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Three things about Empire Boulevard (there are more)*: First, what’s beef? In 1989, graffiti writer JA wilding on SONI’s house as recounted in Jim Dwyer’s excellent book Subway Lives (1991): JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA JA. And so on. This really happened and it didn’t end […]

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Emptying. Airmail: the garbage parts flutter and glide and plummet, thrown out in a sweet, athletic arc. They drop through morning sunlight into shade. The bag pulls its ripcord: disintegrates. Cans’ flat bottoms wink sun back, flash-flash, end over end: C and C Cola, Cerveza Rheingold, Raid (do not incinerate), Café Bustelo and Spam. One […]

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It’s been the same every August 22, or at least since then Brooklyn Borough President Sebastian Leone decreed it so in 1976: John Cazale Day! Less than two years later, the great actor was dead: the bone cancer. Director Sidney Lumet (b. 1924, and greatest maker of Brooklyn fims in the sound era*), the once […]

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Writing about photography has never been easy, a fact attested to by the dread most of us feel when we encounter so-called photography critics. There have been some exceptions: Beaumont Newhall and John Szarkowski are rightly lauded, Jonathan Williams was among our most sly essayists in addition to his other talents (poet, publisher and photographer) […]

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Caz Dolowicz notes: The following post originally ran on June 21, 2007 but since there’s some noise about the 20th Anniversary of Do The Right Thing coming up— including a Long Island University panel appearance by our man Dallas Penn (see below for details)—I figured this is a good time to bring that beat back. […]

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Speaking of mounts and the line, had horses once been about two feet tall, in the dim past? Was this another fantasy proffered by lofty science? Were more scientists slightly perverted? Were chemists considered scientists? How so? What horses won the 1858 Kentucky Derby? The Preakness? The Belmont Stakes? Do horse players always die broke? […]

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by Anonymous*: Glug glug glug? Both Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt believed it so, yes, but throughout the 1960s and into the early ’70s, I was a HUGE Beach Boys fan, thus I vastly prefer “Chug-A-Lug” (Chug-A-Lug). To those who disagree another term at the Gravesend School of Doo-Wop might be in order. “Fuck that, […]

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Cocktails and signs of “ads” flashing, light’s waterfalls, — Louis Zukofsky, from “55 Poems” (1941) Now and then there are flashes in the world of business, finance, sport, art or theatricals a colorful figure which comes we know not whence or how. But because it exerts enormous influence and kicks up dust generally, and because […]

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In anticipation of Victoria Day, coming up May 19, WWIB re-presents its epic, nearly all-inclusive interview with writer, professor, mixologist and so much more, Mark Kingwell. Jane Jacobs gets tweaked a little and I only wish it were a little more. Maybe for Remembrance Day? — Valdosta Quitman Everybody’s talkin’ about Canada—not as much as […]

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Joseph Rivera is a retired New York City cop and Vandal Squad: Inside The New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004 (Powerhouse/Miss Rosen Editions) is the story of his twenty years on the job. Of course, the Bronx-native couldn’t have done it without ya’ll, the “vandals,” most of whom are better known to this book’s […]

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