Art, Drinks, and Conversation: An Evening at Virile

On Small Business Saturday, November 25, 2017, Virile Barber & Shop invited me to discuss Left Bank of the Hudson with guests over drinks and food (courtesy of Wurstbar) in downtown Jersey City.

Before cable news and social media, people visited barbershops to trade gossip, debate politics, and discuss events of the day. This tradition is alive and well at Virile, a cozy barbershop with a retro style and friendly, talented barbers. Simply put, Virile was the perfect place for a book event. Continue reading

Book Culture: My Book Tour Begins

On October 3, 2017, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, my first book, was published. Officially, I became an author.

Book Culture, a great Manhattan bookstore and a dangerous place for any book lover, hosted the New York release party. I read a passage from my book, talked with the crowd, and signed copies of my book. A dream come true. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful evening. Continue reading

Autumn and October at Albertine Books

The autumn is the season befitting deep thoughts and reflections, strolling through a neighborhood park fragrant with fallen leaves, and watching the nighttime sky on a quiet beach. Rainy and chilly days are perfect for patronizing museums, theaters, historic homes, and bookstores. The autumn awakens the mind and the imagination.

A few months ago, I recounted my first visit to Albertine Books, a splendid bookshop with an inspiring interior, and I encouraged all my readers to visit this cultural gem. If one needs further convincing to travel to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Albertine has assembled a wonderful literary program for the month of October.

Currier & Ives, American Homestead Autumn, 1868-1869 (Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum).

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