The Fabulous Frenchie King

It’s tough being famous. Just ask Oskar. He’s standing in the window of his chic pet boutique, The Jumping Bulldog, getting ready to sunbathe on his royal-red bed when I show up. Nobody told him about this interview and photo shoot, and his day is packed with play dates. But like all great celebrities, he smiles and takes it in stride. His mommy, Tanja R. Firrigno, will hear about it later no matter how many treats she proffers in apology. Oskar — like Cher and Madonna, he doesn’t need a last name — is only 3, but ever since Tanja&…

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The Wondrous Wellness Woman

Strong sunlight streams onto the circular coffee table, illuminating a pyramid-shaped amethyst crystal and a white candle that sends out the scents of lemon and verbena. Golda Poretsky settles herself on the plush red-velveteen sofa and places her tarot cards on the table. After asking the universe, in the name of the Cosmic Mother and the Cosmic Father, to bless the reading, she slowly shuffles the deck. Flip, flip, flip, she turns over the oversized, sapphire-color cards. She pushes her long dark hair behind her ears and adjusts her purple eyeglasses to put them closer to her all-seeing eyes. Golda,&…

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The Gallant Globe-Trotter

Soft music plays, crystal chandeliers sparkle like diamonds in the dimmed light and candles fill the air with the seasonal scent of bayberry. “What can I get for you – wine, lemonade, filtered water?” asks Timothee Faberger. He stands at attention, smiling as if getting the answer is the only thing in the world that matters. Timothee, flight attendant/caterer/tour guide, has made a profession of making guests feel at home whether they’re at his three-family house in Astoria, a party in an exclusive Manhattan loft or in Russia on a river cruise. Like a metal detector that reaches …

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The Corner-Eatery’s Owner

It’s the after-lunch rush, and the line of UPS drivers stopping in for a snack is almost out the door. Andreas Andreou hasn’t had a break all day or a day off in more than a month, but he gladly steps behind the counter to take the take-out orders. There’s nobody else to do it. His mother, Timi, is slaving over the stove, his father, Rotis, is manning the grill, his younger sister, Avgie, is heating the pizza slices, and his best friend, Robbie Greco, is at the cash register. Cyprus Corner, which is close to Astoria …

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