Nancy Ruhling
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Astoria Characters: The Ex-Ballerina Who's Doing a Different Dance

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAlina is designing ballet-centric jewelry.Alina Faye’s life is all about movement.She’s a former professional ballerina, so she doesn’t so much as walk through a room as flow through it like a gentle stream.Her story entails a physical journey as well as an inner expedition.Read all about Alina in Nancy…See More
Jan 10
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Found Himself at Home in America

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingNabeel is the marketing director of Bareburger.There are bags under Nabeel Alamgir’s eyes. It has nothing — and everything — to do with age.Read all about Nabeel in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Found Himself at Home in America."See More
Jan 3
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Astoria Characters: The Champion of Playground 35

At Steinway Street and 35th Avenue, there’s a patch of pavement that since May 1947 has been designated a public playground.PHOTO BY NANCY A. RUHLINGNancy’s on Community Board 1.Nancy Silverman knows this not because she has children, which she does not.She knows this because it’s the only open space near her apartment, and she frequently walks or cycles by it.Read all about Nancy in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The…See More
Dec 27, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Creator of the Christmas Village

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJose with his Christmas village.The lights and stars are twinkling in tandem. The women are shopping in the outdoor farmers’ market, and the men are sawing logs and stomping on grapes to make wine.A crowned king on a camel approaches, bearing gifts for Mary and Joseph’s newborn babe in the stable.It’s Christmas time in Jose Leon‘s village.Read all about Jose in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters:…See More
Dec 20, 2016
Nancy Ruhling is now friends with Jill Ozovek, Ashley Kervabon and Tracy
Dec 15, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Kick-Ass Trainer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingNick started gymnastics at 4, martial arts at 5.It’s early in the morning when Nick Robyn sprints up the stairs of his three-floor walkup.He’s headed to the roof.Read all about Nick in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Kick-Ass…See More
Dec 13, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Seamstress Who Brings Daddies and Daughters Together

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingEvgeniya is from Russia.In a corner of the bedroom, on a tiny table, Evgeniya Bavaeva sets up her portable Brother sewing machine.It’s always at night, usually at 10, after her 3-year-old daughter, Celine, is in bed and while her husband, Serafim Ferdeklis, is working at his restaurant, BZ Grill.Read…See More
Dec 6, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Hip-Sip Guy

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJuuz.me Bar & Grill is at 19-23 Ditmars Blvd.It’s early in the morning, and the first order of the day at Juuz.me is super simple.Zsolt “George” Csonka cuts a green apple, a peach and pineapple into chunks and pops them into the blender with some coconut water.Read all about George in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Hip-Sip Guy."See More
Nov 29, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Artist Who's a Work in Progress

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPortrait of an emerging artist.The small studio is hidden, behind a hollow-core wooden door, in a corner of the basement apartment. Its scant space is squandered by a plastic shower curtain that separates it from the mechanical machinery that runs the four-family house.It is here, in the shallow night light of a single ceiling bulb, that Angelo Giokas retreats to create the pseudo-urban…See More
Nov 22, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Baker Who's Found Her Sweet Spot

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAnastasia's the owner of Aloria Cakes and Gourmet Sweets.There are eight fresh-baked cupcakes on the metal stand. Anastasia Cunningham is crowning each with a snowflake star smothered in shiny sugar sprinkles.Read all about Anastasia in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Nov 15, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The WWII Veteran With the Purple Heart

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingHerb was drafted when he was in college.When the Battle of the Bulge bomb went off, Herb Greenberg flew up in the air. He landed on his back.Read all about Herb in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The WWII Veteran With the Purple…See More
Nov 8, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Tree Tender

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingNancy is her block's tree keeper.Along the stretch of 27th Street that slouches toward Con Ed, there are 22 new honey locust trees.Nancy Perez knows this because it is she who spearheaded the effort to get them planted through Greening Western Queens when she and her husband, Rob Rodriguez, moved into their house in 2011.Read all about Nancy in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Tree…See More
Nov 1, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Paints Faces (and Bellies)

Six-year-old Abby wants to be a catterfly, a creature of her imagination that is at once cat and butterfly, and her less articulate 3-year-old brother, Andy, can’t wait to turn himself into a snake monster. Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLenore drew from her childhood to create her career.That’s why they’re visiting Lenore Koppelman, who is going to make their fantasies come true with nothing more than a little face paint and a lot of creativity.Read all about Lenore in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington…See More
Oct 25, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Guy at the Uke Hut

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMasafumi, a musician, works at the Uke Hut.It’s really easy to play the ukulele.To show you, Masafumi Sakai starts strumming the small four-stringer. A high-strung, high-strutting cartoon tune emerges.Read all about Masafumi in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Oct 18, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Upstaging Actor

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingKevin's been on Broadway.It doesn’t take much persuading to get Kevin David Thomas to do some goofy poses.Read all about Kevin in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Upstaging Performer."See More
Oct 11, 2016
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Astoria Characters: The Immigrants' Advocate

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAntonio runs two nonprofits.There are two things you notice when you walk into Antonio Meloni’s office: American Bald Eagle statues and graffiti art.This may seem an odd combination unless you know what Antonio does for a living: He runs Immigration Advocacy Services and the New York Anti-Crime Agency…See More
Oct 4, 2016

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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Found Himself at Home in America

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Nabeel is the marketing director of Bareburger.



There are bags under Nabeel Alamgir’s eyes. It has nothing — and everything — to do with age.

Read all about Nabeel in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,… Continue

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 6:32am

Astoria Characters: The Champion of Playground 35

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 6:28am

Astoria Characters: The Creator of the Christmas Village

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Jose with his Christmas village.

The lights and stars are twinkling in tandem. The women are shopping in the outdoor farmers’ market, and the…

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Posted on December 20, 2016 at 6:35am

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