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2006 Stories by Jarrett Murphy

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  • Kick Out the Jams

    published December 26, 2006

    In 1907, horse-drawn wagons traveled through Manhattan's streets at an average pace of almost 12 miles an hour. A century later, the average... More >>

  • Who Killed Robert Konopka?

    published October 31, 2006

    Life had not been easy on Suzanne Konopka for some time when she pulled up to her family's condo on McDivitt Avenue in Staten Island on the night... More >>

  • School of Shock

    published October 3, 2006

    For their last field day of summer, the students of the Judge Rotenberg Center, a private boarding school for special-education students in... More >>

  • Cell Block

    published August 22, 2006

    In the bad old days when the Bronx was burning, some of the ashes apparently found their way to a slab of land between the Bruckner Expressway and... More >>

  • Blunt Trauma

    published August 15, 2006

    The thick packet of white paper snapped into a clipboard is labeled "FDNY intake." It's a list: pelvis, skull, hair (brownish, 1/2 inch),... More >>

  • Waiting for Reinforcements

    published August 8, 2006

    On the first Tuesday in August, Thomas Mullifield, who fought with the Army in Vietnam from 1964 to 1967 and struggled with alcoholism in the... More >>

  • Dumping on Everyone Else

    published July 25, 2006

    The people of Yorkville didn't get a lot of love at City Hall two weeks ago when the City Council's sanitation committee finally moved toward a... More >>

  • Copping a Budget Plea

    published June 20, 2006

    It's been determined that the man's pants were indeed falling down and that he used soup as a weapon against police. More on that later. For... More >>

  • Melting the Iron Triangle

    published June 6, 2006

    There were no conventioneers on hand last Wednesday when Willets Point woke up drenched from early morning rain. There were no tourists watching... More >>

  • Test Pattern

    published May 30, 2006

    All new parents await the day when their little wonder says his or her first word. "Up." "Mommy." "Dad." "Cookie." Melissa and Louis Orlando... More >>

  • History Lesson

    published May 16, 2006

    Chances are that walking down 131st Street 30 years from now, you will not miss Pedro y José Auto Body, nor, on 130th, mourn the absence of... More >>

  • Fear of Heights

    published May 9, 2006

    Fire is on the brain in Williamsburg these days. First there's the real thing, like that suspicious waterfront warehouse fire on May 2. Then... More >>

  • The Gentle Combat of Mapes Avenue

    published May 2, 2006

    Makeba Higgins, 20, is surrounded by eight men, some armed with knives, most much larger than her. She cannot see them all at once, so she spins... More >>

  • How to Kill a War in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

    published April 25, 2006

    Three days before Saturday's big anti-war march, members of the City Council were standing on the City Hall steps, calling for a resolution making... More >>

  • High Prices on Fordham Road

    published April 25, 2006

    In retrospect, it was dumb to ask Raphael Santos, the guy who's been here 20 years and who is now a citizen, what he thinks Americans think about... More >>

  • Big Crackdown on Little Crime

    published April 18, 2006

    A sign on the blue metal door read, "You are entering a correctional facility. Display shield/ID at all times while in the facility," and... More >>

  • Under One Flag

    published April 11, 2006

    The white and green T-shirts stood out in the crowd of mostly Latinos who were milling about the intersection of Canal and Broadway last Monday at... More >>

  • Save the 'Burbs!

    published April 4, 2006

    The Tortorella residence does not look like the other houses on 158th Street. It's bigger than the dignified brick colonials across the way and a... More >>

  • Feel a Chill?

    published March 28, 2006

    So there's this protest march heading up Seventh Avenue, and it's typical. There are witty signs about President Bush and bitter slogans about the... More >>

  • Closing Costs

    published March 21, 2006

    Dora Casanas was 88 and ailing in late 2003 when she got word that the monthly rent on her Bronx apartment was leaping from $90 to $500. It was... More >>

  • Credible Threat

    published March 7, 2006

    The crowd at the Apollo Theater last October 6 was humming, sipping drinks and munching on snacks, mingling with the luminaries of black New York.... More >>

  • Bum Wrap

    published February 28, 2006

    A man with a white cart happens to be rolling it east along the south side of 45th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues at a little before 1... More >>

  • Libertad? Maybe

    published February 21, 2006

    On September 23, 1868, a gutsy band of Puerto Rican nationalists launched a revolt against their Spanish rulers. The uprising failed within 24... More >>

  • The Seekers

    published February 14, 2006

    Essentially, it's all about physics and common sense. Cut steel, and buildings fall. Crash a plane, and the Earth gets scarred. Fire a missile;... More >>

  • Conspiracy 101

    published February 14, 2006

    The JFK assassination had its "magic bullet," Watergate the "18-minute gap," and Oklahoma City that mysterious "John Doe No. 2." All conspiracy... More >>

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