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Old Dan Tucker

February 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Fiction, Secrets of NYC, Stories

(Original Jim Crow) In the eyes of the men in the brass band I could see they were smiling. They did their best to play “Jump Jim Crow” and paid little mind to the black-faced minstrel singer named old Dan Tucker. He kept coming close to knocking into them. Dancing so crazed, he looked like a fighting cock. I guzzled another glass of spiced rum, and […]

House of Laughter

February 1, 2013 by  
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(Voorlezer’s House – Photo/photoshopped by Joe – Orig. below) I had my feet up on the couch in front of our *50″ LG plasma TV, because that’s what I like to do. On the TV was Guy Fieri, lapping at his digits, while his eyes bulged as big as doughnuts as he tore into a monster burger and tried […]

Surviving the Night

December 31, 2012 by  
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(Rose and Crown Tavern in New Dorp, 1665-1854 – Photoshopped by Joe – *Orig. below) I was roaring drunk as Minna pulled me by the hand through the crowded tavern. Along with the proprietor and his wife behind the bar, we were the only ones in motion. Yet quick-moving shadows peeled up and kept disappearing from the walls. I was looking about for the source, […]

I Am The Fire

November 26, 2012 by  
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(Center Street in Richmond Town – Photo/photoshopped by Joe) With some trepidation of never seeing our fine oyster sloop again, we left it tied to a makeshift pier in New Dorp Beach and set out on a horse-drawn cart Jack had sent for prior to our coming to Staten Island. We headed along a wooded road surrounded by farmland that ran straight up […]

My Blood Is Your Blood (Hear The Beast!)

November 5, 2012 by  
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(Image is uncredited – Photoshopped by Joe) May 1854 – New Dorp Beach. In the same spot by the water, where I had just seen a horned creature surrounded by a blood-red mist, there now stood an old man. He was staring out across the clear bay. A lump on his right shoulder seemed to place a great weight on his back […]

What’s In A Name?

October 7, 2012 by  
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(“Face of Fear” – Uncredited) The voice seems to come through frozen lips, which are surrounded by atrophied muscles, sounding as if the speaker is a bloodless thing(which it is). No matter the identity it assumes, I always recognize the tone. Plus the words it chooses trigger ruminations of previous encounters… “I’m only looking out for you. I have your best interests […]

The Light of God

September 25, 2012 by  
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(Catholic Priest from 1850s. Photoshopped: *see below for orig./credit) He hadn’t been drunk the first time I met him. He had a bit of gin in him, that’s all. And he was not an itinerant worker. He was a priest. It was his look that fooled me, not quite that of a souse, more of a man […]

Silence

September 3, 2012 by  
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(Bennett House in Richmond Town – *Photo/photoshopped by Joe) I walked past clapboard homes and leafy gardens. The smell of grilling meats and fresh baked bread was in the air. I slipped a hand inside my waistcoat, moving it over my rumbling stomach as I came to Chuck A. Luck’s two-story eating house. I winced up at the partly sunny […]

To Kill A Demon

August 26, 2012 by  
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(Photoshopped picture by Joe – See below for credit/original) I woke to the pounding of a drum and the surf lapping breathily upon the shore. Head resting on my forearms, I was face down in the sand. I looked up. A cool breeze chilled my sunburned face. I could just hear drumming and the melodies of the brass band that had played […]

Skin

August 12, 2012 by  
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(Prostitutes, circa 1850 by Constantin Guys) This blog is about me and my past life. I’m not going to keep letting the pizza and Chinese delivery guys(aka num and nuts–or null and void when I’m really mad at them–like I am now) get their two greasy pennies in… Lady friend just told me that the […]

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