This was the best! I decided that I should have a YouTube Channel for Heaven on the Hudson. My husband and I were shooting a video for it recently in Riverside Park and I was holding a book for the shot. A woman walked by, saw it, and called out,…

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The delicious eye candy that is 3 Riverside Drive in NYC was once the Kleeberg mansion. Built in 1898, the five-story, 37-foot-wide, 11,000-square-foot limestone and brick home exudes charm with a twinkle. Gargoyles guard it at street level, and a chubby stone cherub perches at its peak, perhaps smiling down…

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The original deed for the site of 1 Riverside Drive in NYC imposed “a ban on erecting a slaughterhouse, brewery, livery stable, carpenter shop, nail factory, sugar refinery, menagerie, ‘or any other manufactory, trade business, or calling which may be in anywise dangerous, noxious, or offensive to the neighboring inhabitants.’”…

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A Reading

Last month I had the lovely opportunity to read excerpts from Heaven on the Hudson to a group of other writers, at a meeting of the Italian American Writers Association. I chose a section from the Introduction, one of my favorite parts of the book because it gives a real…

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Coming Home to Riverside

I’ve traveled a lot this summer: to Croatia, where hubby and I biked up multiple, and very challenging, hills; Amsterdam, where, ironically, we did no biking at all; the Berkshires – biking again, also eating at our favorite Italian restaurant and sampling Chardonnay at our favorite winery with a view;…

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Victorian Society Book Award!

I am so thrilled to share the news that the Victorian Society in America has chosen Heaven on the Hudson: Mansions, Monuments, and Marvels of Riverside Park as a recipient of its 2023 Book Award, "in recognition of its important contribution to the study of art and architecture in the Victorian era." Thank you, Victorian Society!

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337 Riverside Drive: River Mansion

337 Riverside Drive reigns over Riverside Drive from 106th Street, the northernmost corner of a block termed "Paris on the Hudson" for its exquisite design. Also known as River Mansion, the red-brick beauty with distinctive limestone ornamentation at the entrance door and windows boasts 8,550 square feet.

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