“New York City’s history is fantastically deep and rich. Despite the best efforts of the city’s developers and political powers to obliterate it all, there’s still much of it left to see and many stories to tell—if you have the right guides. You’ll find none better than James and Michelle Nevius in this ingeniously conceived, thoroughly informed, and companionably written time machine of a book.”—John Strausbaugh, author of The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village
“With lightly carried erudition and the skills born of guiding many visitors—as well as curious natives—James and Michelle Nevius will take you by the hand and tell you amazing true tales. They are the Marco Polos of New York City.”—Mac Griswold, author of The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island
“Reading Footprints in New York is like wandering through the city’s history with smart friends. The pages are full of compelling details that mesh together in surprising ways, and throughout shines true affection: you sense that Michelle and James Nevius are rightly proud of New York for being America’s most fascinating place.”—TM Rives, author of Secret New York: An Unusual Guide
“I truly love Footprints in New York. I couldn’t stop reading, even when I was reading about things I already knew. James and Michelle Nevius made me feel like I was with them on a personal tour.”—Mitch Broder, author of Discovering Vintage New York: A Guide to the City’s Timeless Shops, Bars, Delis, & More.
Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce the April 15, 2014 release of Footprints in New York (978-0-7627-9636-6; $19.95 paperback), by James and Michelle Nevius.
NYC tour guides and authors James and Michelle Nevius explore the lives of 20 iconic New Yorkers—from Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant to Alexander Hamilton, park architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to JP Morgan and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.—and use them to guide the reader through four centuries of the city’s story. Beginning with the oldest standing building in the city, a 1652 farmhouse in Brooklyn, and journeying all the way to the rebuilding of the WorldTradeCenter, the book follows in the footsteps of these iconic New Yorkers.
The authors tell the stories of everyone from slave traders and long-forgotten politicians to the movers and shakers of Gilded Age society and the Greenwich Village folk scene. One part history and one part personal narrative, Footprints in New York creates a different way of looking at the past, exploring new connections and forgotten chapters in the story of America’s greatest metropolis.
James and Michelle Nevius have been leading historical and architectural walking tours of New York City for many years. They are authors of two previous books, Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City and Frommer’s 24 Great Walks in New York. They’ve spoken at the New-York Historical Society (recorded for CSPAN’s “Book TV”), on Discovery Network’s “Curious and Unusual Deaths,” and on many radio programs including the Brian Lehrer Show, Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio, and WFUV’s Cityscape with George Bodarky.