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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
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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 Gentle Giant

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingOzzie books the bands at Gussy's.At the front door of Gussy's, there’s a big dude with a ponytail and tatts.And a super-size-me grin.Read all about it at "Astoria…See More
May 3
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Astoria Characters: The Champion of Comic Books

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSilver Age Comics just celebrated its silver anniversary.At the last stop on the N and Q lines, at the end of a short tunnel, there’s a circular dime-shiny sign that — Bam! Pow! Zap! — punches right through the grey gloom of the subway station.Look at it, up at the ceiling. It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane.…See More
Apr 26
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Astoria Characters: The Hollywood Star

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPelham 1,2,3 and Denzel's visit.Someone slipped a sheet of paper into my mailbox. It looked like junk, and, in my haste, I almost threw it out.In the spring of 2008, Tony Scott was filming The Taking of Pelham 123, a remake of the 1974 classic, and he was looking for a house, it could be my house, for the…See More
Apr 19
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Astoria Characters: The Clown Juggling a Double-Fun Life

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDavid and Dusty.David Ellis can’t stop the clowning around.His 4-year-old daughter, the so-called Lady S, is looking down on him, longingly, from the second-floor bedroom window.Read all about David in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria…See More
Apr 12
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Astoria Characters: The Hypnotist

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Craig is from Scotland.Look into my eyes.Craig Mackay, a hypnotist, has brilliant, beautiful blue ones, but you’ll never hear him utter this command.Instead, he asks you to sit on the striped sofa in his blue-walled office for a gentle conversation about your goals.Read all about Craig in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…See More
Apr 5
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Astoria Characters: The Painter Who's Coloring In Her Life Lines

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJuniper's first show runs through April.Sometimes it takes a long time to figure out who you are and who you want to be.For Juniper Foster, this is a very welcome work in progress.To see where she’s been and where she’s going, all she has to do is study her paintings.Read all about Juniper in Nancy…See More
Mar 29
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Astoria Characters: The Actor Who's Wooing the World

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingToney is out to persuade you.Actors make their living manufacturing emotions at a moment’s notice.Happy. Sad. Surprised.Toney Brown does them all flawlessly, but there’s one he doesn’t have to fake: wide-eyed enthusiasm.Read all about Toney in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 22
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Astoria Characters: The Life of the Party

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingElizabet has owned La Bomboniera Marylu for 11 years.There has been much to celebrate in Elizabet Flores' life, but she has marked only four occasions with formal parties.The largest, an event for 300, was for her wedding a decade ago.Read all about Elizabet in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 15
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Astoria Characters: The Gal of Grand Gestures

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Verunka acting out her motto.It's too hard to sit still, and there's no point to it. Life equals kinetic energy, which is why Verunka Vlkova-Fierro plugs in the 6-foot-long sign as soon as she makes her entrance into the living room.Dozens of dazzling light bulbs, Broadway brilliant, spell out LASSO THE MOON.Read all about Verunka in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 8
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Astoria Characters: The Couple With the Right Recipe

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAntigone and George own Victory Sweet Shop.Forty-eight. That's how many years the Victory Sweet Shop, Astoria's oldest Greek bakery, has been serving its traditional desserts.Forty. That's how long George and Antigoni Sakalis, the owners and…See More
Mar 1
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Astoria Characters: The Salumeria's Big (Mozzarella) Cheese

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJoe's the owner of Dave & Tony Salumeria.There's one central aisle at Dave & Tony Salumeria. Narrow as a needle and straight as an arrow, it is packed with Italian pastas and cookies, bunches of herbs and cans of…See More
Feb 23
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Astoria Characters: The Leaders of the Band

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingKen and Ben are the  founders of Beecher's Fault.The map on the wall is punctuated with round red pins that look like Rudolph's reindeer nose. Each one of them, Ben Taylor explains, marks the spot where Beecher's Fault, the band he leads with Ken Lamken, has played.Read all about Ben and Ken in Nancy…See More
Feb 16
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Astoria Characters: The 5-Bark Barista

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLola waiting at Chateau le Woof for her boyfriend.There's a parade of pooches prancing into Chateau le Woof. That's fine with Natassa Contini who designed it to go to the dogs (and the select humans they deign to invite to their five-woof watering hole).Read all about Natassa in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Feb 9

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Nancy Ruhling's Blog

Astoria Characters: The Violinist

2016-05-15-1463318622-3218371-Marina3.jpg 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…

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Posted on May 24, 2016 at 6:28am

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Illustrates Life

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Widad's an illustrator and a journalist.

As cats are wont to do at the approach of strangers, Mimosa has fled under the bed.…

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Posted on May 17, 2016 at 6:28am

Astoria Characters: The Got-Game(s) Players

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Syrus 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…

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Posted on May 10, 2016 at 6:41am

Astoria Characters: The Gentle Giant

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Ozzie books the bands at Gussy's.

At the front door of Gussy's…

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Posted on May 3, 2016 at 6:25am

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