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Updated: 09/01/2017 03:26:53PM

Crossroads led here

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Sue Wade

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After adjusting a stray loudspeaker wire, Mark Asciutto folded his lanky frame into a stage-side seat and began relating a chain of events that started in 1960s Brooklyn and Coney Island.

The castle walls of Visani Restaurant and Comedy Zone on Kings Highway fall away. You smell popcorn and Nathan’s hot dogs, hear kids yelling up the street, feel the rumble of the El over Stillwell Avenue, not far from a gritty New York City crossroads where they filmed the chase scene from “The French Connection.”

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