Bill's Books

A DIRTY YEAR
Sex, Suffrage, & Scandal
in Gilded Age New York
 

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A nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city convulsing with social upheaval and sexual revolution and beset with all the excitement and challenges a moment of transformation brings.
 
From Chicago Review Press, April 2020
 
 
And from New York's Dutch Era

A Novel of New Amsterdam

The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan

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"[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages."

- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York

Stories & Stuff

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Old News & Views

"SHE DESERVES IT"

"Mrs. Margaret Sanger, founder of the Birth Control League, has been awarded the annual medal of the American Woman's Association ... for the qualities of 'vision, integrity and valor' ... Such is the common sense of what she has been saying ... that people have at last begun to listen and believe.  Her victory is not by any means complete, but the dragons are on the run."

- New York Herald Tribune, Nov. 13, 1931. Sanger opened America's first birth control clinic in Brooklyn in 1916.

AN ENGLISH POET'S VIEW OF NY

"An architecture conceived in a child's dream ... glittering clamor of myriad windows set like colored diamonds."

- Mina Loy upon sailing into the harbor and seeing the skylilne, 1916

MORE OLD NEWS & VIEWS

New York Now

The sidewalks of Park Slope are nearly empty, the paths of Prospect Park too. But while hunkered down in Brooklyn, we are still entitled to a daily ramble outside.  Spring is upon us, bringing moments of beauty and joy and renewal.

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Angel watching Manhattan,

from Green-wood, Brooklyn April 2020

 

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Pink Magnolia, Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, April 2020

 

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Social Distancing at the morning dog run, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, April 2020
 
 
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Swan, Prospect Park Lake,
Brooklyn, April 2020