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Astoria Characters: The Grammy Guy

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJames has won several Grammys.The sound of silence in James Cruz' apartment is deafening."Do you mind if I put on some music?" he pleads rather than asks.Read all about James in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Grammy Guy."See More
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Astoria Characters: The Man at the End of the Line

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJohn manning the deli counter at Andrew & Frank's Catering.The rush-hour regulars are lined up when John Zizzo steps behind the deli counter at Andrew & Frank's Catering.Read all about John in Nancy…See More
Apr 14
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Astoria Characters: The Sneakers in the Sky

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingWho threw them there and why?I live around the corner from a private high school. If I ever need to be reminded of this fact, all I have to do is look up in the sky.Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Sneakers…See More
Apr 7
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Astoria Characters: The Rememberer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingWar separated Pedro and his family when he was a child.If you don't know anything about Pedro Fernandez de Unamuno, and most of the world doesn't, look at his hat.He's wearing it so you'll ask him about it.Read all about Pedro in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 31
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Astoria Characters: The Cat Guy

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPaul with one of his feline friends.The cats didn't do it. Paul Santell wants that to be perfectly clear before he bares his left arm.Read all about Paul in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Cat Guy."See More
Mar 24
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who's Counting on 90

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMinnie, who retired three years ago, soon will be 90.Minnie Daddario places a plate of pizzelle on the table. There aren't many people who make the Italian snowflake-shaped cookies any more. Minnie thinks that's a shame.Read all about Minnie in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 17
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Astoria Characters: The Senior Stunt Man

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTony and his son Peter getting into the zone.It's not as easy as it looks.Tony Loupakis, who stands a mere 5 feet 4, grabs the bar of the parallel baam, spreads his legs in a V and hooks his feet, like eagle talons, onto the smooth, bare wood.Read all about Tony in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 10
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Astoria Characters: The Costume Designer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingEmmy winner Erin designs costumes for Sesame Street."My house is like a zoo on Saturday mornings," says Erin Black.So consider yourself warned and enter at your own risk to meet her husband, Eric, who is trying to feed Emmett, the nearly 12-month-old baby, who thinks food is something that should not go into…See More
Mar 3
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Astoria Characters: The All-Around Activist

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMickey Z. in his protester's pose.Even when he's not raising his furious fist to the sky, Mickey Z. is outstanding in the crowd. That's something to say because as a political activist, he's in so many.Read all about Mickey Z. in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Feb 24
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Astoria Characters: The Full-Cup Couple

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGiselle and Predrag at the OK Cafe.Predrag Grncarski's a cappuccino guy; his wife, Giselle, favors cortados. Not that they ever have time for a coffee break.Read all about Giselle and Predrag in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The…See More
Feb 17
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Astoria Characters: The Bird Lady

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLynne and Jiminy, her therapy parrot.It's a simple task: Carry the seltzer can outside to the trash can.This is not something that Lynne Enman can do right off the bat. She has to plan it out. She usually takes her power chair, but she hasn't done any walking today, so she really only has to decide whether…See More
Feb 10
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Astoria Characters: The Cooking Coach

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJoann's the author of the self-help cookbook "Overcoming Takeout."It's flu season, and Joann Pandolfi comes carrying a care package for me. Her Little Red Riding Hood basket contains homemade chicken soup, meatloaf and green beans garnished with ginger.Read all about Joann in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington…See More
Feb 3
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Astoria Characters: The Sax Player

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingCarol took up the sax 40 years ago.Carol Sudhalter, the founder of Astoria Big Band and the quartet that bears her name, walks into the improv stage, which is her living room and the room she does most of her living in.Read all about Carol in Nancy…See More
Jan 27
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Astoria Characters: The Soloist

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingYomar raised two children on her own.Why? Even for Yomar Ramirez, who is an introspective woman, it's not always easy to come up with a simple, satisfying answer.Sometimes it's better to shrug and go on, which is what she does.Read all about Yomar in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Jan 20
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Astoria Characters: The Man Who's Redrawing His Life

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAnthony with one of his artworks.The painting, a brooding tattoo of black and white shapes flowing together like a raging river, is wrapped in a cage of thin clear plastic. Anthony Cardillo releases it and holds it in front of his body like a warrior's…See More
Jan 13
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Astoria Characters: The Creek Chronicler

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMitch on the waterfront.It's going to be a good day. Mitch Waxman knows this because he just saw a black cat with yellow eyes.Read all about Mitch in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Creek Chronicler."See More
Jan 6

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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 Grammy Guy

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

James has won several Grammys.

The sound of silence in James Cruz' apartment is deafening.

"Do you mind if I put on some music?" he pleads rather than asks.

Read all…

Continue

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 6:36am

Astoria Characters: The Man at the End of the Line

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

John manning the deli counter at Andrew & Frank's Catering.

The rush-hour regulars are lined up when John Zizzo steps behind the…

Continue

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 6:35am

Astoria Characters: The Sneakers in the Sky

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Who threw them there and why?

I live around the corner from a private high school. If I ever need to be reminded of this fact, all I have to do is look up in the sky.

Read all about it in…

Continue

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 6:38am

Astoria Characters: The Rememberer

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

War separated Pedro and his family when he was a child.

If you don't know anything about Pedro Fernandez de Unamuno, and most of the world…

Continue

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 6:43am

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