Talking About My Book

July 18th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Some scenes from my life publicizing my book. The first shot is at the Books Beneath the Bridge series at Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the next two are from the WCBS Author Talks Radio podcast recording (that’s reporter Peter Haskell, the host, in the third shot). I also recorded a podcast for The Curious Man, but that was over the phone so I don’t have a picture of that!

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Merchant’s House Museum Garden Talk

July 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I was so nervous before my talk at the Merchant’s House Museum Garden on Thursday, but it was delightful. Margaret Halsey Gardiner, the executive director of the Museum, couldn’t have been more welcoming, as was Tim Ranney, who invited me. Then afterwards I joined the group tour of the museum.

The Merchant’s House is a building on West 4th Street that was bought by a hardware merchant, Seabury Tredwell, in 1835. His family lived there until his youngest child, Gertrude, died there in 1933. It’s now a museum with most of its original furniture and contents (clothes, decor, etc.)

On the floor for the servants was a list of people who had worked there at one time or another. I plan to research whether or not any of them ever ended up on Blackwell’s Island. I can’t research “Bridget Murphy,” or “Mary Smith,” because it would be too difficult or impossible to determine if one of the Bridget Murphys I found, for instance, was the one who used to work in the home of Seabury Tredwell. But there the names of three women were unusual enough to give it a try. Even better, they were 40 years old, so the chances are a little less likely that they married and changed their names.

Merchant's House Museum Garden

I Miss my Pigeons

July 12th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

I used to feed pigeons on the roof of my building, but I had to stop due to landlord complaints, and the expense. The pigeons would wait for me every day and it broke my heart when I knew they’d be waiting in vain. Sob. I took this picture of a pigeon on my roof a couple of weeks ago and I thought I had already posted it. I love it because it looks like a painting.

I’m very late at promoting these events!!

July 11th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’ve got two book events coming up, both in very lovely settings. One is tomorrow. TOMORROW. It will take place in the Merchant’s House Museum garden as long as it doesn’t rain! The other one is on Monday, July 16, at Brooklyn’s Books Beneath the Bridge series in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. My reading there is sponsored by Freebird Books. Thank you so much, Freebird Books!

A detail from a drawing of prisoners on Blackwell’s Island.

Manhattan Samba

July 8th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The band I played with for many years, Manhattan Samba, played out on a pier near where I live. I went down and shot some film of them, and I’m going to edit it later in the week. This is a screenshot. It was a lovely evening and I envied their playing out in the sun and sea air!

Manhattan Samba, New York City, 2018