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  • Ping-Pong Madness - At the Hub of the City's Table-Tennis Subculture

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    Ping-Pong Madness - At the Hub of the City's Table-Tennis Subculture

    So, the West Side Club is about to close and the ping-pong players are going crazy. What are Abass and Alex and Wally and George and Marty and Steve and Phil and the three Johns going to do? Where will they hang out? Where will they practice? And wha...

    by Susan Brownmiller on September 21, 1999
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    Oh What a Relief It Is - The Cast of Misfits in the Mets Bullpen

    A collection of castaway closers, a crackpot, a headhunter, more journeymen than a conquistador battalion, a guy who hadn't thrown a pitch in the majors for two years, and a stopper who spent two months on the disabled list . . . this is the best bul...

    by Howard Z. Unger on September 21, 1999
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    Punch Drunk

    Some observations on Oscar De La Hoya's unrewarded boxing clinic performed on Felix Trinidad Saturday night: Among Trinidad's defenders actually, we should say De La Hoya's critics, since they seem far more numerous it has now become common curren...

    on September 21, 1999
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    Gangsta Rule - Keeping a Piece of the Action

    Beneath the struggles that define today's global hot spots lies the age old struggle for riches. In Russia as well as in East Timor, that means oil. In poverty-ridden Kosovo, the Serbs have attempted to maintain control of metal mining. In most cases...

    by James Ridgeway on September 21, 1999
  • A Tenant's Home Is His Landlord's Castle - New Book Reviews the Origins of New York City's Famous Landlord-Tenant Trouble

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    A Tenant's Home Is His Landlord's Castle - New Book Reviews the Origins of New York City's Famous Landlord-Tenant Trouble

    'It is not a business to attract men of good feelings. . . .' So wrote journalist David Blaustein in 1904, when he set out to describe New York City landlords of his day. Blaustein's attention was drawn to what he called 'cockroach landlords,' small ...

    by J.A. Lobbia on September 21, 1999
  • Dread, Beat, and Brooklyn - Trumystic Sound System Reinvent Reggae In Williamsburg

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    Dread, Beat, and Brooklyn - Trumystic Sound System Reinvent Reggae In Williamsburg

    'We're like the blueprint of what every cheesy dance producer wants: a rap guy, a woman singing, a guy playing a guitar, and a DJ,' says Ish, a central figure in the Brooklyn collective known as Trumystic Sound System, who perform at the Knitting Fac...

    by Lorraine Ali on September 21, 1999
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    Sticking It In Your Ear

    If you went to buy a certain book on the American Revolution last week at the Borders in Stony Brook, you might have gotten more revolting developments than you bargained for. Tucked in the pages of Liberty! The American Revolution, a companion coff...

    by Bill Jensen on September 21, 1999
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    This Land Was Made For You and Me...

    The fate of a key source of drinking water on Long Island now rests in the hands of a profit-driven developer, a few Brooklyn judges and the budget-bungling Republican machine of Nassau County. Since 1972, the Tilles Investment Company has sought ap...

    by Laura Conaway on September 21, 1999
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    Covering Your Partner

    It all started when Suffolk County cop Karen Kolsch and her lover opened up an account at a sperm bank. That step toward creating a family has produced, after two years of gestation, a lot of bawling in the Suffolk County Legislature. The seed of th...

    by Beth Greenfield on September 21, 1999
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    Subdrive

    This prose-packed zine aspires to join the ranks of such newsprint nationals as Maximum Rock 'n' Roll and Flipside, and it's well on its way. Full of well-written reviews, interviews and columns (Miss Understood's diatribe on porn is particularly amu...

    on September 21, 1999
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    Salts of the Earth

    Seasonal drops-ins should have finished glomming onto Long Beach's sunshine as of Labor Day weekend. They should have gone back to their concrete boroughs or whatever strip-mall planet they came from. But here it was, the Saturday night after summer'...

    by Stacy Albin on September 21, 1999
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    One Nation, Under the Gun

    Colin Ferguson looked me right in the eye. I was squatting on the floor of the 5:33 Hicksville train, hiding from the pointed barrel of his gun. I was pressed between the seats and the window and another frightened passenger back on Dec. 7, 1993, and...

    by Terry Sullivan on September 21, 1999
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    Site and Sound

    Oceanside writer/actor Steve Strangio has turned his days of turnpike-hiking and deli-hopping into an award-winning screenplay and short film called Journey to the Strip Mall. Now he hopes that his website can be a journey to the virtual strip mall f...

    by Michael Giacalone on September 21, 1999
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    Recordings

    Robyn Hitchcock Jewels For Sophia Warner Bros. Continuing down the quirky, folk-pop path he helped pioneer, Robyn Hitchcock triumphs on his latest album by using a different group of back-up musicians for the first time since 1981's Black Snake...

    on September 21, 1999
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    Bunk

    Having come off what many thought should have been the winning performance at last month's Long Island Music Festival, Bunk is hot and picking up steam. Leading the charge of Long Island's nuevo-metal explosion, the Freeport-based rock and rap quarte...

    by Ian D'Giff on September 21, 1999
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    Making Noise in Bellmore

    Despite being only 27, Eric Weiss is a seasoned veteran of the music industry. He's already been involved in the business end with bands like Electric Frankenstein and The Misfits. He's also helped run the Florida punk label Kado from his Bellmore ho...

    by Rich Black on September 21, 1999
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    Catchy as Catchy Can

    On my personal list of least favorite things to do, driving the length of the Meadowbrook Parkway is usually second only to gum surgery. After getting stuck in traffic recently with my 10- and 13-year-old cousins as passengers, though, I have realize...

    by Valerie Acklin on September 21, 1999
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    Boomer Bust

    Talkin' 'bout that generation, September brings two richly metaphoric songs of male Boomer pathos: the midlife-crisis dark comedy American Beauty, and the sanctimonious baseball-veteran weepie, For Love of the Game. The story is the same dude, do y...

    by J. Hoberman on September 21, 1999
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    A Little on the Side

    In my latest peek between the sheets, the truth became obvious: You should plain ol' dump one another's asses instead of choose to pump another's on the sly. After talking to you people this week, I've decided Jackie O was being down right sexist whe...

    by Ellen Burris on September 21, 1999
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    Designs For Living

    If you're past the age of 3, you're making your own fashion decisions and, face it, you care about where fashion-with-a- capital-F comes from. Chris Harvard grad, Whitney program grad, serious artist thinks of clothes only in terms of function; oft...

    by Tanya Indiana on September 21, 1999
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