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thunderbolt triumphasIn Brooklyn we spell it Toad (motherfucker). Seems like it’s been a minute or three but Neil deMause is back on the streets for the Village Voice; peep his trip to Coney Island this weekend here. Special props to Richard Tagliatoro of Washington Heights who said “And they need more roller coasters,” adding that he was “still pissed off at Giuliani for tearing down the Thunderbolt.” Ain’t we all, Brother, ain’t we all! As it was written by The Publisher, then of Gowanus (today of Gravesend), in his chronology for New York Calling:

2000: Bloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg switches parties, from Democrat to Republican– 26-year-old Patrick Dorismond of Brooklyn is shot to death by undercover police outside a Hell’s Kitchen bar; the City later pays $2.25 million to settle wrongful death lawsuit– Thunderbolt rollercoaster at Coney Island razed by the City under highly suspicious circumstances– despite protest, parts of the City are again sprayed with pesticides– Bernard Kerik named Police Commissioner– Tito Puente dies– Brooklyn-native Darren Aronofsky’s film version of Hubert Selby Jr.’s Requiem For A Dream– 673 murders.

Berenice “The Abbott”/BZA asks: where were der real estate dupes– I mean bloggers du jour– in der millennial year of our most loathed former Mayor above? Whatever their answer, seventeen autumns prior, Young Toad points the lens southwest from the 8th floor terrace of his Lativan Aunt’s Trump Village apartment. Ecstatic, he feels the world on the edge of obliteration.

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