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Astoria Characters: The Yoga Singer

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Brian putting on his Gene Kelly.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the one and only Brian Golub. He can talk like a real trooper (in a BBC British,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on January 14, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The School Fireman

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 Tommy takes care of P.S. 122.

In the bowels of the boiler room of P.S. 122, Tommy Gawiak sits solo. The sun hasn't rubbed the sleep out of its eyes yet, and the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 17, 2013 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Cheers-to-You Guy

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Eric is the owner of Jolson Liquor.

A job to get through college. That's all it was supposed to be. Eric Bernabo laughs.

Before he can say more, a customer comes in,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 17, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

An update on the "I live here" mural project and how to get involved

Hi Why Leave Astorians,

I'm working on a mural in Queens that says "I live here" in the 160+ languages spoken in the borough - to be created sometime in 2014. 

To prepare I'm collecting the words for "I live here" in each language, in both written and video form.  SO if you speak a language that's not yet featured on the project website, please get in touch annabel (at) ILiveHereQueens.com with the words…

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Added by Annabel Short on December 1, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Paints the Fire Alarm Boxes

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John takes his task seriously.

He never would have done it if he hadn't lost his job. But John Colgan got bored. He's not the kind of guy who can sit on the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 21, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

FRIDA League

Hello everyone,

I want to inform you that a new Animal Rights and Welfare Nonprofit Organization called FRIDA League is being established in NYC, and based right here in Astoria.

FRIDA (Freedom, Respect, Integrity and Dignity for Animals) League is committed to helping NYC Animal (No Kill) Shelters attain funding in order to keep their operations active. FRIDA League is also committed to fighting Puppy Mills  and lobbying for stronger laws and regulations concerning Animal…

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Added by A K on October 31, 2013 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Help Us Create the Sound of Art!

“Neural: Cleave,” a sound installation and conversation with artists Michelle Jaffé and Marta Jovanovic

Come and immerse yourself in a one of a kind sound experience by sound artist Michelle Jaffé.

MJ Bosi WF 2012

“Sharing my work with the Queens Arts community is a way to reach…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on November 10, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sound of the Underground

Underground Sound was a manifestation of Tuch’s own colorful and open-minded taste though. Beside hip-hop, he stocked plenty of titles from the second coming of the New York hardcore scene.

Read the article about Astoria's late, great record store, Underground Sound,…

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Added by Michael Stahl on November 11, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Painted Lady With the Pink Poodle

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Leia is an artist and a dog groomer.

The first thing you see is the pink poodle prancing like a princess. Her Liberace collar dances in the sunlight, nearly blotting out her pipsqueak…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 19, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Breadwinner

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Chubby has been working for Tom Cat since he came to this country.

When Chubby Icaza opens the door, the sweet scent of baking bread spills out into the street…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 23, 2013 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters; The Guitar Man

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Jon is devoting himself to his music career.

Three guitars and a chin-up bar. There's not much else in this monk cell of a living room. The shy guy doesn't know what to do with his hands, so he…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 5, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Veteran Survivor

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A World War II veteran, Attilio is 93.

Attilio Poli is standing tall in the asphalt drive of his back yard. He's gazing at his fig trees and grapevines, but…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 8, 2013 at 8:24am — No Comments

Will NYC HANES Select You?

Fellow Astorians!    Will You Be Selected?

3,000 New Yorkers—including residents of the Astoria—have been randomly selected for an important health survey based on their address.  If selected, you'll receive a letter or someone with identification will knock on your door. 

You don’t even have to leave your home to participate in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination…

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Added by Lorna Thorpe on October 18, 2013 at 12:11pm — No Comments

QCA's 3rd Space – Queens Literary Town Hall

3rd Space is a series of monthly events that invites local artists to host events to build strong and vibrant artist networks and to creatively lead the continuing transformation of the borough’s cultural economy.

The inaugural 3rd Space event features “The Queens Literary Town Hall”, curated by Queens based artist Audrey Dimola. The evening will be part performance, part…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on October 16, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Volunteer at a Local Theater Company

APAC, an Astoria based theater company, is looking for volunteers this month to help us build our set and load in our fall mainstage show - The Cottage.  We are starting to build tomorrow at 10am, and will be building most weekends and evenings for the next couple of weeks.  You don't need any particular skill set - we have jobs from helping organize to painting to helping build things. Carpentry skills is a plus. We will provide pizza and a free ticket to the show. It's a great way to…

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Added by Annie Jacobs on October 4, 2013 at 8:15pm — No Comments

On Being a Mets Fan

"The thing is though, it’s the heartbreak that makes being a Mets fan agreeable.

If we as human beings are the sum of the impacts of external stimuli in our respective environments, as the behaviorists feel, then few things are better for our psyches than Mets fandom. Being a Mets fan teaches…

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Added by Michael Stahl on October 3, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Wedding Gown in the Trash

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

The wedding gown had been kicked to the curb.

I'd like to tell you that I saw it shining in the light of the moon. That would be more romantic.

But…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 2, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Learn to ring bells (FREE) in Astoria

Come learn to ring bells with us at Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th Street, Astoria!

-) It's FREE

-) No previous knowledge of music necessary

-) Enjoy a true community feel: since we all play the same instrument together, there is much camaraderie & a supportive atmosphere.

-) Being in close proximity to the vibrations of the bells is relaxing &…

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Added by Saw Lady on October 2, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

New Video "At The Bar"

http://youtu.be/HjBBDndPy8M

Shot at Hell Gate Social
Album Release Party there on Fri. Oct. 4th

Added by Illimanjaro on September 26, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Teacher Who Makes Music Come Alive

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Yulia teachers music at P.S. 20.

It's been a long time since Yulia Lopshitz has talked about any of this, and it makes her think she's…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 25, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

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