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Ignorant of the ways of publicity and chance alike, I’m unsure how these things happen but HiLoBrow.com has just been named by Time magazine’s Best Blogs of the Year . I could make up some things but not that! We’ve been meaning to catch up with WWIB’s  recently elusive publisher, Brian Berger, who doesn’t answer the phone, […]

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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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Quite surprised— and gratified— by the response to yesterday’s post about Booker T. Washington’s February 22, 1903 address to the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, a more extended passage from “The Educational and Industrial Emancipation of the Afro-American” follows below. Although I’ve not yet read it, this seems an opportune time to  check out […]

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Caz Dolowicz explains: Greetings from a secret location in Pinellas County, Florida, where I keep my winter quarters and where from, today, I’d like to introduce the new staff of Who Walk In Brooklyn. Over the weeks, months and years to (is a preposition) come (is a verb), I hope all of them will become […]

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A Crispus Attucks Week Encore Presentation. Reproduced at left is  the list, taken by Captain Francis Titus, of the slaves of Bushwick in 1755; slavery would continue in Brooklyn until July 4, 1827. It’s  interesting to note that in most accounts of slavery in New York, the names of the  chattel are rarely given. Such […]

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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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Junius Van Sinderen, he’s a winner too: Not flaxen, not wool gathering & surely not waiting one cotton pickin’ minute longer to give ya’ll the Brooklyn historic scoop, I’d like to draw  folks’ attention to the latest review of Philip Dray’s Capitol Men because wow, it’s a “doozy” as Herodotus might have said, if only […]

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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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Transportation Editor Swan shoots… & scores!! Sorta. I don’t know where ya’ll were yesterday but I started the game out at Utica & Eastern Parkway, which was also a staging area for some of the West Indian Day Parade marchers who are also in law enforcement. Due to various unforeseen circumstances (including lost, broken & […]

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Berenice “The Abbott”/BZA breaks it down. All across the Brooklyn black belt (if you gotta ask… we can talk about it another time) the excitement is so thick in the air you can taste it. Tastes like jerk chicken? Often, yes, but not always. The Haitians have their goat, & once this clown over on […]

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