The Massage Master

The subway screeches, the city screams and Anthony Wood stands serene. He finds his piece of peace at the massage-therapy table, which is tucked into a corner of The Giving Tree Yoga Studio. In this sky-blue space, which is the color of his intense eyes, Anthony heals bodies and enlightens souls. “My work has a strong intuitive slant,” he says. “Each session for each person is different. I go deep physically and energetically, and I aim for a strong but nurturing approach.” The soft sound of bird-chirping music, the scent of essential oils and the power of positive, easy-going energy …

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The Bagel-Factory Boss

George, the co-founder of New Yorker Bagels, is standing in his Long Island City factory opening his arms in a wide embrace that is meant to take in every single one of the 75 million bagels he bakes every year. If you haven’t heard of New Yorker Bagels, chances are you’ve eaten one or even a dozen because it’s the world’s largest wholesaler of fresh-baked bagels. You may have bought a couple at Whole Floods or noshed on a few in Washington State, Arizona, Connecticut, California, Colorado or even eaten some in South Korea, Japan or China.

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The Italian Fairy

“I wanted to greet you as the Italian Fairy,” says Simona Rodano as she opens her arms and embraces me like a long-lost friend. The Italian Fairy, aka Simona Rodano. Her Italian-flag red, white and green costume, which culminates in a three-foot-high cone hat sprouting streamers, is, like the character, …

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The Ex-Ballerina Who’s Doing a Different Dance

Alina Faye’s life is all about movement. She’s a former professional ballerina, so she doesn’t so much as walk through a room as flow through it like a gentle stream. Her story entails a physical journey as well as an inner expedition. Dance was simply the movement that started her on her continuing path of self-discovery. Alina, who is from Long Beach, California and has dual U.S. and Irish citizenship, was 3 when she put on her first tap and toe shoes. “My older sister was dancing, and I begged my mother for a year before she …

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The Guy Who Found Himself at Home in America

There are bags under Nabeel Alamgir’s eyes. It has nothing — and everything — to do with age. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Nabeel is the marketing director of Bareburger. Nabeel, a 25-year-old with a black beard, a child-like face and enough enthusiasm to power the sun, has been working a lot, probably too much. That’s why he’s …

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