The Man Who Never Runs Out of Ice

It’s the crack of 8 a.m. when the black security gates of Tri-Boro Beverage and Ice roll up with a roar, and Carlo Caraccia unfurls the American flag. He proudly hangs the red, white and blue by the front door that’s plastered with signs: Beware of Dog; Coors Light Mardi Gras and Blue Moon. Guinness, a horse of a Great Dane who’s the color of a Halloween midnight, bounds out as the first customers pull up to the ramp with their empty coolers. Beware of Dog? Carlo laughs. The sign doesn’t refer to Guinness, heavens no; …

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The Evolving Earth Mother

“Welcome to Fairyland,” says Maria L. Delgado. Maria, whose pixie-cut hair is the color of a shiny new penny, is Hobbit-high, so when she opens the wooden gate that towers over her, it is indeed a magical act. In her back yard, there’s a thicket of bamboo, a plot of Russian sunflowers and a crop of corn. In one corner, there’s a gingerbread-style play house that looks as though it ran away from Hansel and Gretel. Next to it are a green-plastic tike table and an ocean-blue kiddie pool as round as the Earth. Photo by Nancy A. …

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