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Astoria Characters: The Fantasy Man

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.25.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Fantasy Curtain & Linen Shops, a mom-and-pop Bed, Bath and Beyond that is known for its custom and ready-made window treatments, has been a staple of Steinway Street since it was opened by Harry Last and his son, Mel, in 1951.

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 World-Wise Window Washer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The secret's in the squeegee. That's what gets windows streak-free, squeaky clean. So says Barry Feirstein, the guy who does windows for a living.

Astoria Characters: The Grandson of Mom-and-Pops

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Gary got his counter spot at Bartunek Hardware from his father, Edward, who was born the same year as the store and who waited on customers until earlier this year when he died at age 84.