Cover Reveal Day 111 Places in the Bronx You Must Not Miss

Today is the Cover Reveal Day for my new book. 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss (Emons). It comes out May 18 with photos by the amazing Joe Conzo. Today we can show the full cover, front and back. The book is available now for pre-order at all bookstores, and online. A few months ago Joe and I were on Gary Axelbank’s show Bronx Buzz on Bronxnet TV to announce the Continue Reading →

111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss, On TV

I joined Joe Conzo on host Gary Axelbank’s show Bronx Buzz on Bronxnet TV to announce the publication of our forthcoming book, 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss (Emons). The book publication date was moved up to mid-May and we made our first TV appearance to talk about the book. It is part of the international hit series 111 Places. I’ve been talking a little about it on our podcast, Joanna Continue Reading →

RIP Commodore Hotel aka Grand Hyatt

My friends of the Guides Association of New York City, of which I’m a proud member, tipped me off to the news today that the Grand Hyatt Hotel is going to be razed. This is sad because 2019 is the centennial of the hotel’s opening. I was immediately reminded of the hotel because it’s an entry in my 2005 book A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York (Roaring Forties Press). I wrote a chapter about Continue Reading →

Cocktail Book Talk on a Rooftop

Last night I got the opportunity to do something I’ve not done in a couple of years. I didn’t know how much I missed it until I actually was doing it. This was a quick book talk about Under the Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide, which was my third book and was published five years ago. Our financial planner, Steve Gross of Ameriprise, hosted a really nice cocktail party on the rooftop lounge of 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 →

WWI Book An Award Winner

It is a huge honor for me to announce that I was awarded my first-ever literary honor on Monday. My book World War One New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War (Globe Pequot Press) took home the Apple Award given by the Guides Association for New York City. The awards category my book was nominated in and won is Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction New York City Book Writing (Published Continue Reading →

WWI New York Nominated for Apple Award

My book World War New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War has been nominated for an Apple Award by the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). This is a big honor for me, since I wrote a guide book, and this is the only organization for licensed New York City sightseeing guides. My book is the sole guide book nominated, so guides can use it to lead their Continue Reading →

November 5 Walk and Talk in Brooklyn-Queens

On November 5 I am going to have a double-feature day: At 10:00 AM take a cemetery walking tour in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Followed by a 2:00 p.m. book talk about World War I New York: A Guide the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War, which will be held at the Queens Historical Society in Flushing. To begin the day, I will lead a free tour of the only national cemetery in NYC in Continue Reading →

The Statue of Liberty and WWI

On Independence Day I’ll be climbing the 215 steps up to the pedestal of the Statue of the Liberty. I’m making five trips in five consecutive days, down from four trips last week. As a licensed tour guide, I’m among the lucky few who get to visit the most famous landmark in the country for my “job” so often. Taking visitors to Liberty Island and Ellis Island is an incredible privilege. When I began leading Continue Reading →

Centennial of General Pershing on Governors Island

One hundred years ago on Sunday, General John J. Pershing woke up in Times Square. He was in bed in the Astor Hotel, which once was on the corner of Broadway and W. 44th Street. I do not know how he got from Forty-second Street to the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, but I like to think that instead of a car he and his group took the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) Continue Reading →