I love my hometown but it wasn’t the most progressive during the Civil War. Check out my latest for Smithsonian on the Underground Railroad in New York City.
TakePart.com asked me to do a quick advancer on the new 114th Congress and what it means now that Republicans are regained control. You can read it here.
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!
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.
I got called to do a quick breaking news story today on the decision by federal prosecutors to sue New York City for civil riots violations at the jail on Rikers Island. Read about it here.
One of the upsides of freelancing is that I get to write about things that really interest me. As the headline above makes clear, my latest for Smithsonian definitely falls into that category. Plus, it’s still very relevant given the gridlock in DC. Check out When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Result.
While everyone was focused on the Republican takeover of Congress, there were some important ballot initiatives decided as well on Tuesday. Two states and a couple of counties weighed in on the hot-button issue of genetically modified foods. Read what happened in my latest for National Geographic, GMO Food Critics See Losses at Ballot Box — and a More Hostile Congress.