Nancy Ruhling
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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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Astoria Characters: The Man at the End of the Line

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJohn manning the deli counter at Andrew & Frank's Catering.The rush-hour regulars are lined up when John Zizzo steps behind the deli counter at Andrew & Frank's Catering.Read all about John in Nancy…See More
Apr 14
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Astoria Characters: The Sneakers in the Sky

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingWho threw them there and why?I live around the corner from a private high school. If I ever need to be reminded of this fact, all I have to do is look up in the sky.Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Sneakers…See More
Apr 7
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Astoria Characters: The Rememberer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingWar separated Pedro and his family when he was a child.If you don't know anything about Pedro Fernandez de Unamuno, and most of the world doesn't, look at his hat.He's wearing it so you'll ask him about it.Read all about Pedro in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 31
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Astoria Characters: The Cat Guy

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPaul with one of his feline friends.The cats didn't do it. Paul Santell wants that to be perfectly clear before he bares his left arm.Read all about Paul in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Cat Guy."See More
Mar 24
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who's Counting on 90

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMinnie, who retired three years ago, soon will be 90.Minnie Daddario places a plate of pizzelle on the table. There aren't many people who make the Italian snowflake-shaped cookies any more. Minnie thinks that's a shame.Read all about Minnie in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 17
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Astoria Characters: The Senior Stunt Man

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTony and his son Peter getting into the zone.It's not as easy as it looks.Tony Loupakis, who stands a mere 5 feet 4, grabs the bar of the parallel baam, spreads his legs in a V and hooks his feet, like eagle talons, onto the smooth, bare wood.Read all about Tony in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 10
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Astoria Characters: The Costume Designer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingEmmy winner Erin designs costumes for Sesame Street."My house is like a zoo on Saturday mornings," says Erin Black.So consider yourself warned and enter at your own risk to meet her husband, Eric, who is trying to feed Emmett, the nearly 12-month-old baby, who thinks food is something that should not go into…See More
Mar 3
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Astoria Characters: The All-Around Activist

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMickey Z. in his protester's pose.Even when he's not raising his furious fist to the sky, Mickey Z. is outstanding in the crowd. That's something to say because as a political activist, he's in so many.Read all about Mickey Z. in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Feb 24

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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 Souvlaki Lady

2015-05-24-1432474143-268810-Elpida2.jpg 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…

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Posted on June 30, 2015 at 6:14am

Astoria Characters: The Newborn Doula

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Annie'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.

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Posted on June 23, 2015 at 6:18am

Astoria Characters: The Woman Wiping Tears From Her Eyes

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Ann 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…

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Posted on June 16, 2015 at 6:19am

Astoria Characters: The Cerebral Cowboy

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Jim'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…

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Posted on June 9, 2015 at 6:32am

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