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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
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Astoria Characters: The Man Who Holds the Universe in His Hands

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMarco's theory explains everything you ever wanted to know about everything.Rain. That's what pelted Marco Pereira's boyhood brain, drop by drop by drop time after time, until it finally sank in.Read all about Marco in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Apr 8
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Mans Two Counters

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingYou'll see Pedro at The Furniture Market and Waltz-Astoria.Nine a.m. comes mighty early when you didn't go to bed until 3 in the morning. That's why Pedro Gonzalez is hiding behind the brim of his black fedora.Read all about Pedro in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Apr 1
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Astoria Characters: The Artist Who Draws In Nature

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPainting is only one of her pursuits.She paints. She writes. She welds. She wears men's Tony Lama cowboy boots and dangly turquoise earrings that fly through her long black hair when the wind blows. Lisa Zilker loves math, science, literature and getting her sturdy hands dirty down to her short, unpolished nails.Read all about Lisa in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Mar 25
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Astoria Characters: The Martial-Arts Mentor

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDino is the owner of the NY Martial Arts Academy.Dino Orfanos starts out sitting in the big leather swivel chair behind the desk. He's not there even three seconds when he asks whether it would be OK if he moves to the other side of the desk, the one where his students sign up for classes.Read all about Dino in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Martial-Arts Mentor."See More
Mar 18
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Astoria Characters: The Hard-Driving Couple

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLuis and Fanny own Astoria Express Transit.With one well-practiced pull, Fanny Cedeno rolls up the fortress-like metal gate at Astoria Express Transit. When her husband, Luis Gualotuna, walks in a minute later, she rushes up behind him and…See More
Mar 11
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Astoria Characters: The Dog Tamer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJudy Bushman changed careers and became a dog walker.It's what's not in Judy Bushman's third-floor walkup that commands attention. Her tiny, tidy studio has a kitchen, bathroom and living room/dining room/bedroom combo, but it doesn't have a dog. And that's a shame because Judy loves the furry, four-footed…See More
Mar 4
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Astoria Characters: The Lady of the Lights

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingBarbara lays out and sets up wireless lighting systems.It is the light of the sun that brings Barbara Barrow to life. Intently, she watches the flakes fall from the sky. There are no rays today. It looks as though a baker is shaking powdered sugar over an ice-skating rink.Read all about Barbara in…See More
Feb 25
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Astoria Characters: The Toe-and-Tap Teacher

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingHer students call her Miss Michelle.Michelle Koutsoubelis tap dances in the shower. She can't help it; the running water sets her feet on fire.Read all about Michelle in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Toe-and-Tap…See More
Feb 18
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Driving the '55 Chevy

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPete in the driver's seat.There's no seatbelt. Pete D'Andrea throws back his head and laughs. It's going to be a loud, rough ride. He can't wait to rev up the engine.Read all about Pete in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Guy…See More
Feb 11
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Astoria Characters: The Comic Who Counts Laughs

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAt night, Sooyah does her stand-up routine.Sooyah Jun must get off the bed -- now! It's big and white and puffy like a cloud, and it's so comfortable that she's in danger of nodding off in mid-sentence. She was out late last night and the night before that and the night before that ...Read all about…See More
Feb 4
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Astoria Characters: The Man Who Has His Way With Words

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingRon -- poet, editor, activist and bookseller.Words, words, words. When they flow from Ron Kolm's mouth, they are not so much a stream of consciousness as a river of remembrance.Read all about Ron in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The…See More
Jan 28
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Astoria Characters: The Passionate Potter

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingEllen is the owner of Terrafirma Ceramics.Ellen Evans climbs the three flights of stairs toTerrafirma, her pottery studio, balancing four cups of steaming coffee and a brown paper bag of doughnuts.Read all about Ellen in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Jan 21
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Astoria Characters: The Yoga Singer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingBrian putting on his Gene Kelly.Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the one and only Brian Golub. He can talk like a real trooper (in a BBC British, Cockney, East Asian, French, Irish, Italian, New York, Russian, Scottish, Southern or Spanish accent). He can swim like a swan…See More
Jan 19
Nancy Ruhling posted a blog post

Astoria Characters: The Yoga Singer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingBrian putting on his Gene Kelly.Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the one and only Brian Golub. He can talk like a real trooper (in a BBC British, Cockney, East Asian, French, Irish, Italian, New York, Russian, Scottish, Southern or Spanish accent). He can swim like a swan…See More
Jan 14
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Astoria Characters: The Newlywed Who Lost Her Diamond Ring

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingThey still have each other.The afternoon of December 6, 2013 was cold and rainy. Victoria Hoffman was only going to take her 12-year-old Bichon Frisé, a snowy powder puff called Mimi, around the block. She put her 1.39-carat diamond wedding ring on her finger, grabbed her umbrella and walked out the door…See More
Jan 7

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Nancy Ruhling's Blog

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Seized the Wheel

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Paco 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…

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Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:53am

Astoria Characters: The Man Who Holds the Universe in His Hands

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Marco's theory explains everything you ever wanted to know about everything.

Rain. That's what pelted Marco Pereira's boyhood brain, drop by drop by drop time after time,…

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Posted on April 8, 2014 at 9:52am

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Mans Two Counters

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

You'll see Pedro at The Furniture Market and Waltz-Astoria.

Nine a.m. comes mighty early when you didn't go to bed until 3 in the morning. That's why…

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Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:41pm

Astoria Characters: The Artist Who Draws In Nature

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Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Painting is only one of her pursuits.

She paints. She writes. She welds. She wears men's Tony Lama cowboy boots and dangly turquoise earrings that fly through her long black hair when the wind blows. Lisa Zilker loves math, science, literature and getting her…

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Posted on March 25, 2014 at 1:25pm

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