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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
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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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Astoria Characters: The Biz Brothers

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingShaun, left, and Dan own Crescent Grill.As soon as Dan and Shaun Dougherty sit down, they start reminiscing. The brothers come from a large family -- they are two of nine -- so there were few times when they were growing up that everyone gathered at one table.Read all about Dan and Shaun in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Dec 30, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Team Player

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPete owns the Allstate office on 23rd Avenue.The first thing you see when you enter Pete Silletti's office is the company logo. If you don't recognize the "you're in good hands" corporate art, it is spelled out in huge, shiny silver letters: Allstate.Read all about Pete in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…See More
Dec 23, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Re-Rooted Florists

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingClare and George moved Teddy's Florist to 35th Street at Ditmars Boulevard.Teddy's Florist, which sold its first bouquet in 1922, was a 31st Street landmark when George Stelios and his sister, Clare Petropoulos, bought it in 1984.Read all about Clare and George in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…See More
Dec 16, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Tree Santa

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingHarry is the co-owner of NYCtrees.com, which delivers evergreens to your home.Standing in the center of  the forest of Fraser firs is Harry DeLucia, iPhone glued to his ear.It's only the second week of December and already he's coordinating 50 deliveries per day with what he hopes is holiday cheer.Read all…See More
Dec 9, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Man in Transition

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingClay was bound for Broadway.There's nothing ordinary about Clay Nelms' story. So don't let the stereotypical musical-style synopsis fool you: Small-town boy with big-city dreams comes to New York because he's gotta sing and dance.Read all about Clay in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Dec 2, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Rx Man

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingHarry established City View Pharmacy in 2006.The old wooden floor creaks, and Harry Xidias smiles. He finds the sound comforting.Read all about Harry in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Rx Man."See More
Nov 25, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Trivia Guy You Saw on TV

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTony's head still hurts from his Millionaire snafu.Well-known fact: Ken Jennings won $100,000 yesterday on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.Little-known fact: Tony Hightower is the guy who couldn't give him the right answer.Read all about Tony in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Nov 18, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Sidewalk Library

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSamuel, Veronica and Alejandra check out some books.On the sidewalk, under the tree, there's a fire-engine-red box with a glass door. It's filled with books for everyone on the block to borrow.Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Nov 11, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Plant Sculptor

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLiza is the owner of Luludi Living Art.When Liza Fiorentinos says luludi, the lush Ls roll off her tongue like dewdrops."I was inspired by the living walls in Paris," she says. "I had a blank wall in my apartment and wanted to decorate it, so I created living frames with LED lights."Read all about Liza in…See More
Nov 4, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Two Cooks in the Kitchen

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMariantonia and Guillermo are the owners of Pao & Cha Cha on Astoria Boulevard.Elbow to elbow. When Mariantonia and Guillermo Hung are working in the kitchen, that's how it is.Read all about Mariantonia and Guillermo in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Oct 28, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Eclectic Educator

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSteven's on the ball.On top of the office refrigerator there is a jar of Skippy peanut butter that is nearly empty. There doesn't appear to be any jelly, but by the sofa, there are an acoustic guitar and a big rubber exercise ball that's give-the-teacher-an-apple red.Steven Zimmerman, who has a…See More
Oct 21, 2014
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Astoria Characters: The Silver-Lining Pal

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJill with Pixie, one of her rescue cats.It's pouring cats and dogs. That's why Jill Parshley Cardillo and her sunny yellow umbrella are out. Jill likes to walk in the water, saving the drops on her tongue for a rainy day.Read all about Jill in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Oct 14, 2014

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Astoria Characters: The Sax Player

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Carol took up the sax 40 years ago.

Carol Sudhalter, the founder of Astoria…

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Posted on January 27, 2015 at 6:55am

Astoria Characters: The Soloist

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Yomar 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…

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Posted on January 20, 2015 at 6:50am

Astoria Characters: The Man Who's Redrawing His Life

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Anthony with one of his artworks.

The painting, a brooding tattoo of black and white shapes flowing together like a raging river, is wrapped…

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Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:41am

Astoria Characters: The Creek Chronicler

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Mitch 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…

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Posted on January 6, 2015 at 6:13am

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