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“Everything you see here is basically
from Craigslist or the street,” Riccio added.
“This couch has been here since Day One. I
found it on Craigslist.”
The L-shaped couch is the one thing that
brings you back to the present, but it contains
the space nicely. Against the wall sit
two chairs with padded seats and arm rests,
found at a church estate sale in Connecticut.
A fold-down table behind the couch
was abandoned on the street, and the vintage
telephone on top of it is from a thrift
store, as is the old-timey radio nearby.
The walls above the chairs are covered in
a collage of framed pictures: postcards and
old maps of their travels, a vintage map of
Astoria, artwork from the wedding, and various
other prints — including a bust of Sherlock
Holmes and a top-hat-wearing sloth.
But the most expensive piece of artwork
is hidden in plain sight. Above their makeshift
bar area across the room hangs an
original Salvador Dali print of a horse surrounded
by colorful butterflies.
“When I was born my mother gave me this,”
Rabinovitch said. “I’m never getting rid of