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Entries by Nancy Ruhling from 12/2012

Astoria Characters: The Guy With the Extra Six-Pack

| Posted 12.04.2012 | New York

Gurgle, gurglegurglegurgle, gurgle. Rich Buceta gets so excited when he hears this sound that you'd think he'd discovered a multi-million-dollar oil well gushing up through his factory floor.

Astoria Characters: The Singing Streetlights

| Posted 12.11.2012 | New York

I look left. I look right. Curiously, the carol isn't coming from a car stereo. Or a store. I'm not Dorothy, but I stare at my shoes; will Santa and his sleigh go away if I click my bronze MBTs three times?

Astoria Characters: The Ice Sculptor

| Posted 12.18.2012 | New York

It happened many moons ago, but when Shintaro Okamoto opens the door of the walk-in freezer and sees the tiger's head, he remembers the swan.

Astoria Characters: The Music Man

| Posted 12.27.2012 | New York

George Phillips, a fire hydrant with Einstein's frizzled hair, is the owner of Astoria Music, but it's more fitting to call him a one-man band because ever since he took over the shop three decades ago, he's remained its one and only employee.