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In Spite of the Devil: Spuyten Duyvil and the Lost World of Marble Hill

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

In the Dutch of the area’s eventual settlers, that portion of the Harlem River became known as Spuyten Duyvil, variously translated as "the devil’s spout" or "in spite of the devil"–the former on account of the gushing fresh waters that poured into the creek from a fountain near the shore, the latter after a local [&hellip
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A Brooklyn Teacher Who Keeps Track of Vampires

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

I recently talked with Held, 50, who, with his training as a speech teacher, speaks in a painstakingly refined voice that almost sounds as if there were something Eastern European about it. I asked him how an apparently mild-mannered teacher ever got involved with vampires. "It started when I began teaching at Samuel J. Tilden [&hellip
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Grand Concourse Solitaire: Adrift at the Andrew Freedman Home for Older Adults

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

One of the Bronx’s most majestic buildings is the blocklong mansion known as the Andrew Freedman Home for Older Adults. Set back from the Grand Concourse between 166th St. and McClellan St., the place was opened in 1924, with an endowment from the estate of the deceased capitalist Andrew Freedman. Freedman’s will stipulated that the [&hellip
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Terror in Woodside, Queens

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

Then, on Aug. 22, without much fanfare or media attention, 19-year-old Jamie Oliveira of Queens was arrested for rape, kidnapping and sexual assault in connection with two separate incidents in Woodside, on July 9 and Aug. 6, for which the police had suspected Vicuna. It is believed that Oliveira–like Vicuna–was using a dark four-door sedan [&hellip
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