A Neighborhood Crowd: Backroom Broadsides

The New Year started right.

My neighborhood association invited me to read from Left Bank of the Hudson at its monthly open-mic and author series, Backroom Broadsides, on January 2, 2018. The event took place in the atmospheric parlour of the Fox & Crow, a favorite local pub and a popular spot for live music and performances. Continue reading


Chasing the Writer’s Life

In past posts, I have announced various writing and editing deadlines and alluded to the October publication of my forthcoming book, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street. Attentive readers might have noticed the recent additions of “Book” and “Events” pages to this site.

(Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Fordham University Press will publish Left Bank of the Hudson on October 2, 2017. The Press, my publicist, and I are working hard putting together a series of local promotional events and a small book tour. At press time, eight events are scheduled in six cities and four states. We’re hoping to add several more events in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, my budding writing career received two notable boosts in the month of June. Continue reading

New Netherland in the Public Schools … in New York

A fellow history blogger (follow link for the story) reported that the New York State Social Studies curriculum is placing a greater emphasis on the period of Dutch colonial history in that state.

A School in the Schoolmaster's Apartment (Courtesy of German History in Documents and Images)
A School in the Schoolmaster’s Apartment, unknown artist, 16th century (Courtesy of German History in Documents and Images).

A three-day workshop will be offered for educators at the New York State Museum (a fun place, by the way) in Albany, New York this autumn. Maybe the Garden State will follow its neighbor’s example.

Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy 15th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony

On Thursday night—yes, this Thursday May 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00—the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy is hosting its annual preservation awards ceremony at the splendid and magical Loew’s Jersey Theatre.

Loew's Jersey Theatre (Courtesy of Friends of the Loew's).
Loew’s Jersey Theatre (Courtesy of Friends of the Loew’s).

The JCLC will be handing out awards to homeowners, developers, and architects who have renovated or preserved historic property throughout Jersey City and to individuals who championed local history and culture through writing or activism. This year’s marquee honoree will be the novelist Richard Price.

A ticket—only $35—will get you a seat at the awards ceremony, a buffet dinner, drinks from an open bar, and a guided tour of the Loew’s. In addition to enjoying good company, you’ll be helping the JCLC with its local preservation goals and historical awareness efforts.

If you don’t have any plans, check it out. We’ll be there.