into my…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 5, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Painter Who's Coloring In Her Life Lines

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Juniper's first show runs through April.

Sometimes it takes a long time to figure out who you are and who you want to be.

For…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 29, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Heartbreakers Open Mic Music - Easter Sunday Mar. 27th 3-7pm @ McLoughin's in Astoria, steps from BWAY Subway stop

Want to play, jam a bit, try out a new tune, polish old one, showcase a unique take on a cover, or just dig some fabulous local performers and drink specials? This must be the place ... Heartbreakers Open Mic, every Sunday, 3-7pm, Live Music Only, at McLouglin's Bar, 31-06…

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Added by Wendie Gueorguieva on March 23, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Actor Who's Wooing the World

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Toney is out to persuade you.

Actors make their living manufacturing emotions at a moment’s notice.

Happy. Sad. Surprised.

Toney Brown does them all flawlessly, but…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 22, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Life of the Party

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Elizabet has owned La Bomboniera Marylu for 11 years.

There has been much to celebrate in Elizabet Flores' life, but she has marked only four occasions with formal…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 15, 2016 at 6:40am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Gal of Grand Gestures

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Verunka acting out her motto.

It's too hard to sit still, and there's no point to it. Life equals kinetic energy, which is why Verunka Vlkova-Fierro plugs in the 6-foot-long sign as soon as she makes her entrance into the living…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 8, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Couple With the Right Recipe

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Antigone and George own Victory Sweet Shop.

Forty-eight. That's how many years the Victory Sweet Shop, Astoria's oldest Greek bakery, has…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 1, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Salumeria's Big (Mozzarella) Cheese

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Joe's the owner of Dave & Tony Salumeria.

There's one central aisle at Dave & Tony Salumeria.…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 23, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Leaders of the Band

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Ken and Ben are the  founders of Beecher's Fault.

The map on the wall is punctuated with round red pins that look like Rudolph's reindeer nose. Each one of them, Ben Taylor…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 16, 2016 at 6:27am — No Comments

Fri Feb 12, 2016 Pre-Valentine Catholic/Christian Singles Mingle Charity

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC and WeekendDating.com have teamed up to bring hundreds of Catholic/Christian singles together for this very special Pre-Valentine’s Day Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefiting Catholic Relief Services.



Come out to Mustang Harry's located at 352 7th Avenue,…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on February 9, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The 5-Bark Barista

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Lola waiting at Chateau le Woof for her boyfriend.

There's a parade of pooches prancing into Chateau le Woof. That's fine with Natassa Contini who designed it to go to the dogs…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 9, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Ex-Cop on the Legal Beat

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Phill is a bankruptcy lawyer.

Bankruptcy is not as bad as you think. Before you dismiss this seemingly novel idea, give Phill Mahony a chance to explain it to you.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 2, 2016 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Head Wigmaker

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Ralf is a custom wigmaker; he did The Donald.

Raffaele Mollica is standing at the worktable in his basement studio with a half dozen tiny tissue-paper…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 26, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments

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