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(she/her) CUNY law professor, scholar of environmental justice and human rights, urbanist, author of Naming Gotham, mom, optimist (mostly) #climate #environmentaljustice #nyc #history #environment #climatechange #history #SCUBA #ecology ☮️🌎🌈🌹🌱

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Happy Casimir Pulaski Day! Fun Fact: Pulaski was the father of the American Cavalry and was almost definitely intersex. Researching Pulaski was a fun part of writing @history @histodons

Oil painting of Pulaski leading the Bar Confederation against Stanislaus II Augusutus (Russian puppet king of Poland)
Casimir Pulaski

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@blogdiva @history @histodons Orson Wells' aliens invaders used the Pulaski Skyway to navigate to NYC in The War of the Worlds.

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164 years ago today, Lincoln gave his "RIGHT MAKES MIGHT" speech at Cooper Union. William Cullen Bryant published the speech on the front page of The Post. While in NYC, Lincoln stayed at The Astor Hotel. Read about Bryant, Cooper, and Astor in .

p.s. While in NYC, Lincoln sat for this famous Matthew Brady Photo. Lincoln claimed that the NYC day (and Brady and Cooper) made him president. @histodons @history

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@histodons @history for those interested, here is link to Naming Gotham https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/products/9781467151405

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Such a pleasure co-writing this blog post with CUNY Law 3L Jaclyn Spencer. Daylighting is an important , , and story. Yet another example of how writing enriched my scholarship. The City University of New York has wonderful students! @history @histodons

https://happyeconews.com/daylighting-tibbetts-brook/

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Hey NYC-Watcha doin tonight? Wanna come spill some NYC history tea with me? You know you wonder who Totten was and why there are multiple shellfish named after him! Plus, All your Shea needs met! Bayside Historical Society, tonight at 7:30. Link in comments. @histodons

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Got this text from a young friend yesterday. My first thought--"This is the kind of spontaneous publicity I need." Does anyone but me get it? @histodons

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    Is there a German word for the feeling when one of your favorite former students tweets that their dad is reading your book? @histodons

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    Today is apparently National "Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day" in Canada. I'm traveling back 400 years to watch Anne Hutchinson wipe the floor with Puritan Governor John Winthrop during her sedition trial. Where are you going? @histodons

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    @pjandy @histodons Pretty sure that with pretend time traveling you get to set your own rules.

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    Exactly one year ago today, I unboxed the first copies of Naming Gotham. I got to spend a year sharing on podcasts, giving public lectures, & doing news interviews with PBS, Daily News, Hellgate (+ so many more). What an adventure! Thank you all for the support.

    P.S. Books make great presents! @histodons

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    One of the best things about Naming Gotham has been the opportunities it created for me to reconnect with old friends and former students. @histodons

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    Happy 80th Birthday to Billie Jean King. She is DEFINITELY one of the in . Researching and writing the chapter about her was inspiring! I got to relive watching her wipe the floor with Bobby Riggs as a kid. Plus I learned how she has been a leader on and + rights @histodons

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    This was a really fun podcast to record. I mean, who doesn't love the opportunity to talk about how great Jackie Robinson was (and I definitely have a soft-spot for Adam Clayton Powell Jr.) @histodons https://www.battingthebreeze.com/beyond-the-baseball-color-line.

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    Join me for a Zoom BOOK TALK: Naming Gotham: The Villains, Rogues and Heroes Behind New York’s Place Names Today (11/10) 3 P.M.

    Registration Link: https://gc-cuny-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqde2gqTMsGdEnJO2QMslB-FZWnfRrL2eg#/registration

    Hosted by The CUNY Academy

    The Van Wyck, the Major Deegan, the Bruckner, the Hutch, the Jackie Robinson . . . these road are named for people. Who were they? The people behind iconic Gotham landmarks offer a unique window into the history of the greatest city in the world. @histodons

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    On 11/5/68, Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. "Fighting" Shirley Chisholm rocked the House to its foundations. We all benefit from her trailblazing legacy. Definitely one of the heroes! @histodons https://www.amazon.com/Naming-Gotham-Villains-Rogues-Heroes/dp/1467151408

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    @wa7iut @histodons @lisamelton thanks for sharing this link!

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    Daniel Mainwaring and I talk about Naming Gotham. We dig deep into what the names NYC gives its roads and bridges tells us about who we think we are, and about who gets to decide what counts as history. Plus, Dan experiences the "joys" of traffic on the Major Deegan. @histodons https://open.spotify.com/episode/2hDiVtiQ3WvnEV4jLDNcyX?si=4fPCfvofTduyyZ5wx33uXg

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    Take a look at the "classical" error in the set-up of these gorgeous Cycladic pieces that I saw in the gift shop of the Cycladic Museum in Athens.
    🎥 Talking about gift shops: Did you watch Through the Mirror of Chess: A Cultural Exploration yet? This is a great time to get the DVD which is now for a limited time for sale with a big discount on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com//dp/B0C13M1B84/
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    Film page: https://ideasroadshow.com/chess/

    @classics @academicchatter @histodons

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    beautiful figures.
    I would easily be confused though as to which was which, and on which side @IdeasRoadshow @classics @academicchatter @histodons

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    Great fun talking with the inimitable Rafael Pi Roman about Naming Gotham, NYC history, and the gossipy backstory for so much urban infrastructure. @histodons https://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2023/10/naming-gotham-0fxfe0/

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    This is the first time I combined Naming Gotham, environmental justice, and sailing the Pacific on the Endeavour in a single podcast episode. @histodons Listening to "Slow Boat to New Zealand? Rebecca Bratspies Shares Her Story" at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1017079/13453481

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    On this rainy dreary day, want to cuddle up with a good book? How about with a podcast about a good book? I had fun talking with
    about Major Deegan's less-than-spectacular military career, Kosciuszko's anti-slavery advocacy, Pulaski's gender identity and so much more! @histodons https://open.spotify.com/episode/2VID2DfvJtcFR6ClgZ72mC?si=rpUfCS-MROOAlXZr2UpWQQ

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    Spent a wonderful evening with a room full of New York historians! So honored that my book Naming Gotham won the 2023 APHNYS award for Excellence in Promoting Local History! @histodons

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    @rejinl @histodons thank you

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    Hey , Naming Gotham book talk tonight at Housing Works! Moderated by Municipal Arts Society President Elizabeth Goldstein. If you're in town, come geek out with me about bureaucrats with roads, civil rights legends, & more (p.s. Housing Works has a bar . . .)
    >>6 pm. 126 Crosby St.<<
    https://www.mas.org/events/book-launch-conversation-rebecca-bratspies-naming-gotham/

    @histodons

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    Hey New Yorkers, need a NYC gossip/history fix? Join me on 8/23 for the first MAS + Housing Works author series. MAS President Elizabeth Goldstein and I will talk about Naming Gotham.Doors @ 6 PM. Event @ 6:30 PM. RSVP here: https://www.mas.org/events/book-launch-conversation-rebecca-bratspies-naming-gotham/ @histodons

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    @histodons p.s. the link says "buy tickets" but that is just the standard form. The event is free.

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    Seriously New Jersey?? Who thought it would be a good idea to name the entry to a suburban neighborhood "Loyalist Way"??? Right near a whole lot of Revolutionary War battle sites??? And of course the neighborhood is "Wellington West." The practically writes itself. @histodons

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    Hey Mastodoners (is that a thing?) I just found out that my book Naming Gotham won an award for history excellence!! It's not public yet so I can't share the details, but wow! I am over the moon thrilled. @histodons (photo of some lovely just for fun)

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