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Joe was reeling himself. He stuck his head in a bucket of water and cleaned up the cabin and threw the bottles overboard and started working on the claxon regularly. To hell with ‘em, he kept saying to himself, he wouldn’t be a plaster saint for anybody. He was feeling fine, he had something more […]

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At the time Eugene met him, he was planning Minetta Water on the shores of Gravesend Bay, which was the most ambitious of all his projects so far. He was being followed financially, by a certain number of Brooklyn politicians and financiers who had seen him succeed in small things, taking a profit of from […]

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One of America’s greatest public historians, Philip Dray has been in some unusual places but none more unusual than this: seated in an orange dinghy just launched from the Bay Ridge shore and headed for… the wine dark sea? For Staten Island? “No, no, no” the oarsman, Brian Berger, assures me. “Fort Lafayette!” All I saw […]

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Yugoslav Steward knocks on my door, says “You stay on the ship? Okay?” and goes off into Brooklyn to get drunk with the crew— Alyce and I are waking up, at one A.M., arm in arm in a dreadsome ship, agh— Only one watchman alone on the walk— Everybody drinking in bars of New York. […]

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330 Blind in Boro Making ‘Weapons’ For Armed Forces Cashmore Urges Brooklyn Support Drive For Unfortunate Some 330 blind men and women of Brooklyn, “making  weapons of a sort for our men in the services,” are engaged almost exclusively in war production, Borough President Cashmore said in an appeal for the 1942 Brooklyn Week for […]

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Speaking of Red Hook Raiders*, there was some unusual activity in the neighborhood of Pioneer Park this Friday Night, which isn’t to say unique just… unusual. With the exception of our respected colleague and recent interviewee Lost City Brooks,  WWIB has had just about zero use for any of the Red Hook or related blogs […]

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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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Italian is a funny language and the Italians are a funny people. I don’t mean funny like The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight (1971), although Jimmy Breslin’s largely South Brooklyn-set novel is a fine picaresque. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who composed many Italian operas, was an Austrian Catholic, funnily enough, although his greatest librettist, Lorenzo Da […]

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Happy Crispus Attucks Week! This celebration is not to be confused with the mysterious Catholic holiday of Christo Redentor Week nor the Proustian French literature feast known as Roger Shattuck Week. For more on the legacy of Crispus Attucks, see both Combat Jack with a cautionary Cornell tale as wild as any in Richard Fariña’s […]

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Australian Peter Bishop— writer, scholar, traveler and jazz buff—is a fascinating guy. Currently an Associate Professor in Communication & Cultural Studies at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Peter is also the author of Bridge (Reaktion Books). Don’t be swayed by the plain title, lacking even the article of Hart Crane gave us; […]

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