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Many old time politicians in Brooklyn, as well as others who by no possibility could be catalogued as such will sorrow to hear that King’s Hotel, a famous old hostelry at Canarsie Landing, is being torn down. Its place is to be taken by a more modern form of amusement, to be known as the […]

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Sam Phillips wasn’t looking for Elvis Presley when the young singer started visiting the Memphis Recording Service in 1953 but he was smart enough to keep his ears open and  by July of the following year— when Sun Records released “That’s All Right Mama”— the course of American history was set to change. I’m not […]

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Why and what’s the reason for? Caz Dolowicz speculates. An Albanian pizza man in Astoria? A Boro Park bicylist? A Canarsie courier? A Dominican ecstatic? An Ecuadorian mope? The oldest living Finn in Sunset Park? That guy on the G train who argues we should refer  to The Georgia as we do the Gambia or […]

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Comics, before they are permitted to pass into camp ground— I think to some extent of W.C. Fields and Lenny Bruce— must suffer a sea change. Despair is downgraded to aggravation, madness is misread as eccentricity; and when from the extremes of alienation they rage and rail at us we hear or choose to hear […]

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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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Armond White is a funny guy. That Armond’s excellent sense of humor isn’t often noted when people discuss his criticism doesn’t make his wit any less bracing. Of course, I don’t agree with everything Armond asserts— who could?— but still, it’s always strongly—sometimes strangely— argued, challenging and reverential of a life of the mind. As […]

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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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by Mrs. Manicotti (ASC) It should happen more often than it does but once in a while you find brilliance when you’re not really looking for it. Take Suzanne Wasserman, Director of the Gotham History Center of New York City, for example. While the name sounded familiar, when Brian Berger first mentioned it to me, […]

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From the pasture to the pulpit. The Sisters at the orphanage said “God moves in mysterious ways” but who, pray tell, does the moving for God? Back when I was living in Sunset Park and studying photography at the Art Students League, I worked part time for a Greek guy my old man knew from […]

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by Beadel Debevoise. Just a quick head’s up on a couple recent titles that should interest  many  readers. First, straight out of Adelaide via London comes Peter Bishop‘s Bridge (no relation to Hart Crane), a meditation on the architecture & social meaning of said objects which features a couple color photographs by none other than […]

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