Astoria Characters: The Woman’s Whose Life Is in Limbo

Saneun Hwang rummages through her tote bag until she finds a thick white book. She places it on the coffee table and begins flipping through its image-heavy pages, which she likens to birds’ wings flying freely through the sky. Saneun is from South Korea. There is a story – her story – behind the tome she has titled ; in fact, it will tell you pretty much everything you want and need to know about who she is. Saneun, who is from Seoul, South Korea, made the so-called artist book while she…

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Astoria Characters: The Chef Behind Chip Cookies

Wearing silver mitts that stretch to her elbows, Andrea Prunella pulls a tray of peppermint chocolate cookies out of the oven and brings them to the front counter, where they warm themselves under heating lamps like newborn chicks. Andrea created Chip NYC’s signature crunchy-gooey cookies. “It’s the crushed candy canes in the dough that make them so special,” she says. Their sweet scent fills the air, bringing a bit of home-for-the-holidays cheer to Chip NYC’s Ditmars shop —…

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