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Monthly Archive for October, 2008

And then went down to the ballot box. A mere week before Election Day, we conclude our interview with historian Philip Dray, author of Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through The Eyes Of The First Black Congressmen. As noted at the start of this series— see  Part I, Part II and Part III […]

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by Caz Dolowicz. I thought I’d seen a lot in my 85 years & yeah, I know I have. But this isn’t the place for a New York history lesson— for that try New York Calling, & tell ‘em Old Caz sent you. The great Tom Robbins of the Village Voice has a piece there […]

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Before our epic interview with historian Philip Dray continues— please review Part I and Part II at your leisure— I’d like to clarify a few things. The reason we are talking about Reconstruction is precisely because it’s so unfamiliar. Here in Brooklyn, if you have ever wondered what happened to Weeksville or  the first black […]

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“His complexion is hybrid; his hair ditto; his mouth disproportionately large, as compared with his stomach; his neck short; but his head round, compact, and betokening a solid understanding.” — Herman Melville,  from “The ‘Gees” Before continuing our interview with Philip Dray, author of Capitol Men, I’d like to make clear the above is satire. The […]

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“The proposition to put Negroes on a footing of political equality with white men is repugnant to the sense of the American people. They will never consent to share the profound title of ‘American citizen’ with an inferior and abject race.” — Theophilus C. Callicot, New York State Assemblyman from Kings County, 1860 It wasn’t planned […]

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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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by Ernie Koy, Jr.  It’s a question that will face nearly every reporter if they hang around this dirty racket long enough: how do you write about a Legend? Especially when you go back like we do— way back, to the basketball & handball courts, the pizza parlors & lechoneras, the ominous stairwells & bachata […]

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“America became aware of the Bronx in 1927 when one of the first talking movies became a nationwide sensation. In that film,The Jazz Singer, Al Jolson got down on his knees and promised his Jewish mother that he would move her out of her cold-water flat in congested Lower Manhattan and up to a spacious […]

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by Mrs. Manicotti (ASC). As a preview to the long awaited one-on-one with the Wild Tales From The Police Blotter author C.J. Sullivan, WWIB is proud to present a brief video of the great man reading one hot summer night down in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The camera person, who shall remain nameless, walked & was […]

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