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George Cain: Blueschild Baby

The similarities between authors Jim Carroll and George Cain seem obvious from a cursory example of their backgrounds. Both Carroll and Cain grew up in New York City during the 60’s, were high school basketball stars, and became junkies soon after. Both … Continue reading

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Pinball in NYC

David Johanson, Lenny Kaye, Dee Dee Ramone, and Andy Paley play pinball at CBGB’s in 1977.  Photo by Bob Gruen. Records and pinball are two things I love that make me feel older than I am, because I am just … Continue reading

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Chinatown Buses: A History

I first took a Chinatown bus to Boston back in 2000. A friend had told me to just walk under the Manhattan Bridge, near East Broadway, and look for the buses. I can’t remember which company it was, but a … Continue reading

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(Black) FLAG @ Irving Plaza

First, some quick background. Black Flag were an American hardcore punk band that was active between 1976-1986. Their main songwriter and only constant member was guitar player Greg Ginn. They went through a succession of lead singers in their early … Continue reading

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NYC History Pt 3: The Jerky Boys

I guess this isn’t really a “NYC History” post, as much as it’s another one of my “let me tell you about life before the internet” posts. The Jerky Boys are two goofballs from Astoria, Queens named Johnny Brennan and … Continue reading

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NYC History Pt 2: Carbona

“Ran out of Carbona, Mom threw out the glue, ran out of paint and roach spray, too”  This list of inhalants, courtesy of The Ramones, is from the song “Carbona, Not Glue,” from their second album Ramones Leave Home, released in … Continue reading

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NYC History: the 007 Knife

The 007 knife is an embodiment of New York City’s decline in the 1970’s. The more you read of the street life in that era of the city’s history, the more you come across the 007 knife. As far as … Continue reading

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