by Kevin Walsh

Forgotten NY is 20 years old today, as the first posts were uploaded on March 26th, 1999. Thanks to all contributors including writers Gary Fonville, Sergey Kadinsky (Hidden Waters Blog), Christina Wilkinson (Newtown Historical Society); the trustees of the Greater Astoria Historical Society; everyone who weighs in with comments and corrections; and those who helped with the design over the years, first Melissa Cahill and then Adam Kizer. 

Within a month of its first appearance, FNY was profiled in the New York Times by David Kirby, and NYC newspapers, daily and weekly, have been of great assistance over the years. I have also been invited to write articles for both the Daily News and the Times (where my article appeared “above the fold,” with David Brooks and Paul Krugman below the fold). I was asked by Matthew Benjamin, then of HarperCollins, to write a Forgotten New York book in 2003; it appeared three years later and is still selling well. I followed up with Forgotten Queens, on Arcadia, written with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, in 2013. I hope to do more books, and perhaps an app featuring Forgotten NY tours and perhaps a podcast.

The 2019 slate of tours has just been published. I hope to tour as long as I am physically able and people remain interested. Recently, FNY unveiled a new design, paid for with a GoFundMe. I thank everyone who contributed — all donations, big or small, were very generous.

Keep checking in every day for posts, shorter ones during the week, longform appearing Monday morning. Thanks for your interest!

Check out the ForgottenBook, take a look at the gift shop, and as always, “comment…as you see fit.”



Jeff B. March 26, 2019 - 10:33 pm

Kevin –
Thanks for all the interesting content and all your hard work. Happy 20th Birthday Forgotten New York!!!! Here’s to many, many more!!

Richard March 27, 2019 - 7:29 am


TommR March 28, 2019 - 1:37 pm

Happy birthday FNY. Thanks for pounding the pave and recording all those scenes for posterity

Tom March 28, 2019 - 8:26 pm

Kevin, LUV the website. Keep up the good work.

gbear March 30, 2019 - 8:35 am

Thanks Mr. Walsh for all you do.

Jay April 1, 2019 - 7:22 am

Just wanted to say a huge thank you from the UK – having visited NY twice in the last 7 years I find I look at the city with more than just a tourists eye as a result of your fabulous website. Long may it continue!

Luis Salcedo April 11, 2019 - 10:59 pm

Love the website! Hope you continue it for many years to come!


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