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Astoria Characters: The Painter Who Puts Time in its Place

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSharon paints the city's iconic buildings.As Sharon Florin climbs the wide staircase to her top-floor studio, an act that she has done going on 40 years, it reminds her of how much things have changed.Read all about Sharon in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Sep 20
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Astoria Characters: The Widow Who Can't Wear Her Wedding Ring

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingShe lost her husband, Ugo, two years ago.Anna Conti is not wearing her wedding ring. It’s not that she doesn’t want to put it on. She’s a widow, and the ring makes her feel closer to Ugo, the husband she shared her life with for 64 of her 82 years.Read all about Anna in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…See More
Sep 14
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Does It All for the Kids

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAyisha is a school crossing guard and a children's advocate.“Would you like to see my corner?”Before there’s even time to answer, Ayisha Mayfield strides down 14th Street and plants herself squarely in the bold white stripes of the crosswalk at 30th Avenue.Read all about Ayisha in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Sep 6
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Astoria Characters: The Stand-Up Mom

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingChristine's the founder of UP-STAND.It’s a warm, sunny day, so 2-year-old Ani is dancing around the apartment in anticipation of playing outside.Her mother, Christine Serdjenian Yearwood, has piled the little girl’s unruly ringlets onto the top of her head and has managed to get her to stand still long…See More
Aug 30
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Astoria Characters: The Bug Buster

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGil’s the president of Standard Pest Management.There’s a fly buzzing around the office. Instead of trying to swat it, Gil Bloom, president of Standard Pest Management, watches in wonder as it wings its way his way.Although Gil makes his living…See More
Aug 23
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Astoria Characters: The Power Couple

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingNick and Noel and Max.Saturday night. Love at first sight. (Well, almost.)The time: December 2007The place: a club in ManhattanThe characters: Nick Fiorentinos, the clubgoer; Noel Descalzi, the club’s hostess. Read all about Nick and Noel in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Aug 16
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Astoria Characters: The Face Behind the Mural

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingRon created the Astoria: We Are All Family mural.Every day, Ron Hall walks three and a half miles. He’s a heavy smoker, has been for 42 years, and he figures that the exercise cancels out the tobacco.Read all about Ron in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Aug 9
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Astoria Characters: The Iron Men

 Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingHarvey has been working for Empire City Iron Works since 1961.  Belmont. JFK Airport. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The World Financial Center. Con Ed. Lincoln Center. Yankee Stadium. The Metropolitan Opera House. The World Trade Center. Aqueduct.  As Harvey A. Heffner is reciting this auspicious list,…See More
Aug 2
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Never Left Home

 Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTony has been living in the same house since birth.Tony De Pace, tanned as a pancake, has just come back from Disney World. If you didn’t know that, the Mickey Mouse mugs on the cluttered coffee table and large framed photos of the celebrated Florida amusement park that are perched prominently on the bookshelves would have clued you in.Read all about Tony in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,"Astoria Characters: The…See More
Jul 26
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Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMark started piano lessons when he was 8.The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas’ apartment is the Roland digital piano.It’s big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van Dyke did with that pesky ottoman, to get into the living room without tripping over it.Read all about Mark in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation."See More
Jul 19
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Astoria Characters: The Devoted Daughter

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAntri donates money to people so they can pay their medical bills.What Antri Papanikolaou remembers most about her 16th birthday is that it was the last one she ever got to spend with her mother.Read all about Antri in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Devoted Daughter."See More
Jul 12
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Astoria Characters: The Composer Who Came Out of a Coma

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Allen’s a composer.It happened a little more than two years ago, but Allen Schulz says it seems more like a lifetime.In March 2014, he was in Pittsburgh to see a performance of his latest composition, 3 Phantasies, a 15-minute work for cello and piano.Read all about Allen in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters:…See More
Jul 5
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Astoria Characters: The Falafel King

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingThe King has a new restaurant on Broadway.YEAHHHHH BABY! Finally, The King of Falafel & Shawarma is in his castle.Fares “Freddy” Zeideia — OK, you know you can’t help yourself so just call him The King — is a big guy so his YEAHHHHH BABY! is a lion’s roar.Read all about The King in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Jun 28
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Played With the Monkees

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGregory's the principal trombonist with the Astoria Symphony Orchestra.Laughter. That’s the first thing you hear in Gregory Briggler‘s second-floor walkup.The giggles and guffaws are coming from his three boisterous boys, 12-year-old Harry, 9-year-old Simon and 6-year-old Adam.Read all about Gregory in…See More
Jun 21
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Astoria Characters: God's Handyman

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Henry has devoted his retirement to Trinity.As Henry Kimpel climbs the stone steps of Trinity Lutheran Church, an act he has done some 12,000 times since he joined the congregation nearly seven decades ago, he apologizes.Read all about Henry in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Jun 14
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Astoria Characters: The Artist With Vast Bodies of Work

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGene recently opened Coffey Shop Tattoos.As soon as Gene Coffey rolls up the ink-black metal gate at his tony tattoo parlor, he starts talking about his art studio.It’s right upstairs, so when he has free time between clients, he goes there to paint.…See More
Jun 7

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Nancy Ruhling's Blog

Astoria Characters: The Painter Who Puts Time in its Place

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Sharon paints the city's iconic buildings.

As Sharon Florin climbs the wide staircase to her top-floor studio, an act that she has done going on 40 years, it reminds her of how much things have…

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Posted on September 20, 2016 at 6:00am

Astoria Characters: The Widow Who Can't Wear Her Wedding Ring

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

She lost her husband, Ugo, two years ago.

Anna Conti is not wearing her wedding ring. It’s not that she doesn’t want to put it on.



She’s a widow, and the ring makes her…

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Posted on September 14, 2016 at 1:56pm

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Does It All for the Kids

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Ayisha is a school crossing guard and a children's advocate.

“Would…

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Posted on September 6, 2016 at 6:22am

Astoria Characters: The Stand-Up Mom

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Christine's the founder of UP-STAND.

It’s a warm, sunny day, so 2-year-old Ani is dancing around the apartment in anticipation of playing…

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Posted on August 30, 2016 at 6:24am

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