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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Really Gives a Fig

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.16.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Joe Vitale, who was born in Palermo, Italy and christened Pepino by his parents, is the fig savior. When he bought his house six years ago, the fig tree in back was all but dead. Joe nursed it back to health.

Astoria Characters: The Fig Thieves

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When the fig thieves fled with my fruits, I decided to take matters into my own empty hands.

Astoria Characters: The Garden Guys

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

2010-08-11-Screenshot20100811at11.02.34AM.jpg At the end of Hazen Street, where the cars on Astoria Boulevard whoosh by like rockets, a garden center grows.

Astoria Characters: On the Street Where I Live

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Astoria isn't Mayberry or even Lake Wobegon. It's more like Alice's Wonderland, but you don't have to go down a rabbit hole to get here. Astoria comes to you, and once it grabs you, it never lets you go.