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Astoria Characters: The Zen Rocker

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingMike’s a lifelong Astoria resident.What do a statue of Ganesha, an electric-red Kramer guitar, a 20-year-old ZZ plant, ticket stubs from Bad Brains and OFF! concerts, a Malta stamp and a black Trek road bike have in common?I’m guessing you’ll never guess.OK, here’s the answer: Mike Dijan.Read all about Mike in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog, "Astoria Characters: The Zen Rocker."See More
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Astoria Characters: The Wallpaper Designer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSarah is the owner of Merenda Wallpaper.Sitting in her bright white-walled design studio, Sarah Merenda flips through her book of wallpaper samples.The owner of Merenda Wallpaper, she’s not looking for any particular pattern, which is a good thing because her designs are diverse and if you don’t know Sarah, you might mistakenly think they are random.Read all about Sarah in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog, "Astoria…See More
May 16
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Astoria Characters: The Fun Family

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingKazuki is a fashion designer.When Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska opens the blinds to bring in the morning sun, her daughter, Kharin, protests.Read all about her in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog Astoria Characters: The Fun Family.See More
May 9
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Astoria Characters: The Proactive Actor

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDid you see Joshua in Les Mis?It’s been a month since Joshua Morgan has set eyes on Barnaby.That’s why the maroon fan-tailed Betta is swimming in circles in a tiny round plastic container on the dining room table.Read all about Joshua in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
May 2
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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Saved the Bocce Court

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDanny grew up in Astoria Houses.White canvas ball bag in hand, Danny Berrios heads toward the bocce court in Astoria Park.It’s along the waterfront next to the children’s playground. Even if you’re a regular park-goer, you might not know of its existence.Read all about Danny in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Saved the Bocce Court."See More
Apr 25
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Astoria Characters: The Music Maker

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGuillermo is a flutist.The flute was not Guillermo Laporta’s first choice.Read all about Guillermo in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Music Maker."See More
Apr 18
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Astoria Characters: The Tiffany Curator

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLindsy's the director/curator of The Neustadt.From the more than 250,000 pieces of Tiffany art glass at The Neustadt, Lindsy Parrott pulls out a rippled cream-colored sheet and holds it up to the light.Read all about Lindsy in Nancy Ruhlng's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Tiffany Curator."See More
Apr 11
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Astoria Characters: The Words Worker

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingTracy is the founder of Writers Work.In a corner of her living room, in the shelter of a makeshift cubicle, Tracy Sayre sits typing on her 5-year-old black Toshiba laptop.Read all about Tracy in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Words Worker." See More
Apr 4
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Astoria Characters: The Voice Teacher

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingOliver is the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music.Ah, where to begin? Oliver Söhngen has much to say so he starts strumming a guitar.Read all about Oliver in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Voice Teacher."See More
Mar 28
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Astoria Characters: The Kid Entrepreneurs

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingIzzy, 11, started his first business when he was 3.Izzy Weitzman is sitting at the kitchen table putting Magic, The Gathering cards into packets for pricing.Read all about Izzy and his brother, Abey, in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria…See More
Mar 21
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Astoria Characters: The Daddy Blogger

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJason writes One Good Dad.A coffee cup and pacifier in hand, Jason Greene, who has a quartet of kids, plops himself down on the living room floor, where his 18-month-old daughter, Arwen, is playing with giant LEGO tiles.Read all about Jason in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Mar 14
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Astoria Characters: The Enchanted Goddess

Photo by Nancy A.RuhlingJoan transformed herself into The Enchanted Goddess.Surrounded by magic wands, angel statues and spiritual tomes, Joan Becht Willette, aka The Enchanted Goddess, is reclining in her writing chair, notebook in hand, waiting for the right words to leap from pen to paper.Read all about Joan in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Mar 7
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Immortalizes the Dearly Departed

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingEffie's the owner of Monuments by Effie on Ditmars Boulevard.Effie Sfikas is gazing out the front window. The sun is shining, the stores are open and people are walking up and down Ditmars Boulevard.The world is bursting with life.Read all about Effie in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Feb 28
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Astoria Characters: The Returnee

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingDominique, an Astoria native, came back to take care of her mother.Dominique Perrot has painted striking stripes in her long, dark hair. She’s decided to go grey gracefully, and the indigo streaks blend in and stand out at the same time, making her ageless.Read all about Dominique in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
Feb 21
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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

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Nancy Ruhling's Blog

Astoria Characters: The Zen Rocker



Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Mike’s a lifelong Astoria resident.

What do a statue of Ganesha, an electric-red Kramer guitar, a 20-year-old ZZ plant, ticket stubs from Bad Brains and…

Continue

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 5:58am

Astoria Characters: The Wallpaper Designer

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Sarah is the owner of Merenda Wallpaper.

Sitting in her bright white-walled design studio, Sarah Merenda flips through her book of wallpaper samples.

The owner of Merenda Wallpaper, she’s not looking for any…

Continue

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 6:00am

Astoria Characters: The Fun Family

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Kazuki is a fashion designer.

When Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska opens the blinds to bring in the morning sun, her daughter, Kharin, protests.

Read all about her in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog Astoria Characters: The Fun…

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Posted on May 9, 2017 at 6:07am

Astoria Characters: The Proactive Actor



Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Did you see Joshua in Les Mis?



It’s been a month since Joshua Morgan has set eyes on Barnaby.

That’s why the maroon…

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Posted on May 2, 2017 at 6:04am

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