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    That's amazing.

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      Three minute film on a photographer who has been chronicling our neighbourhood for decades.

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        Aaah, that's lovely.

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          Gambino crime boss whacked

          My first thought was "Whoa...retro."

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            Very much so, though connoisseurs will note a number of non-canon elements, including:

            You didn't whack guys at their homes, wives and children could be involved, and even if they were not there, it was considered poor form. That was what barber shops, clam houses and parking garages were for.

            No made man would have been caught dead in a pickup truck.

            A war on Todt Hill could be highly disruptive, given that the neighbourhood has the most intense concentration of senior mobsters in the city.

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              I've already seen claims that the pickup and the home execution mean it was done by Albanians/Dominicans/someone else and not made guys. The fact the Gambinos deal a lot of drugs now gives the Albanian line some credence, since they're big in the NYC drug scene now.

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                Yes, that was my immediate supposition as well.

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                  Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali

                  Disappointing.

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                    They've arrested a young mook from Staten Island who apparently thought that Cali was keeping him from the girl of his dreams (a niece, it appears).
                    Last edited by ursus arctos; 17-03-2019, 11:27.

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                      Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post


                      Disappointing.
                      Hoping for 'Goinbackta' Cali?

                      I don't think so.

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                        I thought that their nicknames usually refer to some form of sadistic speciality or an amusing anecdote from their younger years, like "Acid Sponge" or "Teal-Coloured Teenagers' Trainers," something like that.

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                          This was my favourite line in the article;

                          “"Even Gotti had more respect,"” one police source told The Post. “"He did it out in Manhattan.”"

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                            He gets it.

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                              Originally posted by ursus arctos View Post
                              Very much so, though connoisseurs will note a number of non-canon elements, including:

                              You didn't whack guys at their homes, wives and children could be involved, and even if they were not there, it was considered poor form. That was what barber shops, clam houses and parking garages were for.

                              No made man would have been caught dead in a pickup truck.

                              A war on Todt Hill could be highly disruptive, given that the neighbourhood has the most intense concentration of senior mobsters in the city.
                              Yeah, the mob is clearly in decline if they can’t even do this right. And in Staten Island? Feels a bit bush league.

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                                Partly inspired by this thread, I watched a Nero Wolfe last night ('The Doorbell Rang'). Very enjoyable, esp the lunches

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                                  [URL]https://twitter.com/willsommer/status/1107787756632227840?s=21[/URL]

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                                    Well, I have learned from this thread, among many other things, that Danielmak is a published author, probably like at least 25% of posters here

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                                      I have an extra copy of one of his books, which I can give you in August

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                                        This is a heck of a story

                                        https://twitter.com/Gothamist/status/1115651416868175873

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                                          Originally posted by Sporting View Post
                                          Well, I have learned from this thread, among many other things, that Danielmak is a published author, probably like at least 25% of posters here
                                          This thread might interest you...

                                          https://www.onetouchfootball.com/for...ooks-by-otfers

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                                            Outstanding slide show of 70s transit and street scenes.

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                                              Originally posted by ursus arctos View Post
                                              That makes me sad.

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                                                New York real estate developers are among the worst collections of people in the world

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                                                  believe one of them became president

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                                                    Originally posted by ursus arctos View Post
                                                    New York real estate developers are among the worst collections of people in the world
                                                    It’s a good example of how most of the money now just goes to people who already have a lot of money, not to “innovators” or “hard workers” or some other right-wing fantasy hero.

                                                    I recently read a long essay/rant by a long term New Yorker about how landlords are destroying the world. It explained it all in detail. I can’t find it now.

                                                    I worry about it because I worry about everything these days and one of the things I worry about is that somehow I’m going to be compelled to work for an employer to move back to a major city in order to make a living and I don’t see how I could ever afford that. Hopefully the people who run my business can see that letting people work remote actually saves them money and gets them better people, but I’m not certain.

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