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Astoria Characters: The Family's Jewel

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Pasang is subbing at the Jewels of Buddha.

There's something comforting about rituals. Pasang Tsaga…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 15, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Artist Who's Sharing Her Easel

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Shasta's SHASTYE channels the innner artist in children.

A mommy, baby strapped to her stomach, is peering through a front window of SHASTYE Gallery and Play Space, trying to figure out what it's…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 8, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Community-Minded Pastor

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Thia's the pastor at Astoria First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Plunk, plunk, plunk; plink-plink-plink-plink. Someone is playing, let's make that pounding, a toy piano.

Thia…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 1, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Plays the Toy Piano

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Phyllis' UnCaged Toy Piano Festival starts after Thanksgiving.

There's a baby grand in the living room, but when Phyllis Chen sits down to…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 24, 2015 at 6:39am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Juice Guy

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John's the owner of Underpenny and Paris Health New Direction.

It's breakfast time, and John Sung Park is at the front door with a big grin on his face.

He's been up…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 17, 2015 at 6:21am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Two Who Aren't One

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Richard, left, and Manny are identical twins.

The guy behind the desk gets up to answer the phone. In the blink of an eye, he's back. But wait a second. He's wearing a black shirt. When he left, it was blue. How did he do…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 10, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Life Listener

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Javi in his shop, HiFi Records & Cafe.

There are parts of his past that are sad, so William Javier Velazquez does what he has been doing his entire life to ease the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 3, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments

Wed Nov 11, 2015 NYC Catholic/Christian Singles Mingle Party Fundraiser benefiting Food for the Poor

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC  and WeekendDating.com have teamed up to bring hundreds of Catholic/Christian singles together for this very special Fall Singles Mingle Fundraiser benefiting Food for the Poor.

Come out to SLATE located at 54 W21st Street, Btw 5th Ave & 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on October 31, 2015 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guys Who Grow Glass Gardens

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Gilberto, left, and Onesis at Crystal Gardens.

Onesis Castillo arrives carefully carrying a cactus, and Gilberto Gonzalez holds open…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 27, 2015 at 6:42am — No Comments

Friday 11/11/15 Catholic/Christian Singles Mingle Party Fundraiser at Slate

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

Come out to SLATE located at 54 W21st Street, Btw 5th Ave & 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010 http://www.slate-ny.com/ on Wednesday, November 11, 2015…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on October 25, 2015 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who's So Into Style

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Sophie's luxury menswear collection is SoSophie.

The day is as steamy as the tea Sophie Kempner is sipping. Imbibing it is part ritual,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 20, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman With the World at Her Fingertips

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Nancy and her mother run Hermes Travel.

She's traveled all over the world, but today, and nearly every day, the longest journey that Anastasia Damianeas will take is from her…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 13, 2015 at 6:40am — No Comments

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

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