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Californian Kim Cooper is many things to many people: writer, editor, Scram magazine tyro, historian, catalyst and the conjunction of so many hep underground cultural currents, I can’t name half of them without wanting to cannonball into the La Brea Tar Pits. Were I able to list them them all, I’d jump into The Wedge […]

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It seems like everyone should know Laura Lindgren but empirically speaking, that’s not the case. What case? Not the nominative, accusative, dative nor genitive either. At the turn of the century in Brooklyn, the Piel’s Brewery of East New York would sell you 24 bottles— let’s call it a case— of beer for $1.25 ($1.50 […]

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How do you write about a Legend? Especially when you go back like we do— way back, to the basketball courts, pizza parlors, lechoneras, ominois stairwells and merengue blasting nights of the Bronx. Meet Christopher J. Sullivan, pure Bronx Irish out of Kingsbridge with Cardinal Spellman for leavening; meet Ernie Koy, Jr., a Puerto Rican […]

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by Ernie Koy, Jr Look, my favorite Christmas movie is Blast Of Silence, so I’m not going to tell anybody to buy Lisa Kahane‘s Do Not Give Way To Evil: Photographs of the South Bronx, 1979-1987 for any reason other than the fact it’s goddamn great. I don’t want to give too much away either […]

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The Music Director serenades: Just when ya’ll thought it was safe to go back into the water, strange things are happening all over again. First, our good friend and recent interviewee, Suzanne Wasserman, will be appearing at the Brooklyn Historical Society tonight and speaking briefly during an evening of film. The BHS is located at […]

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Red Hook dog about to jump off. It’s been a few years now since the canines of Gowanus roamed free but some days we miss them still. See mama bear and her three cubs lope down 3rd Avenue on a cold Autumn night; see those dark eyes watching you from the quiet of an empty […]

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And then went down to the ballot box. A mere week before Election Day, we conclude our interview with historian Philip Dray, author of Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through The Eyes Of The First Black Congressmen. As noted at the start of this series— see  Part I, Part II and Part III […]

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by Ernie Koy, Jr.  It’s a question that will face nearly every reporter if they hang around this dirty racket long enough: how do you write about a Legend? Especially when you go back like we do— way back, to the basketball & handball courts, the pizza parlors & lechoneras, the ominous stairwells & bachata […]

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OR, THE TRENCH COAT PUNK EPISODE How’re you gonna figure it? Me, Sammy Hines, once the sharpest, smartest cabbie in New York put out of commission by two young Broadway punks. Taken for a ride in my own hack. I just can’t get over it! A guy like me who’s lived all his life by […]

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Captain Koy explains: It happens a thousand times if it happens once during the summer months: you going anywhere this weekend, Koy? Some jokers mean well, some are busting balls. Either way, my answer’s the same: I’m already in the Bronx, where the fuck do I need to go? “Bookstore, homie?” The publisher— always looking […]

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