Esther Crain

Esther Crain is an author, historian, and native New Yorker. In 2008 she launched the website Ephemeral New York, where she writes and publishes stories every week that chronicle Gotham’s past through old photos, newspaper archives, vintage artwork, and other artifacts

Her first book, New York City in 3D in the Gilded Age, was published in 2014, and her second book, The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910, hit bookstore shelves two years later. Both books have been featured and reviewed in city publications and have made Esther a popular source for information on Gotham during the Gilded Age.

Esther speaks regularly on topics relating to New York City history, and she
conducts walking tours that explore Riverside Drive, Ladies Mile, the Bowery, Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, and many more of New York’s hidden pockets and little-known corners.

Bowery Boys Walks Tours:

“Gilded Age Riverside Drive Tour”

Podcasts Featuring Esther: