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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

HOW THE RIOT STARTED Somebody Threw A Cucumber and It Struck an Italian Then there was a Rain of Paving Stones on Myrtle Avenue, and the Row Did Not Cease Until a Wagon Load of Police Interfered Two parties of laborers were at work on Myrtle Avenue near Ryerson street yesterday afternoon. One of the […]

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One of America’s greatest public historians, Philip Dray has been in some unusual places but none more unusual than this: seated in an orange dinghy just launched from the Bay Ridge shore and headed for… the wine dark sea? For Staten Island? “No, no, no” the oarsman, Brian Berger, assures me. “Fort Lafayette!” All I saw […]

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In winter the ashen stucco houses shaped like Camel cigarette-boxes squat before the Bensonhurst bay-mist. Bensonhurst, low, flat, rheumatic marshland, is a realtor’s reclamation project. Many of the streets which may be compared to the booming oil cities of the Oklahoma country seem to have sprung up over night. The houses are a makeshift stage-setting […]

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