Astoria Characters: The Yogini Who Is Happie

Kicking off her slip-on sneakers, Lisa Samuels steps into a small space that is the color of sunshine. Lisa is the owner of The Happie House. Filled with fire, she balances on one leg, and leaning forward, positions herself in Dancer’s Pose. She stands, holding her other leg in the air, as still as a statue. With joy, she transitions into Tree Pose, turning her legs into a grounded trunk and her arms into triumphant branches. Satisfied with that, she pulls out a yoga mat for King Pigeon, another…

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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Colors Outside the Lines

Every morning, Zach McCurdy sketches. He draws lines for a living, and this routine, sometimes with a pad and pencil, other times on a computer tablet, helps his brain get in the right frame of mind for the day’s designs. Zach has been drawing for nearly a quarter century. “It’s therapeutic,” Zach says. He creates his cute kid-centric cartoon characters in his apartment. He doesn’t have a dedicated space – he likes to roam from room to room. There is a compact computer desk in the living…

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Astoria Characters: The BFF of Socrates Sculpture Park

A comet’s tail of hair streaking in the air behind her, Audrey Dimola power-pedals to the front gate of Socrates Sculpture Park on Cherry Bomb, her single-speed Schwinn. Audrey’s the director of public programs for Socrates Park. She jumps off her burgundy “chariot of fire,” which is her constant commuter companion, and jubilantly raises her arms in a V. Because she loves her job. (She’s the park’s director of public programs.) Audrey and the park grew up together. Because she loves…

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Astoria Characters: The Golden-Haired Triplets

It is Athena Levesque who opens the door. Athena She is wearing a white long-sleeved sweater. The importance of her subtle sartorial statement will become immediately clear once you see her sisters. Andrea Andrea is outfitted in a black halter top. Arianna Arianna is clad in grey. Athena, Andrea and Arianna, 5-foot-6 models who have magnetic blue eyes and long, sunshine-blond hair parted down the middle, are identical triplets. Don’t worry if you can’t tell them apart. When they were little,…

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