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Monthly Archive for July, 2008

Caz Dolowicz was there. They say it dates back to the Algonquin 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 25) but he didn’t have a school, a flea market or find your best […]

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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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Angry M.F. Fisher, Food Writer, bites in. Beach season? It always is, dude, it always is, although I know not everyone sees it that way. But the surfers, the old folks, the sea birds, the photographers & of course the food writers— we’re there when we need to be there, which could be any time, […]

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by Berenice “The Abbott”/BZA: Serious crime scenes are some sobering shit & I wasn’t even drunk yet. In fact, I was damn near dehydrated, an unexpected part of my plan to walk all of Liberty Avenue in BK, starting at City Line & heading west. I was about to hit the bodega for water & […]

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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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“By the turn of the century, Fort Greene entered into a new stage of development. The real estate maps reveal a change in the type of building going on, as they show brownstones giving way to multi-story and commercial structures. As early as 1893 the Hotel San Carlos at 69 South Oxford Street appears on […]

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“Little is known about Fort Greene’s first black population. There must have been blacks in this vicinity as early as 1847, when Colored School #1 was built. Seth Scheiner in Negro Mecca: A History of the Negro in New York, 1865-1920 writes that by 1860 the black population of Brooklyn was concentrated in two communities, […]

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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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Dear Sirs (BZA, Beadel, Angry M.F. & Lorraine Otsego too), As a lifelong Brooklynite, I thought I’d “seen it all.” Did a lot of it too, in my younger days. Taxi-dancing, the numbers, after-hours joints— you-name-it, really. I dropped acid when it was legal and in 1970 I saw the Grateful Dead four nights running […]

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