This is a 1920's post card view of the southern half of Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York. The home at 260 Ocean Avenue, which we would move into in 1953 had not been built. If it were there it would have been on the far left of the picture, down about four lots.
Writing is a recent thing for me. After retiring and starting an antiques business with my wife, Cindy, my first effort was My Amityville: Memories of a Golden Time, a self-published gift to my two sons. a humble but rewarding project. Now I am hooked. Perhaps life does begin at 70.
A love of woodworking with traditional hand tools has consumed my free time since early adulthood. For much of that time I kept a journal describing the furniture projects I was working on. I transcribed the journal, including all my sketches, and have that work for anyone interested. I am not sure it rises to the level of "publishable" but I continue to look for the right opportunity.
Writing My Amityville was a joy and the research of early Amityville begged a second book about the history and people of Ocean Avenue. This was a more serious project and was first published in September of 2018.
The next project is a novel set in 1920s Amityville with the baymen turned rum-runners pitted against the Coast Guard. It is the story of the son of a clammer lost in the changing times of the new century and driven to defend his friends from an ambitious Coastie who shoots first and asks questions later. It is also the story of Amityville, NY as it changes from a bay-centric workingman's community to a residential playground of the well-heeled New York crowd.