Port of New York, from Mannahatta to 1949

In addition to team-teaching Writing New York with Cyrus, I’m also teaching, this semester, an interdisciplinary honors seminar called “The Port of New York.” We’ll spend the semester thinking about how various disciplines frame evidence and...

Governors Island in the news

I’ve had a couple great trips out to Governors Island with friends and family this summer and hope to go a few more times before the season ends. I fished with my daughter off the eastern shore, listened to poetry and music produced by Patti Smith and her...

Secrets Too Well Kept?

What is it that drives so many tourists, once they’ve paid the exorbitant costs to get to New York and house themselves, to go to dinner at the Olive Garden? It’s something I’ll never understand.I had a similar thought the other day as we were...

On the Water

I was out of town for most of this summer, and one of the things I missed most were our regular sails on the Seaport Museum’s schooner Pioneer, one of downtown’s best kept secrets. (I’ve publicized it in the past on another site.) Last Friday night...