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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Wants To Help You Succeed

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling                                   Andre’s the organizing director of Zone 126.  Please, whatever you do, don’t say “project.”Andre T. Stith (that’s Smith with a T instead of an M, he says) doesn’t object to the word in and of itself.He grew up in and lives in Astoria Houses.Read all about Andre in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog, "Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Wants To Help You Succeed."See More
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Astoria Characters: The Motorcycle Men

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSL NYC is at 18-22 26th Road.A biker-black Dodge RAM pickup pulls up outside SL NYC and motorcycle man Sasha Alexander Lerner steps out onto the sidewalk.Sasha, a tall and lean man in black, has three bikes at home – two SL customs and a modified Harley FXR – but the early-morning spring breeze was brisk and biting, so he took the truck.Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog, Astoria Characters: The Motorcycle…See More
Jun 13
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Astoria Characters: The Medium

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingAlex's spiritual guide is Kazoo.I’m just a regular guy who talks to this other guy,” says Alex Altomonte.The other guy, who is with Alex, is Kazoo. You can’t see him, and you can’t hear him.Read all about Alex in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog "Astoria Characters: The Medium."See More
Jun 6
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Astoria Characters: The Shoe Repairman

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingManuel learned shoemaking at his father’s feet.Manuel Nunez is wearing wingtips. They are the color of caramel and polished to you-can-see-your-face-in-them perfection.I know this because I look down when he tells me about them.Read all about Manuel in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog "Astoria Characters: The Shoe Repairman."See More
May 30
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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
May 23
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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 Guy Who Wants To Help You Succeed



Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
                                   Andre’s the organizing director of Zone 126.



  Please, whatever you do, don’t say “project.”

Andre T. Stith (that’s Smith with a T instead…

Continue

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 6:11am

Astoria Characters: The Motorcycle Men



Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
SL NYC is at 18-22 26th Road.



A biker-black Dodge RAM pickup pulls up outside SL NYC and motorcycle man Sasha Alexander Lerner steps out onto the sidewalk.

Sasha, a tall and lean man in black, has three bikes at home – two SL…

Continue

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 5:59am

Astoria Characters: The Medium

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Alex's spiritual guide is Kazoo.

I’m just a regular guy who talks to this other guy,” says Alex Altomonte.

The other guy, who is…

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Posted on June 6, 2017 at 5:55am

Astoria Characters: The Shoe Repairman



Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Manuel learned shoemaking at his father’s feet.

Manuel Nunez is wearing wingtips. They are the color of caramel and polished to you-can-see-your-face-in-them perfection.

I know this because I look down when he…

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Posted on May 30, 2017 at 5:55am

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