The Trivia Guy You Saw on TV

Well-known fact: Ken Jennings won $100,000 yesterday on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Little-known fact: Tony Hightower is the guy who couldn’t give him the right answer. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Tony founded TriviaNYC. Tony, Jennings’ Millionaire “lifeline,” knew he was in trouble because the question — Which Ivy League has eating clubs instead of fraternities and sororities? — tapped into two subjects he knows nothing about: universities and the U.S. education system. “I grew up in Canada,” says Tony. “I’m a high school dropout. I never went to college.” That’s no excuse; he should have been …

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The Plant Sculptor

At day’s beginning and end, it’s black along the patch of 24th Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets. The scarce shops, shuttered, are slumbering. Luludi Living Art serves as a grow-light. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Luludi Living Art glows in the dark. In case you don’t know it — and how could you not if you live in Astoria? — luludi is the Greek word for flower. Luludi’s illuminated front window spotlights plants that wiggle their roots in terrariums, picture frames and moss-covered dogs, elephants, Dorothy of Oz slippers and Hermes handbags. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling …

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