You don’t have to take the
subway to Manhattan’s Fifth
Avenue to see a spectacular
window display this holiday
season; just take a walk down
Broadway right here in Astoria.
During the fall, the storefront window of
Vardiman Eyewear on 34-18 Broadway is
decorated with a hanging pair of glasses,
surrounded by forest creatures in beds of
red and yellow leaves.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, white and
blue papier-mâché Christmas trees dangle
from the ceiling. Each holiday gets its
own special installation.
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“He touches something and he turns
it into something unbelievable,” Janet
Arcila, the owner and manager of Vardiman
Eyewear, said of 28-year-old Onesis
Castillo. “I don’t know where he get these
Castillo, her Dominican-born neighbor,
has been creating seasonal pieces of art
for the store for the past five years, which
have caught a lot of eyes from patients
and passersby alike.
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