Astoria Characters: The Complex Man

It has been weeks since Stefano Poliseno has been to his Astoria Sports Complex.   Stefano outside the closed Astoria Sports Complex. He parks his car – a white Maserati detailed with a green and red stripe in homage to his and its Italian heritage – and goes to the front door of the building, which remains forever closed to him. Seeing it again is hard. “How do I feel? Sad and happy,” he says. “I’m passionate about the children who came here; I miss them, but now I’ll…

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Astoria Characters: The Ladder That Fell From the Sky

It was more like a clatter than a crash. When the big bang occurred, I sprang from my swivel chair and flew to the window to see what could be the matter. There, sprawled on my lower-level flat roof, sparkling in the sunlight like a diamond, was a silver ladder. I’ve lived in my house for more than 16 years, and I’ve borne witness to all manner of strange happenings. But most of them occurred on the ground. Attached townhouses, I discovered too late to move, rarely make good (or…

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