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Astoria Characters: The Voice Teacher

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingOliver is the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music.Ah, where to begin? Oliver Söhngen has much to say so he starts strumming a guitar.Read all about Oliver in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Voice Teacher."See More
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Astoria Characters: The Kid Entrepreneurs

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingIzzy, 11, started his first business when he was 3.Izzy Weitzman is sitting at the kitchen table putting Magic, The Gathering cards into packets for pricing.Read all about Izzy and his brother, Abey, in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria…See More
Mar 21
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Astoria Characters: The Daddy Blogger

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJason writes One Good Dad.A coffee cup and pacifier in hand, Jason Greene, who has a quartet of kids, plops himself down on the living room floor, where his 18-month-old daughter, Arwen, is playing with giant LEGO tiles.Read all about Jason in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 14
Nancy Ruhling posted a blog post

Astoria Characters: The Enchanted Goddess

Photo by Nancy A.RuhlingJoan transformed herself into The Enchanted Goddess.Surrounded by magic wands, angel statues and spiritual tomes, Joan Becht Willette, aka The Enchanted Goddess, is reclining in her writing chair, notebook in hand, waiting for the right words to leap from pen to paper.Read all about Joan in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Mar 7
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Immortalizes the Dearly Departed

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingEffie's the owner of Monuments by Effie on Ditmars Boulevard.Effie Sfikas is gazing out the front window. The sun is shining, the stores are open and people are walking up and down Ditmars Boulevard.The world is bursting with life.Read all about Effie in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Feb 28
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Astoria Characters: The Returnee

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDominique, an Astoria native, came back to take care of her mother.Dominique Perrot has painted striking stripes in her long, dark hair. She’s decided to go grey gracefully, and the indigo streaks blend in and stand out at the same time, making her ageless.Read all about Dominique in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Feb 21
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Astoria Characters: The Woman of the Cheese Caves

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingElizabeth is the vice president for sales and marketing for Murray's Cheese.When she was a little girl, Elizabeth Chubbuck used to climb to the top of the wooden jungle gym at the elementary school by her house.Read all about Elizabeth in  Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Feb 14
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Astoria Characters: The Shave-and-Snip Barber

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingVal is the owner of Val's Barber Shop.There are only four stations at Val’s Barber Shop.Val Suyunov, the owner, mans the one closest to the front plate-glass window, where the shop’s humble name is proclaimed is big, bold golden letters.Read all about Val in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Feb 7
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Astoria Characters: The Massage Master

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAnthony is the co-owner of The Giving Tree Yoga Studio.The subway screeches, the city screams and Anthony Wood stands serene.Read all about Anthony in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Massage Master."See More
Jan 31
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Astoria Characters: The Bagel-Factory Boss

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGeorge is the co-founder of New Yorker Bagels. “My life is bagels,” declares George Menegatos. “It’s my love.”            George, the co-founder of New Yorker Bagels, is standing in his Long Island City factory opening his arms in a wide embrace that is meant to take in every single one of the 75 million bagels he bakes every year.Read all about George in  Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The…See More
Jan 24
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Astoria Characters: The Italian Fairy

“I wanted to greet you as the Italian Fairy,” says Simona Rodano as she opens her arms and embraces me like a long-lost friend.Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingThe Italian Fairy, aka Simona Rodano.“I wanted to greet you as the Italian Fairy,” says Simona Rodano as she opens her arms and embraces me like a long-lost friend.Her Italian-flag red, white and green costume, which culminates in a three-foot-high cone hat sprouting streamers, is, like the character, of her own creation.Read all about Simona in…See More
Jan 17
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Astoria Characters: The Ex-Ballerina Who's Doing a Different Dance

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAlina is designing ballet-centric jewelry.Alina Faye’s life is all about movement.She’s a former professional ballerina, so she doesn’t so much as walk through a room as flow through it like a gentle stream.Her story entails a physical journey as well as an inner expedition.Read all about Alina in Nancy…See More
Jan 10
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Found Himself at Home in America

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingNabeel is the marketing director of Bareburger.There are bags under Nabeel Alamgir’s eyes. It has nothing — and everything — to do with age.Read all about Nabeel in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Found Himself at Home in America."See More
Jan 3
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Astoria Characters: The Champion of Playground 35

At Steinway Street and 35th Avenue, there’s a patch of pavement that since May 1947 has been designated a public playground.PHOTO BY NANCY A. RUHLINGNancy’s on Community Board 1.Nancy Silverman knows this not because she has children, which she does not.She knows this because it’s the only open space near her apartment, and she frequently walks or cycles by it.Read all about Nancy in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The…See More
Dec 27, 2016
Nancy Ruhling posted a blog post

Astoria Characters: The Creator of the Christmas Village

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJose with his Christmas village.The lights and stars are twinkling in tandem. The women are shopping in the outdoor farmers’ market, and the men are sawing logs and stomping on grapes to make wine.A crowned king on a camel approaches, bearing gifts for Mary and Joseph’s newborn babe in the stable.It’s Christmas time in Jose Leon‘s village.Read all about Jose in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters:…See More
Dec 20, 2016
Nancy Ruhling is now friends with Jill Ozovek, Ashley Kervabon and Tracy
Dec 15, 2016

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Ditmars
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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 Voice Teacher

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Oliver is the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music.

Ah, where to begin? Oliver Söhngen has much to say so he starts strumming a guitar.

Read all about Oliver in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…

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Posted on March 28, 2017 at 5:53am

Astoria Characters: The Kid Entrepreneurs

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Izzy, 11, started his first business when he was 3.

Izzy Weitzman is sitting at the kitchen table putting Magic, The Gathering cards into packets…

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Posted on March 21, 2017 at 6:08am

Astoria Characters: The Daddy Blogger

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Jason writes One Good Dad.

A coffee cup and pacifier in hand, Jason Greene, who has a quartet of kids, plops himself down on the living room floor, where his 18-month-old…

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Posted on March 14, 2017 at 6:07am

Astoria Characters: The Enchanted Goddess

Photo by Nancy A.Ruhling

Joan transformed herself into The Enchanted Goddess.

Surrounded by magic wands, angel statues and spiritual tomes, Joan Becht Willette, aka The Enchanted Goddess, is…

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Posted on March 7, 2017 at 6:25am

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