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Monthly Archive for August, 2008

… is she saying these things about WWIB? Angry M.F. Fisher investigates. Trini to the bone I’m not. As a food writer of mixed Scots, Basque & Latvian heritage, I love the whole of New York City’s West Indian diaspora equally but— following up a recent comment by reader Amy— today I’ll speak about kindness, […]

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Junius Van Sinderen cleans up the mess. Greetings, blog people. Due to circumstances beyond the control of mere Ombudsman & Mrs. Manicotti’s cats (Mango, Percy & Kingfish) alike, some nations were accidentally excluded from Brian Berger’s Mighty Sparrow Appreciation & West Indian Day Parade preview post yesterday. Foremost among these was Grenada, one-time vacation spot […]

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streets are watching. The Publisher peeks too. The signs— & the flags— are all around us. They come from Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Bahamas. In Haiti & Brooklyn too they speak Creole or French. On Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights where Panama still runs the game, it might be […]

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by guest correspondent, Mrs. Manicotti. It’s a tale of two cities—three really— told with allspice, curry & … airhorns. Airhorns? Honk! Honk! Honk! While nine out of ten WWIB correspondents were at 1) Rockaway Beach 2) a Mott Haven block party 3) reenacting the Peach War at Old Town Park on Staten Island, I, along […]

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Beadel Debevoise gives a cheer! Greenpointers is the realness. That might sound like a simple declaration & perhaps once it was. With the exception of a certain type of Brooklyn Heights resident, nearly all of BK was the realness: we couldn’t escape it, we didn’t want to. “The City”— not yet denuded of useful menace, […]

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Berenice “The Abbott”/BZA gets all spiritual & shit: As we prepare for the imminent announcement of WWIB’s first “Blogger of the Month” (+ interview), please let me draw Brooklynites attention over to Freddy’s which, appearances to the contrary, is still open. Should ya’ll be anywhere within a three mile radius of Dean Street & 6th […]

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Angry M.F. Fisher celebrated… con besos! Puerto Ricans? Dominicans? Friends? Rivals? The answer is both but it doesn’t seem the question is asked much anymore. I’m not sure why that is— maybe folks are afraid it would slow the ethnic cleansing, although that presumes more than a few people outside the community even care in […]

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Captain Koy explains: It happens a thousand times if it happens once during the summer months: you going anywhere this weekend, Koy? Some jokers mean well, some are busting balls. Either way, my answer’s the same: I’m already in the Bronx, where the fuck do I need to go? “Bookstore, homie?” The publisher— always looking […]

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Mrs. Manicotti (ASC) makes her funk B.T. funk. What’s up ya’ll? I grew up in Red Hook so when I heard Bob Dylan was playing Prospect Park the other night, I just laughed. Would he play the Red Hook crime saga, “Joey”? Would he play anything from Street Legal, the 1978 album dedicated to Brooklyn-native […]

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Berenice “The Abbott”/BZA says… But Bingo! Funny to already hear the excuses for Bob Dylan’s predictably jive performance at Prospect Park. Did any of ya’ll really expect more or better? Such are the wages of naivety, & not calling bullshit on cynical buskers & simp bloggers alike. On the good foot, & in funky memory […]

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