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Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Community Bookstore— 143 7th Ave, Park Slope— 7 pm— Can You Dig It? Just a final reminder that novelist L.J. Davis and his recent introducer, long-time friend Jonathan Lethem, will be together this evening— like Bo Diddley and Jerome, like B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland, like Morris Day and Jerome… One thing, however: I […]

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BIG BROOKLYN FIRE Insect Killing Company’s Factory Burned— Gas Tanks Threatened The two-story frame factory of the Bowker Insecticide Company, at Smith and Huntington Streets, Brooklyn, was entirely destroyed by a fire which started in the engine room of the building last night. For a time it was thought that the shower of sparks would […]

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Amber Tides: Now, right over here— this is the residential section. Caz Dolowicz: Oh, people live there, eh? Amber: No, that’s the stockyard. Now, all along here, this is the river front. And all along the river— all along the river, those are all levies. Caz: That’s the Jewish neighborhood? Amber: Well, we’ll Passover that. […]

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Once Upon A Time On Dean Street: L.J. Davis and Jonathan Lethem will be appearing at 7 pm next Tuesday, March 31, at the Community Bookstore, 143 7th Avenue in celebration of L.J.’s beautifully republished 1971 novel, A Meaningful Life. All living “brownstoners”— old and new, owners and renters, black, white and “Spanish,” as we […]

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I was all set to write up Caz Dolowicz’ Wild Kingdom today, including appearances by dolphins, manatees, blue herons, alligators, coyotes, pelicans, lizards, ibises, giant fucking toads and some of the other fauna I’ve become tight with while down here at WWIB Gulf of Mexico. That reverie will have to wait, however, as I direct […]

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Many old time politicians in Brooklyn, as well as others who by no possibility could be catalogued as such will sorrow to hear that King’s Hotel, a famous old hostelry at Canarsie Landing, is being torn down. Its place is to be taken by a more modern form of amusement, to be known as the […]

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Quite surprised— and gratified— by the response to yesterday’s post about Booker T. Washington’s February 22, 1903 address to the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, a more extended passage from “The Educational and Industrial Emancipation of the Afro-American” follows below. Although I’ve not yet read it, this seems an opportune time to  check out […]

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“The Brooklyn Speech of Booker T. Washington, delivered Feb. 22, before the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, has been published in pamphlet form, and there is a tremendous demand for it from all parts of the country. It is the best and most complete statement of the Negro’s case that has yet been given.”— […]

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“When his two years of junior college were over— all too soon— Coffin went to New York with his friend, Mayo Crockett, and never returned, thus shattering the dreams of the all the nice people who cherished such high hopes for him while simultaneously fulfilling, at least in part, the prophecy of those local sourpusses— […]

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Dateline Paradise, The Bronx. Writing about and even caring for the Bronx is a losing proposition but some people do it anyway. So few are the external rewards and recognition, it’s a pleasure to acknowledge those who are too smart and too goddamn honest to pretend the Bronx doesn’t matter. There is, of course, a […]

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