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Sands Street runs through lower Brooklyn like a varicose vein. It leads from the main gate of the Navy Yard to the subway stations. It is a tough, knotted street of saloons, laundries, tattoo parlors, dry cleaners, groceries, Coffee Pots, and lodgings. Its stores sell clothes, trinkets, watches, photographs, and anything else to snatch a […]

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Douglass’ advocacy of slave revolt was a view shared much more widely among black than among white abolitionists. In 1856, Lewis Tappan became alarmed at Douglass’ “vengeance is mine” attitude toward slaveholders. “In your speeches and in your paper,” Tappan complained, “you advocate the slaughter of slaveholders. I cannot go with you.” He accused the […]

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The gods were seated near to Zeus in council upon a golden floor. Graciously Hebe served them nectar, as with cups of gold they toasted one another, looking down toward the stronghold of Ilium. — The Iliad by Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald ‘Don’t bother to heat the wine for me,’ said Bao-yu. ‘I prefer […]

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Arnold Schoenberg was from from Vienna but later moved to Los Angeles, with stops in Berlin, Paris, Boston and New York in between. Caz Dolowicz was from Sands Street, but later moved to Bay Ridge, with a few years in Crown Heights, Flatbush and Marine Park in between. Arnold Schoenberg was born Jewish in 1874, […]

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If I could be you and you could be me for just one hour; if we could find a way to get inside each other’s mind; if you could see me through your eyes instead of your ego; I believe you’d be surprised to see that you’d been blind. Walk a mile in my shoes, […]

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Post-apocalyptic? No. This is an apocalyptic posting! Like the smoldering heap of boundary stones marking novelist Jim Knipfel’s Park Slope Liebestod; like Combat Jack’s review of Brendan I. Koerner’s Now The Hell Will Start: One Soldier’s Flight From Greatest Manhunt of World War II, which sounds a lot more interesting than those rightly wary of […]

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HELLO! THERE, SEA SERPENT! A Brooklyn Man Says He Is Confident He Met One While Fishing Mr. M.A. Russell, of 188 Bridge street, says that he and two companions, while fishing on Sunday, about 7 A.M., off Long Beach, saw a sea serpent. There were on the boat at the time a dozen bottles of […]

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McNALLY CASE AT STANDSTILL Police Admit They Have Run Down Every Clue Without Reaching a Solution of the Mysterious Brooklyn Murder The mystery surrounding the murder of saloonkeeper Frank McNally of No. 104 Park Avenue, Brooklyn is as far from solution as ever. Today Capt. Toole of the Flushing Avenue station authorised this statement: “We […]

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Keynote address by Caz Dolowicz You lack the minerals & vitamins, irons & the niacin Fuck who that I offend— bloggers sit back, I’m about to begin About foul talk you squawk, never even walked the walk More or less destined to get tested, never been arrested My posting will manifest many things that I […]

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Jason Cohen is what Grammy Hall would call a real Jew. Time was, that wouldn’t have been a big deal, at least not in Brooklyn; the place was full of ‘em! Cohen even lived in his mother’s ancestral homeland of Midwood for a couple years in the early-1990s— Midwood! And let me tell ya’ll, Midwood […]

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