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Astoria Characters: The Re-Rooted Florists

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingClare and George moved Teddy's Florist to 35th Street at Ditmars Boulevard.Teddy's Florist, which sold its first bouquet in 1922, was a 31st Street landmark when George Stelios and his sister, Clare Petropoulos, bought it in 1984.Read all about Clare and George in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…See More
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Astoria Characters: The Tree Santa

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingHarry is the co-owner of NYCtrees.com, which delivers evergreens to your home.Standing in the center of  the forest of Fraser firs is Harry DeLucia, iPhone glued to his ear.It's only the second week of December and already he's coordinating 50 deliveries per day with what he hopes is holiday cheer.Read all…See More
Dec 9
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Astoria Characters: The Man in Transition

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingClay was bound for Broadway.There's nothing ordinary about Clay Nelms' story. So don't let the stereotypical musical-style synopsis fool you: Small-town boy with big-city dreams comes to New York because he's gotta sing and dance.Read all about Clay in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Dec 2
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Astoria Characters: The Rx Man

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingHarry established City View Pharmacy in 2006.The old wooden floor creaks, and Harry Xidias smiles. He finds the sound comforting.Read all about Harry in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Rx Man."See More
Nov 25
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Astoria Characters: The Trivia Guy You Saw on TV

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTony's head still hurts from his Millionaire snafu.Well-known fact: Ken Jennings won $100,000 yesterday on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.Little-known fact: Tony Hightower is the guy who couldn't give him the right answer.Read all about Tony in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Nov 18
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Astoria Characters: The Sidewalk Library

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSamuel, Veronica and Alejandra check out some books.On the sidewalk, under the tree, there's a fire-engine-red box with a glass door. It's filled with books for everyone on the block to borrow.Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Nov 11
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Astoria Characters: The Plant Sculptor

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLiza is the owner of Luludi Living Art.When Liza Fiorentinos says luludi, the lush Ls roll off her tongue like dewdrops."I was inspired by the living walls in Paris," she says. "I had a blank wall in my apartment and wanted to decorate it, so I created living frames with LED lights."Read all about Liza in…See More
Nov 4
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Astoria Characters: The Two Cooks in the Kitchen

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMariantonia and Guillermo are the owners of Pao & Cha Cha on Astoria Boulevard.Elbow to elbow. When Mariantonia and Guillermo Hung are working in the kitchen, that's how it is.Read all about Mariantonia and Guillermo in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Oct 28
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Astoria Characters: The Eclectic Educator

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSteven's on the ball.On top of the office refrigerator there is a jar of Skippy peanut butter that is nearly empty. There doesn't appear to be any jelly, but by the sofa, there are an acoustic guitar and a big rubber exercise ball that's give-the-teacher-an-apple red.Steven Zimmerman, who has a…See More
Oct 21
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Astoria Characters: The Silver-Lining Pal

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJill with Pixie, one of her rescue cats.It's pouring cats and dogs. That's why Jill Parshley Cardillo and her sunny yellow umbrella are out. Jill likes to walk in the water, saving the drops on her tongue for a rainy day.Read all about Jill in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Oct 14
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Astoria Characters: The Priceless Pair

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTrudy is the guard/mascot at Astoria Coins & Collectibles.It would be flip to say that it was a toss of the coin that landed Jennifer and Frank Greco at Astoria Coins & Collectibles.Read all about Jennifer and Frank in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Oct 7
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Astoria Characters: The Shaman

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingConnecting with the spiritual world.There's a piano tucked into the corner like a baby in a bassinet. It's guarded by a pair of guitars. But these instruments play second fiddle to the incense. There is none burning, yet the living room is filled with the memory of its sweet, seductive scent.What is or…See More
Sep 30
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Astoria Characters: The Other Mayor

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingFrank's photos have made him famous."You're going to be shocked by what I tell you," says Frank Carrado. "Sometimes, I don't believe it myself."Carrado, who is 84, is talking about the last five years of his life, when newspapers started writing stories about him and everyone began calling him The Mayor of…See More
Sep 23
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Astoria Characters: The Stand-Up Man

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTom started  his comedy career later in life.This is no joke. The pancakes are damn good.Tom Daddario had wondered whether he should make them. As a stand-up comic, he's obsessed with getting the last laugh.Read all bout Tom in…See More
Sep 16
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Astoria Characters: The Pharmacist

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSyed is the owner of Norwood Rexall Drugs.The central aisle of Norwood Rexall Drugs is long and narrow like a train tunnel. It leads straight to Syed Naqvi. The pharmacy counter is tall. Syed is not.Read all about Syed in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Sep 9
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Astoria Characters: The Artist in Residence

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDaniel took up art full time after he lost his job.It's the starving part of artist that Daniel Francis finds hard to stomach. His hang-dog jeans, cuffed at the ankles to take up the slack, were made for a much weightier man, the one he used to be.Read all about Daniel in…See More
Sep 2

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Nancy Ruhling, a journalist who has had bylines in more than 50 publications, writes The Huffington Post blog "Astoria Characters."
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Nancy Ruhling's Blog

Astoria Characters: The Re-Rooted Florists

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Clare and George moved Teddy's Florist to 35th Street at Ditmars Boulevard.

Teddy's Florist, which sold its first bouquet in 1922, was a 31st Street landmark when…

Continue

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 6:47am

Astoria Characters: The Tree Santa

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Harry is the co-owner of NYCtrees.com, which delivers evergreens to your home.

Standing in the center of  the forest of Fraser firs is Harry…

Continue

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 6:40am

Astoria Characters: The Man in Transition

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Clay was bound for Broadway.

There's nothing ordinary about Clay Nelms' story. So don't let the stereotypical musical-style synopsis fool you: Small-town boy with big-city…

Continue

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 6:51am

Astoria Characters: The Rx Man

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Harry established City View Pharmacy in 2006.

The old wooden floor creaks, and Harry Xidias smiles. He finds the sound…

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Posted on November 25, 2014 at 6:46am

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