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Astoria Characters: The Martial-Arts Mentor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.18.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

With his white hair and sky-high sleek physique, Dino stands out in a crowd, making it virtually impossible for him to hide in a corner office, much less in a corner. He's closing in on 53, but he has the enthusiasm of a teenager who just got the keys to his first car and wants to take the whole world for a joyride.

Astoria Characters: The 95-Year-Old Spring Chicken

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.26.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Don't let her age fool you. Henrietta Spilkia looks 75, and she's as vibrant as her hot-pink turtleneck and cherry-red lipstick.