Taking Exams…At Times You Just Have to Rely on Street Smarts

Taking exams isn’t fun, but it’s fun making fun of exam-taking. In my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, the main character, Christopher Middleton, doesn’t open a book when it comes to studying for exams. Rather, he relies on what his girlfriend tells him on their early morning walks to school…with amusing results. I […]

The Statue of ‘Black Dan’ in Central Park–A Sight to Behold!

If there’s a statue in Central Park that could send a shiver down your spine, it’s the statue of Daniel Webster; not because of its impressive size but because the sculptor, Thomas Ball, managed to capture ‘God-like Dan’ in all his glory. Back in the 1850s, most everyone had two things in their homes: a […]

Bet You Didn’t Know Even Half of These Amazing Facts About Central Park

I spent several years researching Central Park for my ongoing young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, and, in the process, I came across a number of features of the park that surprised and, in some cases, shocked me. Here are a few of them, and I’d be most curious to know if you were […]

A Geometric Pattern Buried in the Design of Central Park? Does it Really Exist?

When I first began researching Central Park Story, a young adult adventure series set in Central Park in NYC,  I came across a number of features in the park that I considered highly unusual. First, the promenade that extends from the Olmsted Flower Bed and ends at the Bethesda Terrace points due north (rather than […]

A Walk in Central Park After a Blizzard

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7th Regiment Memorial: A Statue by John Quincy Adams Ward

Don’t you just love this statue? So dignified, so noble, so REAL. I love all the statues made by John Quincy Adams Ward (he also made the Indian Hunter and the Pilgrim statues, both of which sit near the Mall, as well as the life-like cougar that overlooks the East River Drive at 78th Street). […]

Old As Time and the Issue of Homelessness in NYC

Old As Time is a character I created in order to put a face on the homeless problem in New York City. Despite the great leaps of progress the city has made in the area of crime, the homeless situation has only worsened over the same span of time. As of March 2015, over 60,ooo […]

Tavern on the Green: No Longer a Retirement Home for Sheep

If you think the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant is swanky, how about the Tavern on the Green, where Ashley’s parents take Christopher out for Thanksgiving dinner in Central Park Story Book One? It used to be a sheepfold at a time when sheep grazed in the Sheep Meadow (yes, you heard me–sheep used to graze in […]

Ashley’s Townhouse on East 68th Street

I don’t know who owns #168 East 68th Street (I believe it’s part of a day school), but I had to come up with an address for Ashley when Christopher goes to meet her parents in Central Park Story Book One, so I chose one of the nicest streets in the city and slapped on […]

The Loeb Boathouse Restaurant…the Perfect Place for a Confrontation

The Loeb Boathouse has two options for dining: a sandwich counter for those who are ‘on the go’, and a formal dining room with views of the lake and the Ramble. Naturally, when Ashley asks Christopher to meet her at the restaurant so she can confront him over his interest in Jennifer (Central Park Story […]