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BZA with Greetings From Dunedin, Toad asks… huh? That must be Florida because Brooknam don’t shake like that, not at the Royal Rib House on Halsey, the Carolina Country Store on Atlantic or even Jimmy’s Luncheonette on E. 169th St up in the Boogie Down. What happened? The only thing I can figure is she […]

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a funny thing happened to Centipede on the way to The Blogidad tonight: First, New York Calling contributor and Brooklyn resident John Strausbaugh is now offering encyclicals to the good citizens of Sissy Nation here. Nobody For President is one sentiment but everybody should pile into their fave downtown or Flatbush dollar van on the […]

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My Name Is Archer, Toad Archer. From the bar at O’Neill’s, 64-31 53rd Drive & really, I defy anyone who didn’t grow up in central Queens to find the joint their first time without a map. Some of ya’ll have heard a lot lately about Maspeth– it’s the next something, I ain’t sure what, but […]

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playing chicken no more, says Swan: Whoa! Apostate truck burners in the new old Downtown BK? Hmmmm… interesting. If John Strausbaugh’s recent comments about the process of “benign ethnic cleansing” in Manhattan are true, what will folks say about the new new Downtown when it’s cleared of all but civil servants & students in the […]

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The Music Director presents… This Wednesday, October 24 at 7 pm, at the pride of the northside, Spoonbill & Sugartown, New York Calling contributors Luc Sante & Tim McLoughlin will be reading from & discussing their work, as will the Publisher of WWIB, Brooklyn historian, photographer & coffee enthusiast, Brian Berger. If ya’ll get there […]

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When I first hit town in 1977 as a wide-eyed refugee from Madison, Wisconsin, I found my new East Village neighbors perched on a sand hill in a trash strewn lot that had, only a year earlier, contained tenements. I was moving, with my girlfriend, Gretchen Van Dyk, into a railroad tenement next door to […]

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By the time Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped onto a stage crowded with supporters on election night in November 2005, the only question remaining about that day’s vote was the size of his victory. The communications tycoon had spent a staggering $80 million at that point, a casual splurge for a multibillionaire but one that crushed […]

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Doris from Marine Park writes: Longtime listener, first time correspondent– quick question: ever since WWIB entered the blog-o-sphere, I’ve noticed that some of your reporters seem to delight in taking shots at certain unnamed blogs & websites, especially those which cover real estate & “street art”– whatever the heck that is. (Do the San Cono […]

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There are, at last count, 544 websites devoted wholly or largely to Brooklyn real estate– it’s the sex, drugs and “indie rock” (sic) of a generation, albeit a generation that doesn’t know Mott Haven from New Lots, Midwood from Longwood, etc. Do New Dorp or Middle Village even exist? Somewhere, perhaps.* Likewise, somewhere in Brooklyn […]

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