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

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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

Back in Jersey City: JCAST 2017

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, I was honored to participate in 111 1st Street: A Community of Artists, an exhibit featuring the artists of the former 111 1st Street–the subject of Left Bank of the Hudson.

Elaine Hansen, a 111 alumnus herself, organized the show as part of the 2017 Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, gathering together the work of forty artists. This exhibit brought together all the moving pieces of the rich 111 1st Street story: visitors could meet the artists, admire their work, and discover the history and impact of their building and community.

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My Book Tour: The First Week

This past Saturday, I returned home after a week on the road promoting Left Bank of the Hudson. I started in my native region with events in Olean and Buffalo, New York and then headed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Everyone whom I met expressed genuine interest in the topics of cities, gentrification, artists, and historic preservation. Residents of both small and large cities recognized the change currently unfolding in urban America and its ability to affect their own communities and lives. Continue reading