Christina Flannery

Christina Flannery
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Everyone's Best Friend

Christina Donovan Flannery was not your stereotypical New Yorker; she was friendly. "It was like she came from some place where you were supposed to talk to everyone," said Brian Flannery, her husband of three months. The couple commuted together every day from their home in Middle Village, Queens — he to a brokerage firm in Midtown, while she headed downtown to Sandler O'Neill & Partners, where she was a sales associate.

While her husband got familiar with the newspaper, Ms. Flannery made new friends. "She knew the life story of five different people every day," Mr. Flannery said. "She made everyone feel like she was their best friend."

Ms. Flannery, 26, grew up in Middle Village, and her dreams focused more on marriage than career. One hobby, said her best friend, Nicole Lagnese, was crashing weddings. "We used to drive around from church to church on Saturdays to see how other people had done it and get ideas for our own," Ms. Lagnese said.

Six years ago, Ms. Flannery met her future husband on the trading floor of HSBC Bank USA. He asked her to marry him one evening in July 2000 as the sun was setting at Jones Beach, the same spot they had gone on their first date.

On Sept. 11, they were waiting to sign the contract on a house on Cranberry Lane in Plainview, on Long Island. "There was lots of room," Mr. Flannery said. "A big yard for our dog, Tye. She even loved the name of the street."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on January 27, 2002.

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