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Smokestacks over Greenpoint’s Little Poland

Written by Andrew Baker on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Let’s say you’re Polish and that you fled Soviet oppression in the early 80s and settled, like Polish immigrants before you, in and around Brooklyn’s Greenpoint. Since then, New York has not made you rich and powerful, not in any sense current or demotic. Still, you’ve made the most of the opportunity. You’ve enjoyed the [&hellip
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Paid Per View: On the Net, Sex Is Recession-Proof

Written by Andrew Baker on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Jay Servidio is a ringer for Matthew Broderick. Behind the sleepy eyes, under the puffy part, the fecund mind of a Ferris Bueller: "Listen, if more parents were at home running adult websites, maybe their children’s tension needs would be met. Maybe these Santee-Columbine shootings wouldn’t be happening." In the driving rain. Polo buttondown. Pleated [&hellip
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Tongues of Fire: Pentecostals of the Lower East Side

Written by Andrew Baker on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Pentecostals of the Lower East Side   I see her on the streets. Shy, young Latina–familiar. Maybe 14. Knock-kneed, with deep dimples and slow, rippling brown hair halfway to her hips. Tonight, she wears a yellow dress. She sits bolt upright with hands folded, her eyes peeled on the bald man who paces–practically jogs–across the [&hellip
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Slack Paris: La Vie Gangsta in the City of Darkness

Written by Andrew Baker on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Slack Paris La Vie Gangsta in the City of Darkness On the citybound RER train you’re tit-to-tit with a burly African who’s just sparked up one of those hash-’n’-tabac rollups of which Europe is so fond. As he exhales and passes the joint to his friend, a chant of "Zi-Zou! Zi-Zou!" rises up–allegiance to Zinedine [&hellip
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Bombing Southern Mexico by Motorbike

Written by Andrew Baker on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Cows of the Autopista Bombing Southern Mexico by Motorbike We were screaming down the Pan-American Highway 200 klicks south of Mexico City when Christ appeared. One minute we were buzzing through fields of candelabra cactus and the next minute these crude, steeple-shaped boxes started popping up. They contained lit candles and neon-colored crucifixes and stood [&hellip
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