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Angry Blacks Meet Genteel Whites In Brooklyn Heights

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Who’d have thought that as we storm into the 21st century, the intersection of white upper-middle-class liberals and aggrieved blacks could remain so wretchedly amusing? Last Wednesday night, at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights, a "Community Forum on Police Brutality and Racial Profiling" occurred, which means that the Unitarians of the world assembled [&hellip
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Old Leshko’s, New Leshko’s in the East Village

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Boyzone Leshko’s 111 Ave. A (7th St.), 777-2111 But the establishment’s reconfiguration has me thinking about the old Leshko’s. Like, say, Barry Goldwater, that gnarly establishment’s the more lovable the more it’s receded into history. Actually, the old Leshko’s was a phenomenon: a restaurant that competed with 2nd Ave.’s Kiev Restaurant for a sort of [&hellip
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Alan Keyes in the Basement

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

"Yo, Alan Keyes–Christian right representin’." "Word. Muthafuckas comin’ out for that muthafucka." "Meetin’ America’s moral challenge an’ shit." "He talkin’ ’bout moral revival in America. An’ he talkin’ about GATT, son." "Everything he say is on point." "Shit." Handshakes all around, and then they dispersed into the Upper East Side night to return to Park [&hellip
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Pig’s Blood and Entrails: The Joys of Black Pudding

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Black Pudding In Jersey Black puddings on our plates here at the Argyle Restaurant in Kearny, NJ, a working-class town made for February. The Argyle opened in this sooty and heavily Scottish municipality in 1952, and the establishment appears its age. Water stains mar the foam-tiled ceilings and the vinegar bottles are caked with fingerprints, [&hellip
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Hudson Valley Ruined: Breaking and Entering in a Lost America

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

At the end of 1999, the hobbits of the Hudson Valley beamed messages at my brain.    It’s amazing how one minute you’re nowhere, or as good as nowhere, riding your bicycle in Brooklyn on the path underneath the Verrazano Bridge, as the year dribbles away and the December afternoon falls off into darkness–and then with [&hellip
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The Working Families Party Sucks Up to Hillary

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

That so? Funny, then, the enthusiasm his party evinced for Hillary Clinton, last Thursday in the midtown drear of the Sheraton New York, deep in its ballroom bowels–the carpets as mud-toned as the light as the crowd weathers the weird time frame of a political event, packed in here far from the sun. Endless waiting–and [&hellip
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Clinton St. Musings: Blight, Surveillance & Fresh Food

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Clinton St. Musings Cities into the midst of which I’ve had my face shoved:   Lvov is what I’m thinking of now, that Austro-Hungarian jewelbox of a town in western Ukraine, a half-day’s train ride from the Slovak border, rotting now–as it has for almost a decade–into a post-Soviet torpor and morbidity. Lvov’s a stoned Prague, track-marked [&hellip
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