Episode 5: Actress Kaley Ronayne

This week our guest is Kaley Ronayne, a New York City based actress. Kaley has appeared on numerous TV series, including Gotham, Quarry, Nashville, NCIS, and Chicago P.D. In this episode, Kaley tells us what it’s like working in New York today, the differences between being in Los Angeles and Manhattan as an actor, and standing up for herself. Kaley is just one of those people that makes New York City great, and we are Continue Reading →

Episode 4: Billy the Artist

The first guest on our show is Billy The Artist, Billy Miller. On episode 4 of Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show, we welcome Billy. He’s been a resident of the East Village since 1990 and has had his work exhibited around the world. Some of the brands he’s worked with are Swatch, Toyota, and Vans. His murals are in the Bronx, Harlem, and the East Village. Billy was one of the first American artists to Continue Reading →

Interview on Thirteen about 1920s Writers

For the Great American Read in New York, PBS WNET Thirteen interviewed me at the Algonquin Hotel to talk about the 1920s literary scene in the city. The show is part of the Metrofocus series. I spoke about the history of the Algonquin Round Table and the many writers and friends who gathered at the landmark hotel. Next year, 2019, is the centennial of the group’s founding. Correspondent Naeem Douglas did a marvelous job on Continue Reading →

Episode 3: Tipping & Hustling

We have now recorded three episodes of Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show. Episode 3 was recorded live at The Lambs once more. We get into tipping do’s and don’ts with Jo Holliday, who’s been behind the bar for 24 years and knows the game. How much should you slap down? In Kevin Fitzpatrick’s segment, we talk about side hustles. Everybody has one, and in Kevin’s case, it’s been the family business since the 1930s. Visit Continue Reading →

Episode 2: Poker Shape & Books

The first episode went so well, we now have a new one for Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show. In this second episode, Jo Holliday starts to get into “poker shape” and prepare for the World Series of Poker. She’s not drinking while working in a dive bar; and reveals the mental aspect in poker. Kevin Fitzpatrick talks about his World War I book and promoting the book during the year. He’s also interested in veterans Continue Reading →

August 18 Governors Island Railroad Day

Celebrate the Centennial of the Governors Island Railroad, called the “shortest railway in the world.” Visit the Governors Island National Monument on Saturday, August 18, for free talks and tour of where the Railroad once ran from 1917-1931. The events will be held at Castle Williams, on Governors Island. The U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps on Fort Jay operated the 8 miles of track, with engines and freight cars. During World War I more than $1 Continue Reading →

Episode 1: Joanna & Kevin’s Big Show

Welcome to Joanna & Kevin’s Big Show podcast! Joanna Holliday is a professional poker player, bartender, and wellness enthusiast. Kevin C. Fitzpatrick is the author of 7 books tied to New York City history, and a walking tour guide. The Big Show is recorded live at The Lambs in Midtown Manhattan. In our debut episode, we review who we are for the pilot show. We also need to come up with a name for the Continue Reading →

Private Roberts from Tennessee, Captured 4 Times

This week I led a pre-Memorial Day tour to Cypress Hills National Cemetery. It was the first time I had ever visited the gravesite of Private William D. Roberts, Confederate soldier, in Grave 3254. I’ve written in the past about the 500 Confederates buried in Brooklyn. And a book about the World War One war dead. But Private Roberts’ story is unique, so I’ll share it for Memorial Day. As a prisoner of war who Continue Reading →

Why Is There No U.S. Flag, Battery Park Conservancy?

There has not been a U.S. flag in Battery Park next to the World War II memorial for six months. The Battery Park Conservancy, who is supposed to be maintaining the park, has not repaired the broken rope on the flagpole. It is dragging its heels on correcting this problem. I’ve been tweeting about this issue for several weeks. The Battery Park Conservancy has said they are studying what to do. I am saying today Continue Reading →