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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
Tuesday
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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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Astoria Characters: The Man Hard-Wired to History

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingCliff and his 70-year-old snow shovel.It’s a funny thing, but Cliff Straus doesn’t remember exactly when he started working for Straus Paint & Hardware Co. He just knows that he’s never wanted to quit.Read all about Cliff in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
May 31
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Astoria Characters: The Violinist

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Marina’s from Crete.Why the violin?Marina Fragoulis isn’t quite sure why she chose it. She was 10, and all she knew was that, for no particular reason, she didn’t want to play the saxophone.Read all about Marina in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Violinist."See More
May 24
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Illustrates Life

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingWidad's an illustrator and a journalist.As cats are wont to do at the approach of strangers, Mimosa has fled under the bed.It’s a shame because Mimosa, a 4-year-old, nine-lived tabby, is the meow muse for Widad Franco‘s art-illustration company.Read all about Widad in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
May 17
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Astoria Characters: The Got-Game(s) Players

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSyrus strategizing at The Geekery HQ at 42-11 Broadway.From the top shelf of The Geekery HQ's lending library, Syrus Gabales brings forth an orange box.Syrus, who prefers card games, has never played The Settlers of Catan, but Wendy Chua, his romantic and business partner, knows it like the back of her…See More
May 10

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Astoria Characters: The Bug Buster

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Gil’s the president of Standard Pest Management.

There’s a fly buzzing around the office. Instead of trying to swat…

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Posted on August 23, 2016 at 6:08am

Astoria Characters: The Power Couple

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Nick and Noel and Max.

Saturday night. Love at first sight. (Well, almost.)

The time: December 2007

The place: a club in…

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Posted on August 16, 2016 at 6:28am

Astoria Characters: The Face Behind the Mural





Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Ron created the Astoria: We Are All Family mural.

Every day, Ron Hall walks three and a half…

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Posted on August 9, 2016 at 6:21am

Astoria Characters: The Iron Men

 

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Harvey has been working for Empire City Iron Works since 1961.



 

 Belmont. JFK Airport. The Metropolitan Museum…

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Posted on August 2, 2016 at 6:32am

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