by Kevin Walsh

Update, 11/20/20: FNY is continuing despite recent server issues. We have begun FNY’s “ForgottenTours Indoors” series; check each week for notices. Hopefully we can do one or two per month and resume live tours when the health crisis is allleviated.

I have resumed walking solo around town with the camera, seeking interesting items to write about, but if Covid cases continue to increase I will have to curtail the walks. In any event, I have a decent backlog of material accumulated over the summer.

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

4/4/20; updated 6/10/20, 9/6/20, 11/20/20


Joe Fliel April 4, 2020 - 1:38 pm

Glad to hear that you are fine, Kevin. Get a damn Windows laptop, ferchrissakes!

Nirmal April 4, 2020 - 10:14 pm

Completely agree!

Renee Neumann April 4, 2020 - 3:52 pm

Thanks for your perseverance, Kevin!

Andy April 4, 2020 - 6:33 pm

The most important thing is that you are well. Thanks for sharing. We will all get through this. Like you I have lived through the 1960s assassinations, Watergate and Nixon, 9/11, and Superstorm Sandy. Plus I’ve had some personal challenges I won’t mention. It’s a very significant chapter in our lives, but we will survive. Keep up the good work with FNY.

Nunzio April 4, 2020 - 8:42 pm

Solution? Yes; Switch to a Linux OS. Seriously.

Kevin Walsh April 5, 2020 - 4:13 pm

Macs use Linux

Nunzio April 5, 2020 - 8:52 pm

No, the Mac OS’s were based on a Linux like OS- but are proprietary and all gunked up. Put a light (real)Linux OS on your old ‘puter, and it’ll run better than new…and all the software is FREE!

Ed Findlay April 6, 2020 - 12:19 am

They are Unix, not Linux. Both Linux and Apple’s OS family are Unix systems but Macs don’t use Linux. There’s a difference but you aren’t looking for a change in operating system and likely don’t want to relearn a lot of things that you’d have to learn due to using a new operating system…

Nirmal April 4, 2020 - 10:17 pm

In these tough times, we need you Kevin! You help us remember the New York we r used to, and preserve the New York we love for the future. Glad u r ok n u keep going! I hear u about the social distancing. I love nyc but i don’t mind all of the social distancing. Some is a little extreme, some is refreshing. I’m finally getting to do cleaning that was due ages ago!

redstaterefugee May 13, 2020 - 10:45 am Reply
redstaterefugee April 5, 2020 - 11:24 am

Try a Dell which uses the Widows 10 OS which will frequently automatically update itself. As an option choose Dell Support Assist which you can use daily to fine tune the computer (& it takes less than 20 minutes). If things go seriously wrong ( a rare occurrence you can easily reach them by phone ( human will answer) & if necessary will make adjustments through remote access. “Try it, you’ll like it”.

Kevin Walsh April 5, 2020 - 5:55 pm

Never comfortable with Windows.

John from Sydney May 5, 2020 - 7:34 pm

A computer expert friend once told me that Microsoft programs were the worst ever made, apart from all the others.
My experience has confirmed this.

Ron S April 5, 2020 - 2:13 pm

During the pandemic with the health and economic crises, it is helpful to have small moments of enjoyment-liking checking out Forgotten NY each day.

Kevin Walsh April 5, 2020 - 5:54 pm
John Shea April 5, 2020 - 7:45 pm

Kevin, Stay well, we need you.

ROCCO BUTTOFOCO April 6, 2020 - 3:56 pm

Glad you are well, I was getting worried. You are my only connection left in NY, with most of my NY relatives either passed on or moved out of state. Thanks for your hard work and remember this too shall pass

Fuged Aboudit April 7, 2020 - 1:38 pm

Glad to hear you’re OK! You, as you are to many here, are our last connection to a pre-gentrif****d New York! I’m your age, native Brooklynite & also lifelong non-driver who, like you, started exploring Brooklyn by bike around 1968 or so, with the Hagstrom spiral bound,5 Borough Atlas as my guide.

I’m no longer there; like my friend the quartermaster of the sadly now shuttered VFW post on 22nd Street said to me a few years back, whilst grousing to him about the changes: “WAKE UP! IT AIN’T OUR BROOKLYN NO MORE!”

I left shortly after that. He was right.

Andy April 13, 2020 - 4:03 pm

Have you tried a new keyboard? I had a problem with a keyboard once, just plugged in an old one I had lying around from who knows when and it’s worked ever since (am typing on the old bugger right now).

Kevin Walsh April 14, 2020 - 10:36 pm

I tried two keyboards and the issue persisted. However, booting off, unplugging, and restarting seems to have solved it for now.

HELENE R SPIERMAN April 14, 2020 - 1:46 am

I’m new to this site — Very grateful to you for maintaining it!
I agree with you about Best Buy. But I think the key is that it was refurbished. Very risky, no matter what the appliance/device… usually.
I’ve been a PC person all my computer life. But once someone gave me a very lightweight Mac laptop to use, and I fell in love with it. But it cost a lot more than the average PC.
Anyhow, I’m not a fan of Windows 10, but my 2008 Dell desktop Windows 7 has run out of support, so I’ll have to customize the Windows 10 laptop I got 3 years ago.
I wrote you an e-mail message about Dahill Road a couple of minutes ago.
All best to you! *See* you soon!

Tal Barzilai April 14, 2020 - 11:20 pm

I just hope that this pandemic won’t do too much to cancel some of the Forgotten NY Tours that will be coming up in the next few months.

Jonathan April 16, 2020 - 11:59 am

We love you, Kevin!

Big Ed April 18, 2020 - 1:22 pm

FNY forever!

Luis Salcedo April 18, 2020 - 11:42 pm

I’m glad you’re alive and kicking! I hope to join you in one of those Forgotten NY Tours!

Terry Varnfield May 12, 2020 - 8:40 am

Just found Forgotten New York – what a great site! Just started with the Lower East Side post, wonderful. I often google odd NYC buildings I find in a book or online – the Brevoort Hotel being most recent but your site is a real treasure trove.

Jonathan Persaud May 14, 2020 - 5:03 pm

Hey Kevin, Im a IT tech and know what the problem is with your iMac if its the model with the Hard Drive and not the Solid state. Can’t believe apple still sells those. Anyway as a thank you for your website im willing to upgrade the imac for free as a thank you. my email is if you would like to take up the offer.

Heidi Lagano May 21, 2020 - 1:29 pm

Hey there, just came upon Forgotten NY and absolutely love it.! Born in NY, moved away 15 years ago, and come back often to visit. Looking forward to taking a tour next trip in, so glad to find fellow kindred spirits! Stay well, and see you soon.

redstaterefugee July 26, 2020 - 10:16 am

I left 15 years ago, too. I’ve never regretted it or romanticized NYC. Here’s what you’ll see on your next trip:

BTW: NY doesn’t require accused felons to post bail so you may have an encounter with them (It’s not exactly like visiting a safari park, either). Delusions have their price.

Teunis Joralemon July 27, 2020 - 3:20 pm

You, uh, “left” because you were BANNED.

redstaterefugee July 30, 2020 - 10:02 am

I guess they’re “banned” too:

It’s a documented fact that NY has net outmigration. It’s not because “deplorables” have been “banned” by the likes of you. As for me, I retired, real estate values had icnreased (& so had my property tax) so “I seen my chances & I took ’em”. Life begins when you live between the coasts due to the absence of insufferable snobs & hipsters.

marco September 23, 2020 - 8:26 pm

quotes a nypost article as ‘proof’ lol —

— ok putin

Steven Gallanter July 19, 2020 - 8:55 pm

I love this site!

Jonathan Persaud October 1, 2020 - 7:45 am

Still say that iMac has a 5400rpm HDD which is probably why its slow. Apple finally made SSD’s standard in the 2020 models.

Brian November 8, 2020 - 7:37 am

Glad you are back! You were missed.

Mike W December 15, 2020 - 2:40 pm

I’m not an IT professional, but find it interesting that you say you have server problems and most of the comments are talking about your laptop.
Regardless, I just found your site and find it very interesting. Keep up the good work.

Kevin Walsh December 15, 2020 - 7:04 pm

And I have never owned a laptop

Lee B. Kass December 20, 2020 - 1:51 pm

Thanks for your excellent work. I am very interested in the grand neo-Gothic High Schools– especially the ones that were attended by future
Nobel laureates. My mom and her older sister attend Morris HS in the 1930s. Do you know if there are records of graduates of these schools?
I attended HS in Brooklyn and College in Manhattan, Left NYC after college to attend graduate school. Some of my family still lives in NY. It’s a great place to live if you have money, which we did not have growing up. But we did get an excellent “free” education (paid for by resident’s taxes, and for which I am
forever grateful.
Keep up the good work and please stay safe, Thanks, Prof. Kass

Andy December 24, 2020 - 12:33 pm

Good afternoon Kevin. Just want to thank you for all you do to keep Forgotten NY going. For me it has been a daily piece of entertainment, a positive constant in a year that has been like no other I have ever experienced in my 70+ years on this earth. Keep up your excellent work.

And to all of those Forgotten NYers out there – a belated Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year 2021.

D. Knol December 26, 2020 - 12:54 pm

Very glad FNY is still here! Best wishes from Holland, Europe.


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