Astoria Characters: The World-Famous Ballroom Dancers

As partners in dance and in life, Delyan Terziev and Boriana Terzieva have become adept at anticipating each other’s moves. It all likelihood, this is because they have been virtually inseparable since they were 7. So in November, when Boriana was ready to give birth to their second child, a daughter they would name Olivia, they thought they had everything figured out. After all, the arrival of their first child, Savanna, who is now 4, had been a carefully choreographed event. But…

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Astoria Characters: The No-Sit Guy

To stay fit, you can’t sit. This is the mantra that Daniel Berrios lives by, body and soul. He doesn’t really have to worry, for as the owner and manager of Unlimited Body NY, he has a schedule that never lets him quit, much less sit. Right now, he’s taking down the punching bags and the exercise barres to get the space ready for the too-early-morning tai chi class. He’s also running back and forth to the front desk to check students in. This is only the beginning; later, he’ll…

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Astoria Characters: The Widow Who’s Starting Over

When Molly Gelb’s husband died early last year, she didn’t break down. She tore down. She removed nearly every wall in the living room and kitchen of their apartment, which also serves as the nerve center of their business, LL Overhead Garage Doors, so she could build herself up again. She also removed her wedding band, replacing it with the gold and onyx ring her soul mate always wore. “It’s my way of taking him with me wherever I go,” she says, looking at the oval stone…

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Astoria Characters: The Actress Going Through Stages

“I’ve been a ham since day one,” declares Mara Jill Herman. “I’ve always liked to be the center of attention.” What, you don’t believe her?   Mara makes a series of funny faces – she sticks out her tongue, she bulges her eyes out bug-like, she pouts and even tries to look like a mean girl. Then she reaches out for a street sign and makes it her dance partner, twirling around it like Gene Kelly in the musical . This is New York City; nobody notices. This is…

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