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Astoria Characters: The Balloon Sculptor by Nruhling
Dec 03, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Hampton started HKBalloons NYC at the end of 2015. Text and photos by Nancy A. Ruhling There is an art to breathing life into a balloon. Hampton Keith Bishop selects one of the 600,000 unblown balloons that are hanging on the wall in a rainbow of color. It happens to be ...
Astoria Characters: The Graffiti Guy by Nruhling
Nov 26, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Mike-171 and Charlie Brown. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling With Charlie Brown, his large, lovable black lab leading the way, Mike-171 heads toward his museum. A big guy with close-cropped reddish hair and bright blue eyes, Mike-171 climbs the front steps of his four...
Astoria Characters: The Singer Who Calls Himself Sick Walt by Nruhling
Nov 24, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Sick Walt is a singer and so much more. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling The muscle man with the booming voice, shaved head and neon blue eyes who calls himself Sick Walt is pacing up and down the dining room of his apartment like a lion trying to break out of a zoo c...
Astoria Characters: The Queen of 3-Liners by Nruhling
Nov 12, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Caitlin is the author of Urban Haiku. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling You see, she’s used to curating her remarks to create hilarious haiku sound bites about the city. What was your first reaction when you moved to Manhattan? “welcome to New York: your pizza slice is...
7TV6_01D80FF4_00D2_4C2D_8C19_73647F78BC02.jpeg Free Home Evaluation November and December 2021 by jimmyturano
Nov 12, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 301 301 recommendations | email to a friend
Thinking of Selling your Home?  Now is the time while  Buyers are buying and getting 3.125% Mortgage rates. Do not wait till Spring when  most owners list their  properties. Avoid the competition. I have 42 years of experience in Real Estate. I have completed over 4,000 written appraisals to date...
Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Put the Mystery Journals in the Park by Nruhling
Nov 05, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Megan is the person behind The Journal Project NYC. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling It’s such a simple idea. Megan M. Stier , a self-described performer/educator/motivational speaker (there’s rent to pay,  so it depends on the day) bought five notebooks and five pens...
Italian Charities of America held its 85th Annual Dinner Dance. by Milano52
Nov 02, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 426 426 recommendations | email to a friend
Queens, New York  –  On October 24, 2021, Italian Charities of America held their 85th Annual Dinner Dance at the Roma View in Howard Beach, Queens. Italian Charities of America is a nonprofit organization located in Elmhurst, Queens that promotes Italian American culture, heritage, history, and ...
Astoria Characters: The Proprietor of The Brass Owl by Nruhling
Oct 29, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Nicole opened The Brass Owl in 2014. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling Juggling. That’s what Nicole Panettieri excels at. She has two babies – a 2-year-old named Nate and a 7-year-old she called, for no deep, compelling reason, other than that it sounds so cute, The Br...
92V2_E2DB389B_9C5C_4A22_B49D_311D74F9FBC8.jpeg What to look for when buying a home. Key important items. by jimmyturano
Oct 23, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 563 563 recommendations | email to a friend
There is a reason for everything. Low price is nice, but does the area have top rated schools? What about shopping, drive up and down the area for a mile. No supermarkets, a big inconvenience. No nursery schools or big drugstore chains? You don’t want to purchase a home and have to go to another ...
Astoria Characters: The Absinthe Aficionado by Nruhling
Oct 22, 2021 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Don’s the co-founder of The Green Fairy Society. Text and Photos by Nancy A. Ruhling You’ve never drunk The Green Fairy? Don Spiro grabs a glass goblet, chilled water and a nearly empty bottle of the spirited spirit also known as absinthe. Planting his Panama hat at a ra...