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Entries by Nancy Ruhling from 11/2012

Astoria Characters: The Greek Dancer

| Posted 11.06.2012 | New York

Anastasia Tsantes stands on her feet all day. She's a waitress who's used to pulling 12- and 13-hour shifts.

Astoria Characters: The Lucky-Strike Bowler

| Posted 11.13.2012 | New York

BOWLING. That's what the big illuminated sign screams in red-apple letters that look as though they should be shining on a Times Square marquee.

Astoria Characters: The Peace Broker

| Posted 11.20.2012 | New York

Moustafa Elshiekh places a color photo reverently on his desk. It was taken this year, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, and in it, he's standing between Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Astoria Characters: The Pigeon Parents

| Posted 11.27.2012 | New York

There's a pigeon flying overhead when Eugene and Kaori Oda open the front door. And another. And another. Three in all. They land in the living room, where they're sitting in a row on the sofa, which is protected by a pair of plastic tablecloths.