Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Wants It All

“I’m interested in everything,” declares DeeAnne P. Gorman, throwing her arms out as if to embrace not only the New York City skyline but also the entire world. DeeAnne’s the board president of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. DeeAnne, poet/vocalist/place enthusiast/activist/history buff/animal adopter/and a whole bunch of other things, is on the roof of her apartment building, sitting in a beach chair soaking up the sun. There’s a little chill in the autumn air so…

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Astoria Characters: The Tamale Team

When Concepción Gonzalez lifts the lid off the enormous pot, steam fills her tiny kitchen, misting her eyeglasses and the window. Concepción checking on the tamales. As she does every weekend, she’s making tamales, a humble task she has performed for the better part of her 62 years. The recipe, which she brought with her from Tochilmilco, Mexico three decades ago, is based on one her mother taught her. “I added my own touches,” she says in Spanish, as her daughter Teresita translates. The…

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Astoria Characters: The Actress Livin’ on a Prairie

Here’s the thing: Pamela Bob never planned any of this. Pamela’s an actress who sings and dances. The actress, who has had roles on Broadway, was tucking her son, Henry, in for the night. As she was snuggling with him, in the state somewhere between waking and dreaming, the idea just popped into her mind. “It was like an electric bolt going through my body,” she says. “It made me sit straight up in bed.” The idea – to create a comedy series about a socially awkward…

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