Nancy Ruhling
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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
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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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Astoria Characters: The Robbery Victims

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMack and Susan lost $10,000.It is what the masked men did to her before they took the money that keeps Sajida Gulamrasool up at night.Read all about Susan and Mack in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Robbery Victims."See More
Jun 10
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Astoria Characters: The Old Kid on the Block

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJimmy has lived his entire life in Astoria -- in the same house.It's going on six decades. Even Jimmy Bejanis is astounded when he does the math. That's a long time -- his entire life -- to stay in one place and in one house.Read all about Jimmy inNancy…See More
Jun 3
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Astoria Characters: The Soul Worker

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingEleni's philosophy is embodied in her colorsofwellness.com.Eleni Petraki used to be a dancer. There's not a bit of regret in her voice when she talks about bowing out of the profession.Read all about Eleni in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria…See More
May 27
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Astoria Characters: The Cigar Aficionado

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTomas' latest documentary is "Man Smoke Cigar."Every time Tomas Hinojal lights a cigar, he thinks of his father. He's puffing on a Davidoff, savoring the smoke as it covers his face like a ski mask.Read all about Tomas in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…See More
May 20
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Astoria Characters: The Caterer to the Stars

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJonathan's the owner of Starstruck Catering.The snow-white truck is shiny new so Jonathan Forgash has to show it off. The star of his three-vehicle catering fleet, it has a double set of windows, industrial ovens, a slew of work stations and a built-in grill. He runs his hand along the kitchen's…See More
May 13
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Astoria Characters: The Forgotten Hero

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingNick made headlines as The Hard-Hat Hero.When Nick Pavlou shakes hands, he offers his right one. But he can't let it let go of his cane, so the most he can manage is a feeble three-finger touch. For nearly two decades, his left arm has hung, useless, at his side.Read all about Nick in…See More
May 6
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Astoria Characters: The Woman With a Third Eye

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingManuela sees life through the lens.She followed her heart. Manuela Rana never had dreams of the American dream, but when she found the man of her dreams, she didn't hesitate to cross the Atlantic to be with him.Read all about Manuela in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Apr 29
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Astoria Characters: The President of the Galician Club

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMarcos is the youngest president in Casa Galicia's history.It's a windy day, and the four flags of Casa Galicia are flapping like a flock of geese flying south for the winter. The stately wedding-cake white building on 31st Avenue, wedged between a…See More
Apr 22
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Seized the Wheel

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPaco is the founder of Lion Transportation.Not everybody who gets a second chance wants it or takes it. Paco Soto was pretty much set in his ways when the opportunity was thrust upon him, but he didn't hesitate to move into the driver's seat and speed into the fast lane.Read all about Paco on…See More
Apr 15

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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 Ice Cream Maven

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Dolma works in an ice cream factory.

At the mention of ice cream, a smile beams like…

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Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:09am

Astoria Characters: The Guys With the Great Garden

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Christian, 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.…

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Posted on July 22, 2014 at 8:48am

Astoria Characters: The Cookie Crooner

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Jack, 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…

Continue

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:08pm

Astoria Characters: The Lawyer and the Singer

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Cara 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…

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:20pm

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