Today I’m pleased to have my debut piece in Curbed NY - an article over a year in the making.
It all began last April (during research for Windsor Terrace, I reckon) when I found this New York Times article from April 23, 1891 about “prominent Brooklyn men” up in arms over the prospect of an electrified trolley system, which they painted as “dangerous to property, man, and beast”.
Their arguments sounded strangely like those used by “Neighbors For Better Bike Lanes” against the bike lane on the same stretch of pavement over a century later. I resolved to research further. It took me a while to find the time, but I finally did.