Haunting Hart Island

I didn’t know Hart Island was an active potter’s field until I started researching this for the New York Observer. The stuff of penny dreadfuls, going strong in 21st century NYC.  was8484056

The Real Ichabod Crane

18FYI-blog427-v2In which the New York Times asks me about Ichabod Crane’s origins, and I defame my own “pumpkin-eating, molasses-daubing” Yankee ancestors (or rather, Irving does).

New York is here!

New York CityScopes

Elizabeth L. Bradley’s concise and witty history of New York City, now out from Reaktion Books, mixes high and low culture to make a Manhattan cocktail for the armchair traveller and true tourist alike. It traces the development of the city from a Dutch trading post to one of the world capitals of business, media and the arts, introducing readers to the city’s most important – and colorful – dramatis personae along the way. A history of the five boroughs is followed by a series of ruminations on New York today – the city’s natural landmarks, unnatural gin joints, immigrant enclaves and even its noises – and capped off with an opinionated shortlist of where to eat, drink and shop, and what to see, hear and do.

Purchase New York at a bookstore near you or online.

Have you seen these fine new books?

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
by Washington Irving
Introduction and Notes by Elizabeth L. Bradley

This new edition of Irving’s The Sketch Book, with an introduction from Elizabeth L. Bradley, demonstrates how inextricably Irving’s writings are woven into the fabric of American culture. Fictional historian Diedrich Knickerbocker introduces us to Rip van Winkle, the Dutch colonist who slept through the Revolutionary War; Ichabod Crane, the superstitious, social-climbing schoolmaster; and the pumpkin-topped Headless Horseman, ancestor to countless horror film antiheroes. In addition to ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘Rip Van Winkle’, The Sketch Book touches on cultural and historical concerns that remain compelling, thanks to Irving’s modern outlook and impressive foresight.

New York
by Elizabeth L. Bradley
(Reaktion Books)

DUE OUT FEBRUARY 2015. This concise and witty guidebook mixes history with high and low culture to make a Manhattan cocktail both enjoyable and practical, for the armchair traveller and true tourist alike. It traces the development of the city from a Dutch trading post to one of the world capitals of business, media and the arts, introducing readers to the city’s most important – and colourful – dramatis personae along the way. A history of the five boroughs is followed by a series of ruminations on New York today – the city’s natural landmarks, unnatural gin joints, immigrant enclaves and even its noises – providing thoughtful, eclectic lists of where to eat, drink and shop, and what to see, hear and do.