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Monthly Archive for March, 2008

“You lookin’ to get in? You gotta expect trouble.” “I dig,” deadpans our teenage leading lady Terry Fiore (Diane Conti). Trouble then starts on the double. Within a day of moving to waterfront Brooklyn—it’s not clear where, although Fulton Ferry or Brooklyn Heights are most likely—ex-Manhattanite Terry Fiore claws her way into local teenage gang, […]

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The Music Director brings that back beat: The argument continues to this day: is Group Home’s 1995 album Livin’ Proof (1995) DJ Premiere’s greatest album-length production with– ironically– the weakest or perhaps just most unique MCs he ever spent that much time with? Whatever happened– & what didn’t– between Primo, Lil’ Dap & Melachi (they […]

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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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Angry M.F. Fisher gives it to ya’ll riggy diggy raw: Sometimes it’s just too easy, which doesn’t mean it ain’t still fun. Smith Street between 1st Place & Schemerhorn? Hardly any fun, at least since it turned into just about the most loathsome dogshit “shopping district” in Brooklyn history. Looking at my coochie it’s about […]

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Toad is among the mourners: Bad news, bad news come to me where I sleep: the fencing is up & it appears all the buildings at 185 Third Avenue will soon be torn down. Why? Oh, we’ll get to that but for the time it still stands, let us recognize the life one of WWIB’s […]

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Simon’s biological clock is mainsprung. The sun arc-lamps his third– or will it be his fourth?– morning today. Frail rain falls. Vandam Street has taken early Autumn leaves to itself: each shines like a still-wet decal. Aromas are leavened out of porous concrete. Simon had been walking all night: to Manhattan’s bow and then back […]

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Diagnosis by BZA: Have ya’ll heard the news? There’s good blogging tonight! Where? It could be many places– the streets of Brooklyn, most of ‘em anyway, are still free– but it probably ain’t. Last August 18, it was Found In Brooklyn who had the rebop. It was a good story, nothing crazy (although there’s not […]

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Guest correspondent Caz Dolowicz remembers, sorta: It goddamn kills me to get calls like this: they took Rafael Tufiño. Who? The kid from Bridge Street– there aren’t too many of us old-timers left. He was an artist, I went to work for the IND after the war. Now we’re both here again– Rafael! Willie Sutton […]

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In Brooklyn we spell it Toad (motherfucker). Seems like it’s been a minute or three but Neil deMause is back on the streets for the Village Voice; peep his trip to Coney Island this weekend here. Special props to Richard Tagliatoro of Washington Heights who said “And they need more roller coasters,” adding that he […]

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How can you beat a spoof on a mob war written by Jimmy Breslin, shot on the streets of South Brooklyn in 1971 starring Herve Villechaize, Robert DeNiro, Jerry Ohrbach and a live lion? Breslin had his own personal experiences with this thing of ours and, for whatever reason, decided to pen the satirical The […]

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