The Hip-Sip Guy

It’s early in the morning, and the first order of the day at Juuz.me is super simple. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Juuz.me Bar & Grill is at 19-23 Ditmars Blvd. Zsolt “George” Csonka cuts a green apple, a peach and pineapple into chunks and pops them into the blender with some coconut water. He takes the ice-cold smoothie, hip-health in every sip, to the woman making herself at home in the window seat. On his way back, he serves herbal tea and a warm croissant to customer No. 2. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling George is from …

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The Artist Who’s a Work in Progress

The small studio is hidden, behind a hollow-core wooden door, in a corner of the basement apartment. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Portrait of an emerging artist. Its scant space is squandered by a plastic shower curtain that separates it from the mechanical machinery that runs the four-family house. It is here, in the shallow night light of a single ceiling bulb, that Angelo Giokas retreats to create the pseudo-urban mixed-media hodge-podge collages that define his artistic life. “My working process is akin to a dance or a song,” he says. “I respond to texture, color and space. I put&…

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The Baker Who’s Found Her Sweet Spot

There are eight fresh-baked cupcakes on the metal stand. Anastasia Cunningham is crowning each with a snowflake star smothered in shiny sugar sprinkles. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Anastasia’s an entrepreneur. Like a jeweler setting a diamond, she centers each star and gently eases it into the swirl of soft icing, where it must lie not too low or too high but just right to make its aesthetic presence known. For Anastasia, the cupcakes are simple fare. Her Aloria Cakes and Gourmet Sweets is known for complicated custom orders that are as much decorative dessert as they are edible …

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The Tree Tender

Along the stretch of 27th Street that slouches toward Con Ed, there are 22 new honey locust trees. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Nancy is her block’s tree keeper. Nancy Perez knows this because it is she who spearheaded the effort to get them planted through Greening Western Queens when she and her husband, Rob Rodriguez, moved into their house in 2011. “There were no trees on the entire block,” she says, strolling in the sidewalk shade. “There was only sun.” Nancy knows first-hand the sear of the sun. She has been up since 6 a.m. tending not only to…

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