The Salumeria’s Big (Mozzarella) Cheese

There’s one central aisle at Dave & Tony Salumeria. Narrow as a needle and straight as an arrow, it is packed with Italian pastas and cookies, bunches of herbs and cans of tomatoes and olive oil. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Dave & Tony Salumeria on 30th Avenue at 36th Street. At the back, it cuts to the right, making a short square that bypasses the meat, cheese, sausage and sandwich counter before rejoining the main artery. Right now, it’s empty. Well, that’s not quite accurate. Albie’s walking its length, but she’s a cat, not a customer. …

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The Ex-Cop on the Legal Beat

Bankruptcy is not as bad as you think. Before you dismiss this seemingly novel idea, give Phill Mahony a chance to explain it to you. “Unfortunately, there’s a stigma attached to bankruptcy,” he says. “But it doesn’t represent failure. The bankruptcy code really puts people on their feet. You come out like a new person. It’s really a good deal.” Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Phill …

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