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And if ya’ll don’t believe me, here’s the proof— 100% Playground, accept no imitations, although if ya’ll are going to make a food run to Avenue L in between games of handball, please bring back some tasso,  a plate of grillot, a little fritaille, a half order of lambi if they’re cool with that, two […]

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So there’s this former Naval Air Station, in Brooklyn, called Floyd Bennett Field. Brian Berger’s relationship with the Floyd goes back nearly to the dawn of time, at least the early 1960s when his father, a native of Rockaway Beach, was stationed there as a member of the United States Navy Reserve. Young John Strausbaugh […]

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What do I know about Queens? Besides every goddamn splinter in the boardwalk between Beach 116th and Beach 88th streets, and the memory of the mysteries (to a little kid) of Spanish girls at Playland, not too much. If that’s still a little more than, say, a “neighborhood blogger,” well… I thought that all city […]

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BIG BROOKLYN FIRE Insect Killing Company’s Factory Burned— Gas Tanks Threatened The two-story frame factory of the Bowker Insecticide Company, at Smith and Huntington Streets, Brooklyn, was entirely destroyed by a fire which started in the engine room of the building last night. For a time it was thought that the shower of sparks would […]

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Chistine Haughney of the Times recently took the long ride (from pretty much everywhere but Marine Park and Broad Channel) out to Beach 116th Street in Rockaway and found it rather wanting. This is not a surprise. If, for aesthetic reasons, I happen to love that Rockaway isn’t boomtown, there are lots of Radio Days […]

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Special thanks to long-time reader Gamby Hale for her addition cum correction to Caz Dolowicz’s investigative prose poem from yesterday, “Who Killed Al Pastor?” Another question: why the hell did Caz skip the letter X? Fatigue? Forgetfulness? Evasion? I prefer not to speculate although those distraught by the omission can get right with Gamby in […]

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by the Pride of P.S. 207, Lizard: I can hear the jabbering from Gowanus already: “4011 Fillmore, is that even in Brooklyn?” No, schmuck, it’s a chapter from the real good book, ya’ll remember the passage, Fillmore 40:11: “And Louie said, fuck Christmas.” It didn’t matter that Louie sold the goddamn trees nearby at the […]

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Harry locked his mother in the closet. Street photographer, historian and journalist Brian Berger has other ways of getting what he needs but get it he will, for the nine to fivers, the brown baggers, the strap hangers, the working stiffs, the squares but mostly for ya’ll, in New Lots, Mill Basin and Mott Haven, […]

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OR, EAST NEW YORK TEST MATCH by Caz Dolowicz. Let’s keep this light, or at least not swerve unto our real feeling about Yankee Stadium (fuck it), George or Hank Steinbrenner (fuck them) or Rudy Giuliani, Mike Bloomberg and most of the City Council— fuck all ya’ll, hard, & without satisfying release for giving away […]

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Yes, yes, yes everyone makes mistakes & bloggers ain’t an exception (quite the opposite) but ya’ll know that already. What does it say about scholarship, however, when erstwhile “authoritative” sources perpetuate baseless urban legend? Take the case of Buttermilk Channel. According to more than one chronicler & lots of other yokels, the waters between Red […]

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