Because sometimes an assignment is just an assignment

An editor asked me to gin up this “story.” For money. So, I came up with this list. The things on it, and the check I will get for writing this, will all make the world a better place. 🙂

Happy New Year!

Think New York Is Crazy Now? It Was Much Wilder in 1647

When New York City’s Municipal Archive posted the first digitized translations of Peter Stuyvesant’s decrees, I jumped online to read about life in mid-17th century New Amsterdam, later known as my hometown. What I found made 1970s New York look almost bucolic. And it was pretty darn amusing, too. So, of course, I pitched a story to National Geographic. You can read about it here.