A Santa State of Mind

Monday, December 24, 2012 - 04:00 AM

Alex Roshuk is Santa Claus (WNYC/Arun Venugopal)

Some hefty men dress up as Santa Claus because it’s a nice way to make a little extra cash,  this time of year. But for others it's more a state of mind. 

As part of his Micropolis series, WNYC's Arun Venugopal spent time with an attorney who bears a striking resemblance to St. Nick. That brings joy to some of his fellow New Yorkers — and unsettles others.

"You got the long beard, you're a jolly, older guy, they think 'He's Santa Claus!'" he explained. "Or 'He looks like Santa Claus! Why would he look like that if he wasn't Santa Claus!!?'"

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Many years ago I rented a room from Alex in Park Slope. He became a wonderful friend over the past 13 years. He had one of the biggest, most generous hearts and spirits out there. One winter month, I went downstairs to his basement apartment in the house to give him the rent check, and found him wearing a straw hat and colorful shirt and drinking expensive liquor, looking over a slideshow of one of his many trips. He invited me to join him, and a friendship was born. He helped my now husband of 7 years come over from India so that we could marry. He very seriously pored over our immigration paperwork that we prepared, red pen in hand, marking it up. Smiling over his spectacles with those twinkling eyes, he said he gave us a B+. I will never meet another like him, and will miss him.

Dec. 02 2014 06:14 PM

Sadly my divorce lawyer who became my best friend has passed away unexpectly on Nov 5, 2014. May he rest in peace. He has helped so many.

Dec. 01 2014 09:49 AM
Charles Sibirsky from Brooklyn

He's the best Santa of all times!!!

Dec. 24 2012 11:11 PM
Gary Hoopengardner from Brooklyn, New York

An inspiring article, that is especially at this time of the year. Sharing the joy!

Dec. 24 2012 04:57 PM

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