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In winter the ashen stucco houses shaped like Camel cigarette-boxes squat before the Bensonhurst bay-mist. Bensonhurst, low, flat, rheumatic marshland, is a realtor’s reclamation project. Many of the streets which may be compared to the booming oil cities of the Oklahoma country seem to have sprung up over night. The houses are a makeshift stage-setting […]

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In winter the ashen stucco houses shaped like Camel cigarette-boxes squat before the Bensonhurst bay-mist. Bensonhurst, low, flat, rheumatic marshland, is a realtor’s reclamation project. Many of the streets which may be compared to the booming oil cities of the Oklahoma country seem to have sprung up over night. The houses are a makeshift stage-setting […]

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In winter the ashen stucco houses shaped like Camel cigarette-boxes squat before the Bensonhurst bay-mist. Bensonhurst, low, flat, rheumatic marshland, is a realtor’s reclamation project. Many of the streets which may be compared to the booming oil cities of the Oklahoma country seem to have sprung up over night. The houses are a makeshift stage-setting […]

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This isn’t funny so try not to laugh: Flyers festoon the walls, lampposts, electrical boxes and kiosks of downtown Athens, GA, where the the pollen is also abundant. At first I thought this was a goof— wait, wait, Bandita was stolen?! But that’s because my Spanish is rusty and in fact, bandita is not a […]

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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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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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Everybody say sh’ma! In the midst of city, state and federal affairs of unpleasant tiding, there came this Sunday at least some good news. Suzanne Wasserman, historian and filmmaker, wrote a piece about her father, Edward, for the New York Times, “A Bensonhurst Boyhood, Unlocked At Last”. I might have more to say about family, […]

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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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by Caz Dolowicz. The things we do for love & mollusks! Truth be told ya’ll, I totally forgot it was almost Columbus Day when I felt a familiar stirring in my loins & thought, whoa— I could really go for some marzipan clams this afternoon with my coffee. So off to Bensonhurst I went, visions […]

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OR, A MAN NEEDS HIS HAT for Susan Tyrell & Curtis Cokes Caz Dolowicz has been there, man. They say it dates back to Lene Lenape times before there was a Brooklyn & before Kings County too. No Fort Hamilton, no Floyd Bennett, no two-fare zones, no factories; there was a St. Finbar (Feastday September […]

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