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Monthly Archive for January, 2008

… Before this came the relatively carefree days peddling Brooklyn dime bags to wimpy jazz musicians in the Village for $15. They were afraid to go into Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene or, God forbid, East New York. I wasn’t. Hell, I’d been living in those places two years earlier; those neighborhoods never gave me much […]

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why is he saying these terrible things about Centipede? an Albanian pizza man? a Boro Park tailor? a Canarsie courier? a Dominican ecstatic? an Ecuadorian mope? the oldest living Finn in Sunset Park? that guy on the G train who’ll argue we should speak of The Georgia as much as The Gambia? he who can’t […]

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BZA meets the BMT. Wildcat strikes, wilding incidents, “Wild Is The Wind”– Nina Simone only, please– as heard through the open windows of an all-black Bed-Stuy summertime circa 1976: hey, the kid’s been there. Many of ya’ll have been some places too & here’s another if you’re so inclined: The Wollman Auditorium at Cooper Union, […]

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Swan of Gravesend go into an Essex St parking garage only to discover Mister Mondo there! Mondo where? Mondo Manhattan! You mean that Chain Gang dude from the Bronx or Marble Hill or whatever the fuck? That’s him! Was anyone else there, were there any witnesses? Pet Peeve! Whaddya know about Pet Peeve? Magic… a […]

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Zyczymy Smacznego gets his Flatbush real gone: Erasmus was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me. Erasmus Hall? A little more. While Beadel Debevoise can extravagantly kung pao beef about what “a load” Bernard Malamud was (just ask her), as a food writer, I can’t give even half of her Windjammer […]

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Speaking of mounts and the line, had horses once been about two feet tall, in the dim past? Was this another fantasy proffered by lofty science? Were more scientists slightly perverted? Were chemists considered scientists? How so? What horses won the 1858 Kentucky Derby? The Preakness? The Belmont Stakes? Do horse players always die broke? […]

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is it Bedford Park? By the grace of BPL, BZA explains. While I write to ya’ll– my people, soul people– from the cozy confines of the Brooklyn Public Library here at 665 New Lots Ave, lingering issues remain up in the Boogie Down Bronx. (Lingerie issues on a 12 degree morning between Barbey & Schenck? […]

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the pain is gone, Scorpion proclaims. Whoa! What the hell happened? Looks like more than a few WWIB staff members got sucked into the time space vortex that is the Bronx & forgot to post their stories. If Ernie Koy, Jr. was sentient this morning, I am sure he could tell ya’ll this wasn’t the […]

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