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Astoria Characters: The Banker Everybody Loves

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.22.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

For Michael Serao, banking isn't all about money. It's about helping people enrich their lives.

Astoria Characters: The Kindred Spirit

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.23.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's Thanksgiving time, and Kim Parshley is getting ready to make her famous pumpkin pie. She wishes the recipe had been handed down from her grandmother. It wasn't; she was left to concoct it all by herself.

Astoria Characters: The Meetup Master

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.11.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

James A. DeSoucey Jr. is a squat muscle-bound square with laughing baby blues. He looks as though he coulda been a boxer. Or a prizefighter. Or at least a contender.

Astoria Characters: The Corner-Eatery's Owner

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Andreas Andreou hasn't had a break all day or a day off in more than a month, but he gladly steps behind the counter at Cyprus Corner to take the take-out orders.

Astoria Characters: The No-Go Gal

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Astoria, Queens: for 40 years, this has been Josephine Todaro's stomping ground. "Everyone I know who has left Astoria always comes back," she says.