Publications

Great Trees of New York Map

Great Trees of New York Map

I edited and authored the Great Trees of New York Map (2021) for Blue Crow Media. The fold-out publication features 50 of the oldest, rarest, strangest, and most historic trees across New York City’s five boroughs, from the 350-year-old “Alley Pond Giant” in Queens to the wizened Camperdown elm in Prospect Park. Original photographs by Colin Montgomery join my descriptions and essay.

Wildflowers of New York City

I contributed an introductory essay to Wildflowers of New York City, a photography book by Andrew Garn that was published by Cornell University Press. It explores over 2,000 wildflowers that flourish around the five boroughs. These wildflowers are often overlooked and I love the way that Garn has captured their beauty. The book is available from Cornell University Press.

Midwest Architecture Journeys

I contributed an essay on architect Bruce Goff and his fantastic futuristic architecture to Midwest Architecture Journeys, out October 2019 from Belt Publishing. The book explores the architecture of the Midwest United States through essays by architects, critics, and journalists.

The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. VI

My essay on early New Orleans carnival art is included in The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. VI. This fall 2019 release from the Public Domain Review publication features art and writing on curious history ranging from dancing plagues to medieval toys.

Concrete New York

I edited and authored the 2017 Concrete New York Map for Blue Crow Media. It features 50 sites of concrete architecture in New York City, dating from the 1870s to the present. Brutalist behemoths in the Bronx, experimental modernism in Manhattan, 19th-century architecture in Brooklyn, military infrastructure in Queens, and a most curious bookstore on Staten Island are all included. Photographs by Jason Woods illustrate the printed map.

Press for Concrete New York: New York Times, Fast Company,The Architect’s NewspaperTelegraphArchitectural DigestCurbedArchDailyUntapped Cities

Art Deco New York

I edited and authored the 2018 Art Deco New York Map for Blue Crow Media. It features 50 sites of Art Deco architecture in New York City, from icons like the Chrysler Building to abandoned structures on an off-limits island. Photographs by Jason Woods illustrate the printed map.

Press for Art Deco New York: ArchDaily, We Heart, Curbed, Untapped Cities

Vestiges & Verse

I contributed an essay on the enigmatic artist James Edward Deeds, Jr. for the catalogue for Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic (January 21, 2018–May 27, 2018) at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. The exhibition featured 21 self-taught artists who worked with narrative.

Cemetery Symbols Zine

I collaborated with illustrator Bronwyn Hazelwood on this zine guide to cemetery symbols. It has 20 pages exploring the meanings behind popular tombstone iconography.