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Category Archive for 'Rockaways'

Amber Tides: Now, right over here— this is the residential section. Caz Dolowicz: Oh, people live there, eh? Amber: No, that’s the stockyard. Now, all along here, this is the river front. And all along the river— all along the river, those are all levies. Caz: That’s the Jewish neighborhood? Amber: Well, we’ll Passover that. […]

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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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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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As a pendant to Crispus Attucks Week, WWIB offers the following story about Skip James, a black man who wasn’t going out like that, and also the gentle suggestion that, if finances allow, some of ya’ll donate to radio station WFMU, one of the panoply of things that made 1980s NYC such a cultural hotspot. […]

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In anticipation of the April release of Jim Knipfel‘s latest novel, the terrific dystopic comedy Unplugging Philco (Simon & Schuster), I’m delighted, again, to direct readers to WWIB’s first interview with Jim. A second conversation with the author is forthcoming closer to the publication date, although there’s still  quite a controversy over whether the octogenarian […]

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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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 “BILL BAILEY” WAS BARRED With “Annie Moore” He Was Placed Under Ban at Bushwick Club Big Vaudeville Show Former Judge Samuel D. Morris was a specially invited guest at the Bushwick Club, corner of Bushwick Avenue and Hart street last night, the occasion being a vaudeville performance given to the women friends and relatives of […]

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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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Father Sullivan gnawed his wrists like a puppy. He punched his knee ten times, felt nothing. He went form mirror to mirror, tracking the scent of himself. This room, his home, had forgotten him, as missionaries must be forgotten. In his lap he held the chain from the dumbwaiter. The links were rectangular. He cleaned […]

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