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Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMark started piano lessons when he was 8.The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas’ apartment is the Roland digital piano.It’s big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van Dyke did with that pesky ottoman, to get into the living room without tripping over it.Read all about Mark in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation."See More
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Astoria Characters: The Devoted Daughter

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAntri donates money to people so they can pay their medical bills.What Antri Papanikolaou remembers most about her 16th birthday is that it was the last one she ever got to spend with her mother.Read all about Antri in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Devoted Daughter."See More
Jul 12
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Astoria Characters: The Composer Who Came Out of a Coma

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Allen’s a composer.It happened a little more than two years ago, but Allen Schulz says it seems more like a lifetime.In March 2014, he was in Pittsburgh to see a performance of his latest composition, 3 Phantasies, a 15-minute work for cello and piano.Read all about Allen in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters:…See More
Jul 5
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Astoria Characters: The Falafel King

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingThe King has a new restaurant on Broadway.YEAHHHHH BABY! Finally, The King of Falafel & Shawarma is in his castle.Fares “Freddy” Zeideia — OK, you know you can’t help yourself so just call him The King — is a big guy so his YEAHHHHH BABY! is a lion’s roar.Read all about The King in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Jun 28
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Played With the Monkees

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGregory's the principal trombonist with the Astoria Symphony Orchestra.Laughter. That’s the first thing you hear in Gregory Briggler‘s second-floor walkup.The giggles and guffaws are coming from his three boisterous boys, 12-year-old Harry, 9-year-old Simon and 6-year-old Adam.Read all about Gregory in…See More
Jun 21
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Astoria Characters: God's Handyman

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Henry has devoted his retirement to Trinity.As Henry Kimpel climbs the stone steps of Trinity Lutheran Church, an act he has done some 12,000 times since he joined the congregation nearly seven decades ago, he apologizes.Read all about Henry in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Jun 14
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Astoria Characters: The Artist With Vast Bodies of Work

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGene recently opened Coffey Shop Tattoos.As soon as Gene Coffey rolls up the ink-black metal gate at his tony tattoo parlor, he starts talking about his art studio.It’s right upstairs, so when he has free time between clients, he goes there to paint.…See More
Jun 7
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Astoria Characters: The Man Hard-Wired to History

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingCliff and his 70-year-old snow shovel.It’s a funny thing, but Cliff Straus doesn’t remember exactly when he started working for Straus Paint & Hardware Co. He just knows that he’s never wanted to quit.Read all about Cliff in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
May 31
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Astoria Characters: The Violinist

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Marina’s from Crete.Why the violin?Marina Fragoulis isn’t quite sure why she chose it. She was 10, and all she knew was that, for no particular reason, she didn’t want to play the saxophone.Read all about Marina in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Violinist."See More
May 24
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Illustrates Life

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingWidad's an illustrator and a journalist.As cats are wont to do at the approach of strangers, Mimosa has fled under the bed.It’s a shame because Mimosa, a 4-year-old, nine-lived tabby, is the meow muse for Widad Franco‘s art-illustration company.Read all about Widad in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
May 17
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Astoria Characters: The Got-Game(s) Players

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSyrus strategizing at The Geekery HQ at 42-11 Broadway.From the top shelf of The Geekery HQ's lending library, Syrus Gabales brings forth an orange box.Syrus, who prefers card games, has never played The Settlers of Catan, but Wendy Chua, his romantic and business partner, knows it like the back of her…See More
May 10
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Astoria Characters: The Gentle Giant

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingOzzie books the bands at Gussy's.At the front door of Gussy's, there’s a big dude with a ponytail and tatts.And a super-size-me grin.Read all about it at "Astoria…See More
May 3
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Astoria Characters: The Champion of Comic Books

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSilver Age Comics just celebrated its silver anniversary.At the last stop on the N and Q lines, at the end of a short tunnel, there’s a circular dime-shiny sign that — Bam! Pow! Zap! — punches right through the grey gloom of the subway station.Look at it, up at the ceiling. It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane.…See More
Apr 26
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Astoria Characters: The Hollywood Star

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPelham 1,2,3 and Denzel's visit.Someone slipped a sheet of paper into my mailbox. It looked like junk, and, in my haste, I almost threw it out.In the spring of 2008, Tony Scott was filming The Taking of Pelham 123, a remake of the 1974 classic, and he was looking for a house, it could be my house, for the…See More
Apr 19
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Astoria Characters: The Clown Juggling a Double-Fun Life

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDavid and Dusty.David Ellis can’t stop the clowning around.His 4-year-old daughter, the so-called Lady S, is looking down on him, longingly, from the second-floor bedroom window.Read all about David in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria…See More
Apr 12
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Astoria Characters: The Hypnotist

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Craig is from Scotland.Look into my eyes.Craig Mackay, a hypnotist, has brilliant, beautiful blue ones, but you’ll never hear him utter this command.Instead, he asks you to sit on the striped sofa in his blue-walled office for a gentle conversation about your goals.Read all about Craig in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…See More
Apr 5

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Nancy Ruhling's Blog

Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

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Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Mark started piano lessons when he was 8.

The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas’ apartment is the Roland digital piano.

It’s big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van Dyke did with that pesky…

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Posted on July 19, 2016 at 6:27am

Astoria Characters: The Devoted Daughter

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Antri donates money to people so they can pay their medical bills.

What Antri Papanikolaou remembers most about her 16th birthday is that it was the last one she ever got to spend with her mother.

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

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Posted on July 12, 2016 at 6:35am

Astoria Characters: The Composer Who Came Out of a Coma

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Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Allen’s a composer.

It happened a little more than two years ago, but Allen Schulz says it seems more like a lifetime.

In March 2014, he was in Pittsburgh to…

Continue

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 6:07am

Astoria Characters: The Falafel King

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

The King has a new restaurant on Broadway.

YEAHHHHH BABY! Finally, The King of Falafel & Shawarma is…

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Posted on June 28, 2016 at 6:10am

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