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Astoria Characters: The Woman of the Cheese Caves

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingElizabeth is the vice president for sales and marketing for Murray's Cheese.When she was a little girl, Elizabeth Chubbuck used to climb to the top of the wooden jungle gym at the elementary school by her house.Read all about Elizabeth in  Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Feb 14
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Astoria Characters: The Shave-and-Snip Barber

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingVal is the owner of Val's Barber Shop.There are only four stations at Val’s Barber Shop.Val Suyunov, the owner, mans the one closest to the front plate-glass window, where the shop’s humble name is proclaimed is big, bold golden letters.Read all about Val in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Feb 7
Nancy Ruhling posted a blog post

Astoria Characters: The Massage Master

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAnthony is the co-owner of The Giving Tree Yoga Studio.The subway screeches, the city screams and Anthony Wood stands serene.Read all about Anthony in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Massage Master."See More
Jan 31
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Astoria Characters: The Bagel-Factory Boss

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGeorge is the co-founder of New Yorker Bagels. “My life is bagels,” declares George Menegatos. “It’s my love.”            George, the co-founder of New Yorker Bagels, is standing in his Long Island City factory opening his arms in a wide embrace that is meant to take in every single one of the 75 million bagels he bakes every year.Read all about George in  Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The…See More
Jan 24
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Astoria Characters: The Italian Fairy

“I wanted to greet you as the Italian Fairy,” says Simona Rodano as she opens her arms and embraces me like a long-lost friend.Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingThe Italian Fairy, aka Simona Rodano.“I wanted to greet you as the Italian Fairy,” says Simona Rodano as she opens her arms and embraces me like a long-lost friend.Her Italian-flag red, white and green costume, which culminates in a three-foot-high cone hat sprouting streamers, is, like the character, of her own creation.Read all about Simona in…See More
Jan 17
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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
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Dec 15, 2016
Nancy Ruhling posted a blog post

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
Nancy Ruhling posted a blog post

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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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 Woman of the Cheese Caves

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Elizabeth is the vice president for sales and marketing for Murray's Cheese.

When she was a little girl, Elizabeth Chubbuck used to climb to…

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Posted on February 14, 2017 at 6:27am

Astoria Characters: The Shave-and-Snip Barber

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Val is the owner of Val's Barber Shop.

There are only four stations at Val’s Barber Shop.

Val…

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Posted on February 7, 2017 at 6:31am

Astoria Characters: The Massage Master

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Anthony is the co-owner of The Giving Tree Yoga Studio.

The subway screeches, the city screams and Anthony Wood stands serene.

Read all about…

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Posted on January 31, 2017 at 6:21am

Astoria Characters: The Bagel-Factory Boss

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

George is the co-founder of New Yorker Bagels.



“My life is bagels,” declares George Menegatos. “It’s my love.”

            George, the…

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Posted on January 24, 2017 at 6:00am

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