Webmaster Kevin Walsh began initial prep for Forgotten New York in 1998 and the site launched March 26, 1999. FNY’s purpose is to highlight neighborhoods, objects and aspects of New York City that have gone ignored or unnoticed by other guidebooks, websites, and articles. Walsh graduated from St. Francis College and obtained a certificate from the Center of the Media Arts.
FNY has been profiled in all of NYC’s daily newspapers, and has been mentioned by name in columns by the New York Times‘ Christopher Gray and David Dunlap and by the New York Sun‘s Francis Morrone. It has twice been named to the Village Voice’s Best of NYC list, most recently in 2006. It has also been cited by PC Magazine’s Top 99 “Undiscovered” websites.
FNY Correspondent Gary Fonville was born in New Bern, NC on February 10, 1952 and entered the NYC Public Schools in 1958 but only attended for two years.He attended SUNY at New Paltz, graduating in 1975. After graduation, married wife Rebecca and worked in the educational field until 1982. In October, 1982 he began working for the NYCTA as a Bus Operator and worked in that capacity until October, 2003 when health issues forced him to be reclassified to the position as a TPPA (Transit Property Protection Agent). His new hobby, photography, came about by being a contributor to FNY and snapping many photos in the process.
FNY Correspondent Sergey Kadinsky was raised in Queens and works as a news reporter and adjunct professor of history at Touro College. His personal website is www.mazeartist.com
FNY logo designer Steve Soldwedel is a web developer and graphic artist living in Brooklyn. He received his BA in Journalism from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from the City College of New York. A snapshot of his work can be found at soldwedel.net