It’s early in the afternoon. Too early to catch the group of mostly retired older men begin their dominoes tournament in the back of a Williamsburg bodega, according to Democratic Brooklyn borough president nominee Antonio Reynoso, who is translating for the Spanish-speaking owners.

Before coming to the convenience store, Reynoso told me that these private and illegal games – even though players are typically only betting for bottles of beer – are among his favorite things about the neighborhood where he grew up. Why? Because they’re a part of the rich tapestry of the south side of Williamsburg that few people get to see, other than those enmeshed in the community. “We have things in this community that people would see as a negative thing, but I don’t see it that way,” Reynoso said, adding that these games have an important cultural significance for the people who play them, many of whom come from the Dominican Republic.

Brooklyn borough president nominee Antonio Reynoso Reynoso for Brooklyn It’s early in the afternoon. Too early to catch the group of mostly retired older men begin their dominoes tournament in the back of a Williamsburg bodega, according to Democratic Brooklyn borough president nominee Antonio Reynoso, who is translating for […]

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