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Fat City, Canarsie

OR, A MAN NEEDS HIS HAT
for Susan Tyrell & Curtis Cokes

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Caz Dolowicz has been there, man. They say it dates back to Lene Lenape times before there was a Brooklyn & before Kings County too. No Fort Hamilton, no Floyd Bennett, no two-fare zones, no factories; there was a St. Finbar (Feastday September 25) but he didn’t have a school, a flea market or find your best friend and your first cousin making out in the Bath Avenue Casa Calamari still in their Catholic School uniforms. Kids!! I was one too, of course, & older than that is la cucaracha, & Canarsie. Canarsie? Ya’ll have read it here often: Canarsie in song; Canarsie in literature; Canarsie for Christmas & below, Canarsie in hats. Canarsie & Kevin Walsh? You bet! Not for the first time, nor the last, the beloved Webmaster of Forgotten New York has ventured forth unto the holy Rockaway Ave, Glenwood Road, Varkens Hook & even the mighty Jerry Building. The Sisters at the orphanage said, “God moves in mysterious ways.” Others, including myself, heard it as “The Irresistible Lure of Canarsie.”

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Caz Dolowicz was born on Sands Street in 1923. Like others of his stature, he wears a pearl-gray homburg.

Gowanus: OPEN XXX YOUR EYES!!! David Freedlander of AM New York explains why. — Brian Berger, editor of Kevin Walsh’s “Everyone & Everything in Queens,” from New York Calling: From Blackout To Bloomberg.

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