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  • I'm a second-generation New Yorker, journalist and the author of three books. No matter if you're writing about what happened yesterday, or 200 years ago, it's pretty much the same process. You gather together as many sources as time permits, analyse them, and presto! There's the story! I find my sources everywhere: walking on the streets, searching in archives, watching documentaries, talking to people, looking at old family photos, reading books, listening to the radio: you name it. Stories are everywhere.

My new book-- DEVIL'S MILE: THE RICH, GRITTY HISTORY OF THE BOWERY--will be out this July. Here's what critics are saying: 


"A lively portrait of New York's 'other street'...New York buffs, especially those nostalgic for a grittier time, will find this a learned pleasure." —Kirkus Reviews


"With the Bowery as the common thread binding together centuries of stories, Devil's Mile introduces us to the wide-ranging cast of characters—among them functionaries, farmers, artists and toughs—responsible for making Bowery history, then and now." —Kerri Culhane, architectural and urban historian and author, The Bowery National Register of Historic Places Nomination


"Devil's Mile is a terrific read. Alice Sparberg Alexiou knows her history, and she brings it all brimming to life here in the story of the Bowery, the most notorious street America." —Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd


"It's a great pleasure to have this detailed and fascinating history of New York's most notorious avenue, the Bowery." —Jim Jarmusch, filmmaker, musician