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Astoria Characters: The Grammy Guy

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.21.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

James, a Grammy-winning mastering engineer, is used to listening to supersized speakers screaming at the top of their woofers and tweeters. Listening is the key word. James, barefoot and bearded, is all about the sound not the syllables.

Astoria Characters: The Man at the End of the Line

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The rush-hour regulars are lined up when John Zizzo steps behind the deli counter at Andrew & Frank's Catering. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling John is ...

Astoria Characters: The Sneakers in the Sky

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.07.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

I live around the corner from a private high school. If I ever need to be reminded of this fact, all I have to do is look up in the sky.

The Goonies Town Is Actually Really Charming

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 04.02.2015 | Travel

"Hey you guys!" The town from everyone's favorite '80s movie "The Goonies" is actually a real place. Not only that, but it's also quite charming. Much...

Astoria Characters: The Rememberer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.31.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

If you don't know anything about Pedro Fernandez de Unamuno, and most of the world doesn't, look at his hat. He's wearing it so you'll ask him about it.

Astoria Characters: The Cat Guy

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.24.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The cats didn't do it. Paul Santell wants that to be perfectly clear before he bares his left arm.

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who's Counting on 90

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.17.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Minnie Daddario places a plate of pizzelle on the table. There aren't many people who make the Italian snowflake-shaped cookies any more. Minnie thinks that's a shame.

Astoria Characters: The All-Around Activist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.25.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Even when he's not raising his furious fist to the sky, Mickey Z. is outstanding in the crowd. That's something to say because as a political activist, he's in so many.

Never Say Die! A Guide to 'Goonies' Filming Locations in Oregon

Roadtrippers | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel
Roadtrippers

Who among us didn't spend their childhood wishing they were a Goonie? The premise of exploring your town on the world's most awesome scavenger hunt and finding buried treasure is basically every kid's fantasy (hell, it's still something I dream of happening to me from time to time).

Astoria Characters: The Full-Cup Couple

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.18.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Predrag Grncarski's a cappuccino guy; his wife, Giselle, favors cortados. Not that they ever have time for a coffee break.

Astoria Characters: The Cooking Coach

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.04.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's flu season, and Joann Pandolfi comes carrying a care package for me. Her Little Red Riding Hood basket contains homemade chicken soup, meatloaf and green beans garnished with ginger.

Astoria Characters: The Sax Player

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.28.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Carol Sudhalter, the founder of Astoria Big Band and the quartet that bears her name, walks into this improv stage, which is her living room and the room she does most of her living in. She hoists Betty, a big brassy baritone sax, and cradles it in her arms like a baby.

Astoria Characters: The Soloist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.21.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Why? Even for Yomar Ramirez, who is an introspective woman, it's not always easy to come up with a simple, satisfying answer. Sometimes it's better to shrug and go on, which is what she does.

Astoria Characters: The Man Who's Redrawing His Life

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The painting, a brooding tattoo of black and white shapes flowing together like a raging river, is wrapped in a cage of thin clear plastic. Anthony Cardillo releases it and holds it in front of his body like a warrior's shield.

Astoria Characters: The Creek Chronicler

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.08.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Mitch, the volunteer historian of the nonprofit Newtown Creek Alliance, is an expert at coaxing out its waterlogged words.

Astoria Characters: The Biz Brothers

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.01.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

As soon as Dan and Shaun Dougherty sit down, they start reminiscing. It's still a rarity to see the two together even though they are business partners. Their farm-to-table New American Cuisine restaurant, Crescent Grill, has been open for a year and a half, and it keeps them too busy to socialize.

Astoria Characters: The Team Player

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.22.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The first thing you see when you enter Pete Silletti's office is the company logo. If you don't recognize the "you're in good hands" corporate art, it is spelled out in huge, shiny silver letters: Allstate.

Astoria Characters: The Re-Rooted Florists

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.15.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's not enough room in Teddy's Florist for the plants and the people, so George Stelios starts moving the flowers to the street.

Astoria Characters: The Man in Transition

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.01.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's nothing ordinary about Clay Nelms' story. So don't let the stereotypical musical-style synopsis fool you: Small-town boy with big-city dreams comes to New York because he's gotta sing and dance.

Astoria Characters: The Rx Man

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.24.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When he hears it, he knows he's home. Home is City View Pharmacy, the business he founded nearly a decade ago in a building that's old enough to be his grandfather.

Astoria Characters: The Sidewalk Library

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.11.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

On the sidewalk, under the tree, there's a fire-engine-red box with a glass door. It's filled with books for everyone on the block to borrow.

Astoria Characters: The Two Cooks in the Kitchen

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.28.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Elbow to elbow. When Mariantonia and Guillermo Hung are working in the kitchen, that's how it is. Their husband-and-wife fast-food restaurant, Pao & Cha-Cha, is the size of a one-man food cart.

Astoria Characters: The Eclectic Educator

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.21.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sometimes, Steven thinks about slowing down. He has a teenage son, a grown son and three grandchildren he dreams of spending more time with. Grandstanding, after all, is a more befitting pastime for those of a tenderer age.

Astoria Characters: The Silver-Lining Pal

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.14.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's pouring cats and dogs. That's why Jill Parshley Cardillo and her sunny yellow umbrella are out. Jill likes to walk in the water, saving the drops on her tongue for a rainy day.

Astoria Characters: The Priceless Pair

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.07.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It would be flip to say that it was a toss of the coin that landed Jennifer and Frank Greco at Astoria Coins & Collectibles. But it wasn't much more complicated than that.