Governors Island Explorer’s Guide: Adventure & History in New York Harbor

The wait is nearly over!  The publication date for my new book, Governors Island Explorer’s Guide: Adventure & History in New York Harbor,  is just one month away: Eight easy-to-follow maps cover all 172 acres of Governors Island. Also included is information about planning a trip, ferry service, where to eat, and bicycle paths. Learn the history of Castle Williams and Fort Jay—protecting New York since the 18th Century. Read a guide to the island’s Continue Reading →

Jazz Age Lawn Party

It was the 10th anniversary of the Jazz Age Lawn Party, and I don’t see how it could get any more perfect. Once more, Michael Arenella has pulled off another fantastic weekend on Governors Island. The Brooklyn bandleader and his team produced a fantastic event that had a wonderful turnout. The weather cooperated and it was a warm and sunny weekend for live jazz, shows, cocktails, and special events. Read more at my Governors Island Explorer’s Guide.

A Review of “Under The Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide”

I’m pretty sure this is the first time a review of one of my books referenced Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  Pretty cool. This very flattering review comes from It’s just the booze dancing, a popular cocktail blog. An excerpt: Kevin C. Fitzpatrick’s book “Under The Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide” is a history book of sorts, but at no point did I feel like I was being lectured to. Much like a well crafted cocktail, this book is Continue Reading →

New Book Will Explore Governors Island

I am very pleased to announce that my sixth book will be published by Globe Pequot Press: The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide. It will be part of the “Historical Tours” series and come out in about nine months. The book will be approximately 122 pages and available in softcover and ebook. It will be illustrated with maps, photos, and artwork. It will be available soon for pre-order; the ISBN is 978-1-4930-1966-3. Read more at my new Governors Continue Reading →

Margaret Leech Birthday Today

Today is the anniversary of Margaret Leech’s birthdate, November 7, 1894 in Newburgh, NY. She’s the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize twice in the History category. I write about her in my upcoming book The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide. She led a fascinating life marked by tragedy & triumph and I hope people learn about her in my book.