Astoria Characters: The Private Eye

Once, Clarissa McNair had to convince a Diamond District dealer that she was a shop owner eager to buy his designer knockoffs. Another time, she played the widow of a Tiffany-glass collector to see whether the well-known dealer, who had served time for selling stolen goods, had turned over a new leaf. And then there was the time she pretended to be the mother of a child dying of cancer. She had to memorize medications and complicated medical terms so the oncologist, who was suspected of…

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Astoria Characters: The Man Exploring the Art of Life

Hyungjo Moon doesn’t have many possessions. His fifth-floor apartment, which looks out over the Broadway subway stop, isn’t so much immaculately austere as carefully curated. The living room/dining room/art studio of his efficient one-bedroom box contains nothing more than a futon-like sofa, a white card table for eating meals, a coffee table surgically stacked with books, a computer desk with a swiveling office chair and a small bookcase with a handful of objects, including a Victoria’s…

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Astoria Characters: The Woman With a New Life

Wow! There have been a lot of changes – boom, boom, boom! — in Tiffany Gentry’s life lately. So caught up has Tiffany been in the whirlwind of everything new that she hasn’t really had time to process her dramatic metamorphosis. Just when she’s about to expound upon her transformation, Achilles, her adorable 4-and-a-half-year-old beagle, tells her it’s time to take a walk. Tiffany, a tallish woman with a lion’s mane of light brown/blond hair that cascades freely down…

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Astoria Characters: The Monster Maker

Somewhere sinister, in a secret lab, Dr. Cube, a mad scientist intent on ruling the universe, is making a malevolent monster mob that can crush cities with a single stomp. When the bad doctor, who wears a box-like mask to hide his hideous face, unleashes his formidable force, the planet kneels before the likes of Kung Fu Chicken Noodle (a factory worker who’s a soup can) and Dusto Bunny (a hare-sage who needs a body Swiffer). Will the earth be pulverized by these strange beasts called…

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Astoria Characters: The Art-Foundry Owner

What’s your title? It’s not meant to be a funny question, but it makes Michael Perrotta of Sculpture House Casting laugh. “We’re a family business,” he says. “We don’t have titles. I’ve done everything from sweeping the floor to doing the patina on a bronze. Nothing is above or below anyone here.” Michael, who handles the business aspects of the foundry, is sitting at an art-scarred antique oak desk. It belongs to his father, Salvatore. So do the dust-shrouded grey…

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