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!