The Ghosts Guide

Just when you think you’ve heard everything odd about Astoria, Marie Carter starts telling stories. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Marie’s a tour guide for Boroughs of the Dead. Did you know that the ghost of Roaring Twenties matinee idol Rudolph Valentino downs martinis in The Astor Room? Have you seen the pregnant shrouded spirit who floats around 34th Avenue at 44th Street? And have you ever had a close encounter with the garroting ghost of Old Astoria Village? Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Marie’s a freelance writer and editor. He strangled his daughter-in-law with a thin …

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The Blue-Collar Champion

You can’t miss Sergio Furnari’s pickup truck. It’s the dusty-silver 2002 Dodge Ram carrying 11 passengers on its roof. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Sergio’s Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper. Sergio climbs into the cluttered cab and drives toward the East River. When the skyline comes into view, he stops the engine and scales the scaffolding to take a seat with his pals on the I-beam. He unfurls the flag and lights a Marlboro. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Sergio: …

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The Queen of Ice Cream

Jane McGinn has always had a sweet spot for ice cream. She loves it in and of itself, but her affection for the beat-the-heat summer treat is more than cream deep. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Jane grew up on ice cream. You see, her grandmother married her grandfather because of ice cream. (OK, he also was a good dancer, but that has nothing to do with this sweet story.) Their melt-your-heart romance began when he took her on a date and they shared a dish of the decadent dessert. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Sweet Janes is on 24th&…

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