Astoria Characters: The Monster Maker

Somewhere sinister, in a secret lab, Dr. Cube, a mad scientist intent on ruling the universe, is making a malevolent monster mob that can crush cities with a single stomp. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Sky Deviler on the loose. When the bad doctor, who wears a box-like mask to hide his hideous face, unleashes his formidable force, the planet kneels before the likes of Kung Fu Chicken Noodle (a factory worker who’s a soup can) and Dusto Bunny (a hare-sage who needs a body Swiffer). Will the earth be pulverized by these strange beasts called Kaiju? You’ll …

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Astoria Characters: The Art-Foundry Owner

What’s your title? It’s not meant to be a funny question, but it makes Michael Perrotta of Sculpture House Casting laugh. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Michael’s family owns Sculpture House Casting. “We’re a family business,” he says. “We don’t have titles. I’ve done everything from sweeping the floor to doing the patina on a bronze. Nothing is above or below anyone here.” Michael, who handles the business aspects of the foundry, is sitting at an art-scarred antique oak desk. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Sculpture House Casting is at 43-77 9th St. It …

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Astoria Characters: The Voice of Chinamerica Radio

The first time Steve Warren stepped in front of a radio-station microphone, he was wearing a bow tie. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Steve’s the voice behind Chinamerica Radio and The Country Oldies Show. “I was in third grade and sang White Christmas,” says Steve, a tall man with an easy-going, ear-pleasing voice. “An organist in a suit was playing the music live. They gave me a wristwatch.” The timepiece, which Steve wishes he had preserved as a souvenir, turned out to a prescient present. Steve, the host of Envision Radio Network’s The Country Oldies Show, America’s …

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