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Category Archive for 'Brighton Beach'

Swan’s signs of the vernacular: ya’ll don’t have to read ‘em but life is a lot funnier if you do. For now, let’s just say that somewhere in Kings County— it could be Vanderbilt Avenue, it could be Van Brunt Street, it could be Varkens Hook— the Brooklyn Department of Transportation (BDOT) has begun talking […]

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by Zincsmith Billiard: They came to West 5th Street from the Bronx & Rockaway, Yonkers & many parts of Brooklyn too. There was, to this reporter’s eyes, not a single real estate blogger amongst them— none from Gowanus, none from Gravesend, none from Gerritsen Beach; none from Bay Ridge, none from Bayside, Queens & certainly […]

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Zincsmith Billiard, in haste: Morning ya’ll, a quickie before I head out to Coney Island for the handball tournament, where the great Satish Jagnandan is still killin’ it. Anyhow, I stopped in the WWIB offices here in Gravesend to hit the petty cash drawer & noticed an envelope had been slipped under the door addressed […]

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“Why can’t I be God?” That’s what Clarence Hillier— played by the brilliant Timothy Carey, who also wrote and directed— asks his wife before throwing himself into the fire pit of rock & roll in the Brooklyn-native’s elusive 1962 cult classic, The World’s Greatest Sinner. Clarence was already showing signs of eccentricity before this proclamation […]

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The Music Director gives the drummer some: It could have been KRS-One at the East River Bandshell but woop! woop! it’s still Manhattan so we weren’t there & the truth, baby: Beat Street kills Wild Style. It could have been (But Dad It’s) Smokey Robinson at Asser Levy Park but on the real: I mostly […]

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Caz Dolowicz looks forward it: Ya’ll know Old Timer’s Day, right? Right?! Well, maybe you have to be an old-timer to care, since it seems approximately none of the other news sources with the ancient South Brooklyn name of Gowanus within their purview have ever noticed. The divides— chasms, really— of class, culture & ethnicity […]

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Drunk on Albemarle. Drunk on Bond Street. Drunk on Cortelyou. Drunk in Ditmas Park. Drunk on Evergreen— Bushwick stand up! Drunk on Force Tube. Drunk in Gravesend. Drunk on Hinsdale. Drunk on India Street. Drunk on Jamaica Ave. Drunk in Kensington (they will get the services their property values demand). Drunk on Avenue L (the […]

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Toad remembers: First they took Swedish-Kansan beauty Inger Stevens, in 1970. Or, rather, she took herself: suicide– pills– at the age of 35. Czech-born Stefan Ihnat is still missed: felled by a bum ticker at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, he was 37. Henry Fonda’s 77-year old-heart crapped out for good in 1982. Four months […]

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Berenice (“The Abbott”)/BZA was there: Video artist, bar manager and anti-Eminent Domain activist Donald O’Finn is many things to many people. Beginning this Saturday, he’s also de facto host of the Found In Brooklyn art show and rock concert at Freddy’s Bar & Backroom. (Lisanne McTernan, the Don Kirshner of Bond St, is curator.) My […]

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canarsie’s fine the sun shines most of the time & the feeling is laid back palm trees grow & rents are low but you know i keep thinking about making my way back well i’m brighton beach born & raised but nowadays i’m lost between two shores canarsie’s home but it ain’t mine brighton’s mine […]

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