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Astoria Characters: The Walk-On Woman

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.04.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

You can set your clock by Dana D'Ascoli. Every morning in every kind of weather, she's in Astoria Park logging lightning laps from 5 to 6. And it's not just around the park. Dana's running role in life has been careering away from things she doesn't love to do.

WATCH: Massive Teen Brawl Erupts In Astoria Park

Posted 04.19.2013 | New York

Police are searching for teens involved in a massive Queen brawl that was caught on video and uploaded to WorldStarHipHop.com. A 14-year-old girl ...

Astoria Characters: The Pigeon Parents

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.27.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

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.

Astoria Characters: The Guy Stuck on Skateboards

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Skateboarding has always given me a feeling of freedom," Raffie Gordon, owner of skate shop Belief in Astoria says. "All my problems go away when I step on the board."

Astoria Characters: The On-Beat Brothers

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.28.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Enrico de Trizio and Giancarlo de Trizio start jamming to the rhythm of their new-found city. The brothers -- Enrico on the melodica and Giancarlo on the cajón -- have never played to the sky before, but once they start, they don't want to stop.

Astoria Characters: The Metal Tamer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.09.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

To ratchet up recycling, artist Bernard Klevickas created "Twisted Bicycle," a sculpture/planter made of an old bike that is designed to be wrapped around city streetlights.

Astoria Characters: The Canines' Constant Companion

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Hey, Dog Walker!" The shout-out bounds across the street like a puppy fetching a stick. Erin O'Meara, leash and iPod in hand, waves.

Astoria Characters: The City-Slicker Chicken Farmers

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Deciding to raise chickens in an apartment that's smaller than a chicken coop isn't something Jules Corkery and Robert McMinn are doing on a whim.

Astoria Characters: The Sister Act

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Everybody says we look alike," says Francine Amendola. "But our mother says we don't," adds her sister, Laraine Amendola.

Astoria Characters: The Starry-Eyed Tailor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

For nearly a quarter century, Patricia Pelengaris has been the owner of the establishment on 23rd Avenue at 28th Street that she named A&E Cleaners for her children, Alex and Eleni.

Astoria Characters: The Octogenarian Activists

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

On the emerald green front door of Stanley and Kathleen Rygor's 1890 cottage, there's a Claddagh knocker whose well-worn brass shows that it's no stranger to visitors.