The Devoted Daughter

What Antri Papanikolaou remembers most about her 16th birthday is that it was the last one she ever got to spend with her mother. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Antri is an occupational therapy teacher. They drove to Philadelphia, where Maria was going for cancer treatments, and stayed the night in a Ronald McDonald House. Maria, who had been diagnosed with melanoma, didn’t make it long enough to see Antri turn 17. “She died a month before my birthday,” Antri says. That was a decade ago, and a lot of things have changed since then. Antri, who has big brown&…

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The Falafel King

YEAHHHHH BABY! Finally, The King of Falafel & Shawarma is in his castle. Fares “Freddy” Zeideia — OK, you know you can’t help yourself so just call him The King — is a big guy so his YEAHHHHH BABY! is a lion’s roar. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling The King of Falafel & Shawarma on Broadway. These days, The King has a lot to YEAHHHHH BABY! about because after 14 years of cooking street food out of a truck, he finally has a restaurant to call his own. His eponymous King of Falafel & Shawarma, at the Broadway subway stop,…

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The Power Couple

Saturday night. Love at first sight. (Well, almost.) The time: December 2007   Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Noel is from New Jersey. The place: a club in Manhattan The characters: Nick Fiorentinos, the clubgoer; Noel Descalzi, the club’s hostess. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Nick is a Queens native. The story: Nick and his friends were out on the town. Noel seated them at the club. Nick wished that she were their wa…

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