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Entries by Nancy Ruhling from 04/2012

Astoria Characters: The Soup-to-Nuts Storyteller

| Posted 04.03.2012 | New York

Giuseppe Viterale never starts or ends the day without a cup of espresso. He fires up a little gas burner, spoons in the ground coffee and puts the aluminum one-cup pot atop the steady blue flame. "This is like a religious ritual for me," he says.

Astoria Characters: The Groomer Who's Throwing in the Bone

| Posted 04.10.2012 | New York

For Camille Pisciotta, this is just like any other day, except that it isn't. By the time she's unlocked the gate at her Pampered Poodle Palace, her big blue eyes are tearing up.

Astoria Characters: The Out-There Artist

| Posted 04.17.2012 | New York

Chris Bogia opens the door and cranks up '60s rock on the radio. He likes to listen to music when he works in his studio. The art he does -- gluing bits of yarn onto his paintings -- requires a steady hand,

Astoria Characters: The Flamboyant Fund-Raiser

| Posted 04.24.2012 | New York

Elena Kess is wearing 6-inch lizard-skin stilettos the color of a moonless midnight. She's so high off the ground that she's tiptoeing rather than walking across 30th Avenue.