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South Bronx Makes History With or Without Mayoral Candidates

Julio Pabon | Posted 05.14.2013 | New York
Julio Pabon

I have seen many forums and debates for candidates running for mayor taking place in other parts of the city, but never in my neighborhood. It's like, people in the Bronx don't count?

Astoria Characters: The Ever-Weeping Widow

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.23.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The diamond engagement ring doesn't come off Ronnie Hartley's finger easily. For nearly 46 years, she's worn it, ever since Roger, her dear and dearly departed, gave it to her.

Astoria Characters: The Singing Streetlights

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.10.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

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 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 Peace Broker

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.20.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Moustafa Elshiekh places a color photo reverently on his desk. It was taken this year, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, and in it, he's standing between Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Astoria Characters: The New Arrival

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.09.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

With the gracefulness of the dancer she once was, Malini "Mala" Ekanayake primly sits on the park bench, puts her feet together in perfect alignment and closes her big, brown eyes.