Inside the Brownstone

WHO'S YOUR NEW AMSTERDAM ANCESTOR? When I turned Catalina Trico into Mevrouw Jackie Lambert, I didn't expect to hear from Susan or Bryan. What were the odds two descendants of a Manhattan tavern keeper 400 years ago would read my novel of New Amsterdam and get in touch? Pretty good it turns out ... More of Who's Your New Amsterdam Ancestor?
-- Bill Greer

REVIEW OF MEVROUW: "[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages ... Readers are guaranteed a genuine adventure that will evoke the full range of human emotions. Once begun, they can expect to experience that rare difficulty in putting down a book before they have finished."
-- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York

Walking New York: Mevrouw's Manhattan: A self-guided walking tour of lower Manhattan where remnants of New Amsterdam are written in the streetscape. With block by block stories of places and people from the Dutch era.


New Amsterdammers: Vignettes of the people who settled the Hudson Valley when the Dutch ruled the place. Simple snapshots but together they give a flavor of the place. Featured: Stuyvesant and Bayard - A Romance.


Notorious New Yorkers: New York has had its share of scandal in four centuries. Meet many who brought fame and shame to the city. Featured New Yorker: Griet Reyniers was New York's first high-class hooker. This mistress of an early Dutch Director measured manliness with a broomstick. More Notorious New Yorkers.


New York in Literature: From the endless shelf of books on New York, here are a handful of my favorites.


Dutch Days: Everything in the brownstone related to New York's Dutch heritage plus some entertaining spots around the web. CURRENT FEATURE: Sex and the City - The Early Years. - In this bawdy look at Dutch Manhattan, meet New York's first woman on the prowl and many more of the libertine characters who called New Amsterdam home. More Dutch Days.


Travel Adventures: Brooklyn is home, but I love traveling the world. Featured Adventure: A Village near the Sky - Greater Tibet, 2002. More Travel Adventures.


Historical Tales: Indulging my interest in the collision when Europeans ventured out to the rest of the world, I've written a few dramatized histories. Featured Tale: Broken Chain - How the White and Indian Worlds Remembered the Arrival of Henry Hudson and the Dutch. More Historical Tales.


The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan: Read a piece from my bawdy tale of life on the Hudson as told by Mevrouw Jackie Lambert, the sharpest observer of Manhattan society since Dutchmen bought the island from the Indians.

Bill's Book

The Mevrouw Who
Saved Manhattan
A Novel of New Amsterdam

"A very authentic ring,
like etchings by
Van Ostade and Steen."

-- Charles Wendell, Ph.D.,
President of the
New Netherland Institute

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on a madcap ride through
New York history.

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What readers say:

"Hilarious. Jackie had me
laughing out loud."

"Authority beyond question."

"People and action [are]
right on the money."

"Gets better and
better ... toward a
highly satisfying resolution."

"How lusty those Dutch are."