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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Sees the Good in Everything

Unfurling her collapsible cane, Cynthia Groopman strides toward the door of her room. Once she's in the hallway, she feels around the lock with her fingers until she "sees" the slot for the key.Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingCynthia has been blind for more than a quarter century.Read all about Cynthia in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington…See More
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Astoria Characters: The Old-Timer You Won't See Any More

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMichael opened Madeleine's Hosiery some 40 years ago.Madeleine's Hosiery, which has been on Steinway Street forever, or at least for as long as anyone can remember, probably won't be there the next time you pass by.In a couple of weeks, there will be a big sale, and after that, it and its girly-girl pink…See More
Jul 28
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Astoria Characters: The Flamenco Dancer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGabriela's the founder of American Bolero Dance Company.If there's one steady thing that can be said of Gabriela Granados, it's that she can't sit still.Read all about Gabriela in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Flamenco…See More
Jul 21
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Astoria Characters: The Music Mama

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingShelly's working on album No. 5.Singer. Songwriter. Musician. Performer. Wife. Mother. Worker.Shelly Bhushan lists these labels -- she doesn't think she has left any out -- and adds juggler. That's the one word that defines her life.Read all about Shelly in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Jul 14
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Astoria Characters: The Wedding Photographer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingCasey does the wedding circuit.Casey Fatchett picks up his camera. Now he feels more at ease.Read all about Casey in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Wedding Photographer."See More
Jul 7
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Astoria Characters: The Souvlaki Lady

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Elpida pushes her pushcart onto her corner.The smoke swells as the souvlakis sizzle.They sear swiftly, so Elpida Vasiliadis has to turn them promptly while she's serving the people who stop at her pushcart.Read all about Elpida in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Souvlaki Lady."See More
Jun 30
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Astoria Characters: The Newborn Doula

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAnnie's work revolves around children.The call came at 10 at night. Annie LeVasseur had been eagerly expecting it, but, still, it made her nervous.Read all about Annie in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Newborn Doula."See More
Jun 23
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Wiping Tears From Her Eyes

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAnn is determined to regain her independence.Ann Kos cannot meet you at the front door. She lives on the middle floor of her three-family house, and she can't go up and down the stairs any more without a chaperone.Read all about Ann in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Jun 16
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Astoria Characters: The Cerebral Cowboy

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJim's a geologist for the city.Does it smell like cigarette smoke?Jim Ruchalski, a pack-a-day guy, has gone to a lot of trouble to clear the stale-smoke scent out of his apartment. That's why the candles are burning and the fans are humming on high.Read all about Jim in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Jun 9
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Astoria Characters: The Fairy Godmother

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingShireen and her daughter Janan at Arabesque Couture Boutique.In between a boisterous bar and a game's-over gambling den, the Shireen Khan's Arabesque Couture Boutique opened its single plate-glass door, elevating the end of the block…See More
Jun 2
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Astoria Characters: The Lover Left Holding the Daffodils

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDaffodils are symbols of requited love.When I first saw him, he was sitting on the stoop.I wouldn't have noticed him except he was clutching a bunch of daffodils.Read all about him in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Lover…See More
May 26
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Astoria Characters: The Friends and Family Fellow

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGeorge, his father and brother own Family Corner Restaurant."Good morning, Jerry!"George Kavadias follows this wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee greeting with a hale-and-hearty handshake.Read all about George in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria…See More
May 19
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Astoria Characters: The Be-Positive Being

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingBrianna's a positive-thinking cancer survivor.Fast and furious, the rain falls. Brianna Mercado, wearing a shirt the color of sunshine, is intently watching it through the living room window. There's not a tear in her eyes. In fact, there's a serene smile on her face.Read all about Brianna in Nancy…See More
May 12
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Astoria Characters: The Novel Teen

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLoli, 16, just published her first novel.Sixteen-year-old Mariadolores "Loli" Alvarez walks in carrying a bunch of books about the Holocaust.On the top of the pile is the one she just wrote and published: Forgiveness…See More
May 5
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Astoria Characters: The Editor of Eating

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingStacey is the founder of Allergic to Salad.Picky. It's not a word that Stacey Ornstein usually uses, but it's one that makes her plate too full.Read all about Stacey in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Editor of Eating."See More
Apr 28
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Astoria Characters: The Grammy Guy

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJames has won several Grammys.The sound of silence in James Cruz' apartment is deafening."Do you mind if I put on some music?" he pleads rather than asks.Read all about James in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Grammy Guy."See More
Apr 21

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Nancy Ruhling's Blog

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Sees the Good in Everything

Unfurling her collapsible cane, Cynthia Groopman strides toward the door of her room. Once she's in the hallway, she feels around the lock with her fingers until she "sees" the slot for the key.

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling…

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Posted on August 4, 2015 at 6:28am

Astoria Characters: The Old-Timer You Won't See Any More

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Michael opened Madeleine's Hosiery some 40 years ago.

Madeleine's Hosiery, which has been on Steinway Street forever, or at least for as long as anyone can remember, probably won't be…

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Posted on July 28, 2015 at 6:32am

Astoria Characters: The Flamenco Dancer

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Gabriela's the founder of American Bolero Dance Company.

If there's one steady thing that can be said of Gabriela Granados, it's that she can't sit…

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Posted on July 21, 2015 at 6:05am

Astoria Characters: The Music Mama

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Shelly's working on album No. 5.

Singer. Songwriter. Musician. Performer. Wife. Mother. Worker.

Shelly Bhushan lists these labels -- she doesn't think she has left any out -- and…

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Posted on July 14, 2015 at 6:30am

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