Duro was a member of TOP, along with Dondi,
Mickey 729, Hurst, Sid, Flin, Dike, Sain, Jee 2 and others, all
friends living in East New York, Brooklyn.
Like the South Bronx, East New York was another marginal New
York neighborhood that was ablaze in the 1970s.
The South Bronx was familiar territory for me.
I had a map in by head from my many wanderings through the
borough and I felt relatively secure there.
East New York, on the other hand was like the wild land
beyond the map, the terra incognito.
It was, frankly, scary and I rarely visited it. Members of
TOP were the first writers from Brooklyn that I met.
They were important pioneers who came out of their
neighborhood to write on the number lines to make their mark, and to
hook up with their uptown and Bronx counterparts in order to write
together, forming CIA with Crash, Kel, Mare, Shy and others, thus
using the giant network of track that made up the New York subway system to the fullest advantage.
This was the meaning of going "all city".