Tag: Brooklyn

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 23: Going to the Garment Factory, 1936

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 23: Going to the Garment Factory, 1936

History, Vintage Photo Wednesday
Thanks to the new focus of my Vintage Photo Wednesday series on New Jersey, I'm learning some really interesting things about my home state. For instance, the town of Roosevelt -- located roughly 20 miles east of Trenton -- was established as Jersey Homesteads in 1937 as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's many New Deal initiatives. So you can probably guess where the name came from. Here's an excerpt on the history of Roosevelt from Rutgers University: In early 1933, Title II, Section 208, of the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) created the Division of Subsistence Homesteads, the purpose of which was to decentralize industry from congested cities and enable workers to improve their standards of living through the help of subsistence agriculture. Jersey Homesteads was uniqu...
Whatever happened to… Crazy Eddie and Bugle Boy?

Whatever happened to… Crazy Eddie and Bugle Boy?

History
Who: Crazy Eddie When: 1971 - 1989 What: Crazy Eddie, one of the most famous brands in the New York Tri-State area, started in 1971 with one location in Brooklyn.  It was run by Eddie Antar, whose high-pressure sales techniques and accounting creativity turned that one store into a regional chain covering four states and 43 locations, and with more than $300 million in sales.  The chain specialized in discount electronics, but later expanded into music sales.  But more than their prices or goods Crazy Eddie was known for their advertising, which featured a hyper pitchman named Jerry Carroll.  Carroll's frenetic, absurdly comic delivery was so effective many people assumed he was Crazy Eddie. What happened: Turns out the secret to Antar's success was simple - he was a total crook
In Concert: Field Music w/The Spinto Band and The Mugs

In Concert: Field Music w/The Spinto Band and The Mugs

Music
Dear reader, in my travels to bring you reports of local performances by various musical acts, I have encountered some strange people.  But over the weekend I encountered one of the strangest yet - the Brooklyn Hipster.  For those not from the New York area, it's important to note that Brooklyn is to Hipsters as Mecca is to Muslims or Wal-Mart is to rednecks.  It's the source of their strength and identity, which in this case means lots of bad haircuts, wool caps, and faux vintage clothing.  They're harmless for the most part, but damn are they annoying in large groups. (more…)