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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
21 hours ago
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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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Astoria Characters: The Guy With Smoke in His Eyes

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingIbrahim owns the cigar lounge Havana Puff.It is while peering through the smoke that Ibrahim Amer sees things clearly. His cigar, resting in an ashtray like a sunbather in a lounge chair, is smoldering when he picks it up for a puff.Read all about Ibrahim in…See More
Aug 26
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Astoria Characters: The Lovebirds

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingVincent and Violeta have been together for four decades.It takes a while for Violeta M. Mileo to answer the front door. She has to walk down two flights of stairs, and she's being extra careful. A couple of months ago, she fell and gouged her shoulder.Read all about Violeta and her husband, Vincent, in…See More
Aug 19
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Astoria Characters: The Tamale Lady

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingShe's on Astoria Boulevard at Crescent Street.The Tamale Lady. That's what everyone calls the weary young-old woman who pushes her shopping cart to the middle of the block and sets up on the sidewalk, selling breakfast for $1 and $2.Read all about her in…See More
Aug 12
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Astoria Characters: The Charity Stager

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTiffany, a former child actress, produces charity events that help kids.The door opens and Roscoe, a kitten who looks like a black and white cookie, sticks his head out and watches Tiffany Schleigh pad down the hallway.Read all about Tiffany in Nancy…See More
Aug 5
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Astoria Characters: The Ice Cream Maven

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDolma works in an ice cream factory.At the mention of ice cream, a smile beams like a rising sun on Dolma Yangchen's solidly serious face.Read all about Dolma in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Jul 29
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Astoria Characters: The Guys With the Great Garden

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingChristian, left, and Ben in their redecorated living room.Martha Stewart doesn't live in the house with the gorgeous garden. Ben Tostado and Christian Kolarz do. They began renting the corner duplex two years ago, but they made floor plans and landscape drawings in their hearts and heads ages before they…See More
Jul 22
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Astoria Characters: The Cookie Crooner

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJack, the owner of Astoria Bakery, is a singer.Jack Chiello is a low-key guy. He's also a man of few words. Getting him to talk about himself is like trying to pry a pearl from an oyster with a plastic toothpick.Read all about Jack in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Jul 15
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Astoria Characters: The Lawyer and the Singer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingCara and Marc: She sings and he does the legal work.There's music playing when Marc Gross opens the door. Cara Samantha, his wife, is sitting on the sofa. She's not singing, merely speaking softly, but her sultry voice relegates the famous one on the CD to deep background.Read all about Cara and Marc…See More
Jul 8
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Astoria Characters: The Laundry on the Line

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLetting it all hang out.There was a pole and a pulley at the end of my driveway when I moved in. This cave-man apparatus was tethered to the back of the house by an ancient umbilical cord.Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria…See More
Jul 1
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Astoria Characters: The Death Racers

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingErin and Eldar are racing this weekend.At the door that separates the formal living room and dining room, there's a basic-black chin-up bar. Erin and Eldar Spahic are having their morning coffee; he's gulping his out of a super-size-me beer stein, and she is sipping hers from a round mug that doubles…See More
Jun 24
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Astoria Characters: The Baker's Son

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingWhen's he's not at Vaccaro's bakery, Vincenzo's acting.When the outdoor table is empty, Vincenzo Vaccaro takes a break and a seat. He lights a cigarette and in between smoke rings pours black coffee down his throat.Read all about Vincenzo in Nancy…See More
Jun 17

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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 Shaman

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Connecting 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…

Continue

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 6:54am

Astoria Characters: The Other Mayor

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Frank'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,…

Continue

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 6:51am

Astoria Characters: The Stand-Up Man

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Tom 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…

Continue

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:00am

Astoria Characters: The Pharmacist

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Syed 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…

Continue

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 6:54am

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