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William Jay Gaynor, NYC Mayor 1910 to 1913, Has Been Forgotten, Along with His Statue

Written by C.J. Sullivan on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Walking through Cadman Plaza Park you can hear the steady buzz of traffic from the offramp of the Brooklyn Bridge. A black wrought-iron fence cuts off the northern portion of the park. This is where Brooklyn ends. Nearby is a forgotten marble and brass memorial. None of the parkgoers walking by stop to look, or [&hellip
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The Sporting Life: The Irish Bring Gaelic Football & Hurling to the Bronx

Written by C.J. Sullivan on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

When Irish athletes play their native games of Gaelic football and hurling, they tend to invoke the name of the Lord. Not in the sanctimonious way of some American competitors, who make a pious show of thanking Jesus for paying attention to their stupid little game. No, the Irish know God has more important things [&hellip
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The Good Doctor: A Queens Conspiratrix

Written by C.J. Sullivan on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

It was 6 p.m. on Thursday in an Arabic-speaking deli in Sunnyside, Queens. Neighborhood people were popping in to play Lotto. Commuters walked in, grabbing quarts of milk, cold cuts, cigarettes, other sundries before heading home. Into this scene strolled a middle-aged blonde. With a big smile and a booming voice she announced, "Would anyone [&hellip
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Still a Champ: 54-Year-Old Saoul Mamby Wants Another Chance at a Boxing Title

Written by C.J. Sullivan on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Saoul Mamby still has the dreams of his youth. He wants to box for a world championship. This has some of his friends worried. They still think he’s a badass and can handle himself in the ring. It’s just that at 54 years of age they think Mamby is fooling himself. Time is cruel to [&hellip
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Missing/Murdered: The Search Continues for Brooklyn’s Kristine Kupka

Written by C.J. Sullivan on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

On the morning of Oct. 24, 1998, Kristine Kupka telephoned her sister Kathy to let her know that she was meeting her boyfriend, Rudy Persaud. She was going to help him clean out a Brooklyn apartment he had recently rented. "Boyfriend" was a relative term; Kupka and Persaud were having some problems. That morning Kupka [&hellip
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The Ecstasy and the Agony: Drug-Runners Screw Up in Queens

Written by C.J. Sullivan on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

In a nice switch, some foolishly enterprising residents of the eternally square borough of Queens not long ago decided to become major suppliers of ecstasy to New York City hipsters. Now–facing some serious jail time–they’re probably wishing they’d left the whole thing to the desperate drug mules and pink-haired college kids.This is how it went [&hellip
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