Welcome to my Blog! Here’s What To Expect…

Welcome to my Blog! I’m very excited to have you on board! Central Park Story is a young adult adventure series whose main character is a sixteen-year-old boy named Christopher Middleton.  It’s also a treasure hunt/romance/historical adventure/fantasy/humorous tale all rolled into one! I put a lot of time researching the backdrop to the series which […]

Cockatrices: Coming Face-to-Face With One’s Worst Fears

Behind every myth lies a truth, and the the myth of the cockatrice is no exception. With the head of a rooster, the body of a snake, and the wings of a bat, this mythical creature is a composite of all that we fear most. When I chose it as an embodiment of all the […]

Turtle Pond: Where Dragonflies Magically Turn into Dragons

The pond in front of Belvedere Castle is a miniature nature preserve that, over the years, has attracted everything from ducks and turtles to a rare species of dragonfly that hasn’t been seen in the park in decades. Being a designated quiet zone, it’s a perfect place for a writer to let his or her […]

Best Spots in the Park for…

Sometimes you only have time to do one thing in the park, so it’s nice to know where to go when time is tight. Here’s my personal list: One of the best spots for sledding is the Pilgrim Statue (a nice-sized slope without any boulders in the way). Probably the most scenic and comfortable places […]

The Angel of the Waters at the Bethesda Terrace: the Most Powerful Symbol in the Park

‘Now there was at Jerusalem by the sheep’s market a pool having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk: the blind, the halt, and the withered, waiting for the movement of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool and troubled it, and whosoever first […]

Was the Central Park Dairy Ever a Dairy?

If you’ve ever gone to the Central Park Carousel or the Wollman’s Skating Rink, you’ve probably run into the Central Park Dairy along the way. Built in 1870, it’s an exquisite example of Victorian Gothic architecture, with a little bit of gingerbread house thrown in. The loggia (where Christopher Middleton’s Aunt B imagines herself playing […]

Olmsted’s Family–Not Your Typical 19th Century Family by a Long Shot

  When I think of what it might have been like to be a parent in the mid 19th Century, the word ‘indulgent’ isn’t what comes to mind, yet that was exactly what John Olmsted, Frederick Law Olmsted’s father, was to young Fred. Tragically, Fred’s mother died before he turned four, and one might imagine […]

The Mineral Water Pavilion In Central Park: A Treasure Lost to Time

Although it would eventually be razed in 1957, the Mineral Water Pavilion delighted the inhabitants of the city for nearly a century. Clean water was a major problem for New York for much of its history. Several epidemics of cholera swept the metropolis throughout the early 1800s, costing many thousands of lives, so the advent […]

It Took More Gunpowder Than Was Used in the Battle of Gettysburg to Construct Central Park

In Book One of my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, Christopher Middleton, the main character,  mentions that it took more gunpowder than was used in the Battle of Gettysburg to construct Central Park. I also have one of the statues (yes, the statues talk in my books) compare Christopher’s personal challenges to the […]

Aspen, Colorado: Just a Short (Private) Jet Ride from NYC

If you happen to be like Ashley Ferguson, one of the characters in my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, you have a choice of which resort to visit over winter vacation. However, when it comes to skiing the choices narrow considerably, and you are forced to make the difficult decision between Aspen and […]

Skating in Central Park: As Popular Back in the mid-1800s as it is Today

Today, there are two skating rinks in Central Park, one in the north end and one in the south, but there used to be only one in the middle . . . the Ramble Lake. When the park was  first opened to the public in the late 1860’s, skating was a popular sport and brought […]