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Welcome!


I am the author of three books about New York City: Frommer's 24 Great Walks in New York (Wiley), Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City (Free Press/Simon & Schuster), and most recently, Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers (Lyons/Globe Pequot). With my wife and frequent collaborator, I also completely revised ​Fodor's 25 Best New York in 2016.


I also write various articles about travel, American politics and culture, New York City history, architecture, and culture, and have appeared on radio, tv, and in print as an expert on New York's rich past.


I write most frequently for The New York Post | Curbed Curbed New York | and The Guardian.

(Click the links to see my recent stories)  

""People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them." ​- James Baldwin

A few highlights:

​"Law & Order's New York Was Never Real" (Curbed NY, May 8, 2019)

"Why So Many NYC Buildings Boast Tin Ceilings" (New York Post, April 3, 2019)

"The Winding History of Donald Trump's First Major Manhattan Real Estate Project" (Curbed, April 2, 2019)

"Co-op City at 50" (Curbed, December 5, 2018)

"How Wall Street became Wall Street" (Curbed, September 26, 2018)

"How Chicago Almost Stole New York's Title as America's Greatest City" (New York Post, September 17, 2018)
"The Joys of Living in New York's Utopian Planned Communities" (New York Post, December 7, 2017)

"The Ever-Changing Bowery" (Curbed, October 4, 2017)

"Becoming Frank Lloyd Wright" (Curbed, June 8, 2017)

"There's Never Been a Hotter Time to See Hawaii's Legendary Lava" (New York Post, August 15, 2017)

"A Walking Tour of 1767 New York" (Curbed, May 24, 2017)

​"What it's Like to Live on One of New York City's Secret Gardens" (New York Post, May 11, 2017)

​"Where to Celebrate the Bicycle's 200th Birthday (New York Post, May 2, 2017)

"The Transformation of Jackson Heights" (Curbed, April 19, 2017)

Roadtripping Frank Lloyd Wright" (New York Post, March 14, 2017)

"The Fallen Five: The 'Great Theater Massacre" and the War to Remake Times Square" (Curbed, Mar 9, 2017)

"Is the World Ready for Frank Lloyd Wright's Suburban Utopia?" (Curbed, Jan 4, 2017)

"An East Coast tour for die-hard Hamilton fans" (Chicago Tribune, Sep 1, 2016)

"Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses, and the Battle Over LOMEX" (Curbed, May 4, 2016)

"Want to Change 'Politics as Usual'? Make a Viable Multi-party System" (Guardian, Apr 26, 2016)


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