Sometimes It Seems Like Brooklyn Hasn’t Changed in Over 125 Years

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Afterward they toasted with some moonshine from Kings County Distillery. Photo: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

This morning the Lost City blog uncovers a police blotter item from the New York Times back in 1884 that could have been written (tone included) in the Post blotter in 2011:

Angelo Dillegrino, an Italian, of No. 32 Union Street, Brooklyn, declared at noon yesterday that his sweetheart was the most beautiful girl to be found in Brooklyn or Hoboken. Nicholas Corleo, another Italian, of No. 100 Union Street, maintained that there was no truth whatever in the statement, but that he himself had the handsomest sweetheart in Brooklyn, to say nothing of Hoboken or Long Island City. To settle the matter in a satisfactory manner, both men drew razors. Dillegrino slashed Corleo in the face and on the arm, and then ran away. He was captured and locked up in the Eleventh Precinct Station House. Corleo was sent to the Long Island College Hospital. The question in dispute remains unsettled.

Well, actually, you probably wouldn't see the phrase another Italian in a modern-day paper. But aren't you dying to know which shorty was really more fly?

Razors in a Question of Beauty [NYT via Lost City]