Chuck D’Imperio is a well-known radio personality in Upstate New York and the author of several books that celebrate the region, including Monumental New York! A Guide to 30 Iconic Memorials in Upstate New York, Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures, and A Taste of Upstate New York: The People and the Stories Behind 40 Food Favorites. He lives in Oneonta.
Now an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories. The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called "Humans of New York," in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes.
The blog has steadily grown, now boasting millions of devoted followers. Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog. With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York.
Surprising and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.
The product of this labor of love is Great Graves of Upstate New York: Final Resting Places of 70 True American Legends.
Many of the names are familiar to any AmericanWilliam Rockefeller, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), Frederick Douglass, Lucille Ball, and Harriet Tubman, and four U.S. presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, and Chester Arthur.
An equally colorful host of local characters who shaped the culture of Upstate New York are also featured, including: Kate Smith, The God Bless America Girl; mafia figure Joe Joe the Barber Barbara; Dr. Mary Walker, Americas only female Congressional Medal of Honor winner; Jennie Grossinger, The Catskills Innkeeper; and Ernie Davis, The Pride of the Syracuse Orangemen.
From Syracuse to West Point to Binghamton, and on to Cooperstown, Niagara Falls, and Lake Placid, Great Graves of Upstate New York is not only a fact-filled volume on the regions cemeteries, museums, and historical sites, but a peek into the lives of 70 distinguished individuals who have shaped American history.