A Year in Bushwick   3 comments

First let me officially anKevin001nounce that I have completed the rough draft of my book. It is about 50 pages longer than I had hoped to reach. I surprised myself. Now I have to start editing it.

Several people have asked me about specific incidences, if they are included or not. Well this is a novel not a memoir. Actually in a way it is a memoir. A fictional memoir of a fictional cop, it covers one year from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Eve. The book is not fact but is inspired by various incidents and people. Now the incidents that inspired the stories in the book did not all happen to the same cops, or happen in the same year. That’s one of the advantages with a novel. None of the cops or bosses in this book is a single person. They were created using various personalities, quirks, nicknames etc. Some of the characters are a combination of 5 or 6 different people. So if you ever do read it you might recognize several different people in the same character. Some were not even cops in the 83.

Now here are some of but not all of the incidents or places that I used for inspiration. See how many you remember. I will only list 10. If anyone is wondering about other incidents or wants more info on those listed just ask.

1.  Of course was the blackout of July 13, 1977. With all the looting and confusion on Broadway. If you were there you remember the City said only two shots were fired that night and one of them was an accidental discharge. See even the city writes fiction.

2.  Which I could probably list as 1A was the fire where the new 83 now sits. The biggest fire in the history of New York City until 9/11.

3.  How many of you remember Charlie the drunk.

4.  The Saxons anyone who was working in the 70’s should remember that fine family.

5.  The Carnival on Grove St. We knew when they were setting that thing up that it would end badly.

6.  The Chang Homicide it was the worst one.

7.  The B&G and its inhabitants.

8 Hercules those that were there will remember him.

9.  The filming of The Warriors on Broadway under the el up by Conway St.

10.  The parties both the ones the nurses would throw that we were always invited to and the one that I ran that started the 83 tradition of precinct parties.

Ok that’s it for now. How many do you remember and is anyone’s favorite missing. If so let me know, it may already be in there.


Posted March 7, 2013 by kevingcox in Random Thoughts

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  1. How about Carmine Galante’s hit on Knickerbocker Ave. in 79?


    Sent from my John’s IPAD

    • It’s in there. Jimmy Breslin showed up and I was the first one he ran into. He didn’t know what happened yet. He asked me if it was a mob hit. I said “Mob hit? Oh no is the Mafia on Knickerbocker Ave.” I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.

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