Eric K. Washington
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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
I am a licensed New York City tour guide and author. My book, "Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal" (Liveright), received the GANYC Apple Award from the Guides Association of New York City. I'm also author of the local history book, "Manhattanville: Old Heart of West Harlem" (Arcadia), and a contributor to the travel guidebook, "New York City by Bus and Subway" (Rod Kennedy Jr, Editor). My writing and photography has appeared in numerous print and online publications.
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
New York City, Harlem, Upper Manhattan
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Europe, Caribean
Other travel / language expertise?
France, Barbados/English, French

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Whither Do Thou Lie, Philip Livingston? Hither or Thither?

One hates to split hairs. Especially the hairs of the dead. But a joyful discovery in my local cemetery was soon followed by an almost instant disappointment.


According to a few 19th-century published references, the remains of New York's own Philip Livingston--one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776--were buried in Trinity…


Posted on October 20, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Harlem's own chamber music series, "An Afternoon of Bach"

On Sunday, November 13th, 3pm, I'll again be hosting Music at St. Mary's matinée series with the Harlem Chamber Players. The program, "An Afternoon of Bach," features Brandenburg Concertos No. 5 & 6, Violin Concerto in A Minor, and Air on the G String from Suite No. 3. Visit the Harlem Chamber Players website for program and ticket-buying details. St. Mary's Episcopal Church is located at 521 West 126th Street, New York, NY… Continue

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 7:44pm

"The Tour Guide" book signing & discussion by author Jonathan R. Wynn

Author Jonathan R. Wynn will discuss and sign his new book, "The Tour Guide," this Sunday, November 13th, 7pm, at Think Coffee, 248 Mercer Street. He'll be joined by NYC guides Justin Ferate, Seth Kamil, Jane Marx and Eric K. Washington. The event is free.…


Posted on November 7, 2011 at 7:33pm

Virtue S. Harm, An Intriguing New York City Headstone

Virtue would be 120 years old today, if she (or he?) were alive.


I was walking off a foul mood the other day through Trinity Church Cemetery—my local cemetery—when one of those curious headstone inscriptions grabbed me:



FEB. 23, 1891

JAN. 30,…


Posted on February 23, 2011 at 3:51pm

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At 3:14am on July 12, 2011, Margaret Andrzejewska-Bancewicz said…
The French Emperor, Napoleon the First and his Code. In fact, all major plagues in Gdansk ended when Napoleon established the Free City of Gdansk (1807 ) and ordered all the church cemetaries to be removed beyond the city limits.
At 7:28am on May 15, 2011, Margaret Andrzejewska-Bancewicz said…
If we invite the guides from 50 countries worldwide, very soon you will have a ready material for a new book: Guide to ... Regards, Margaret 

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