Steve Manes

It was a dark and stormy night
when I moved from my Greenwich Village loft to my house in Brooklyn. Three years later I still had my Welcome to Lower Manhattan! home page. In fact, I hadn't updated it since 1994. For a cutting edge web guy like me that was pretty pathetic. I was waiting for a design inspiration to hit me on the head like a pigeon with heart failure.

But I'm just a back-end web developer and graphically challenged at best. This is the best I've got.

Whoa, wait! Isn't this the old MAGPIE.COM home page? The one that looks like it was built in 1997? Yup!

As of April 2016, the 23 year-old Magpie has retired to Stockport, Cheshire in the UK, where it has a new home, new friends and an exciting new life with the Entertainment Magpie Group. I'll miss her terribly but she's off to bigger and better things.

So, back to this.

If you're a software developer like me, your home page needs a link to your resume. And maybe an obligatory bio.

Then you need to talk about your interests. Most of them are motorcycle and woodworking-oriented. Since I'm a former professional bass player, I wound up inheriting The Bottom Line mailing list, which I relocated to a new Facebook home.

Most personal pages have lots of photos of your significant other, your kids, your shiny new Harley. But I'm unmarried without kids and since I'm usually the guy holding the camera, there aren't that many of me either, at least not in my possession. But here are some pics of my dogs. Of course, Jack and Auggie each have their own web sites. I also have a fairly large photo library on Flickr and some stuff on Pinterest.

Being the verbose guy that I am, I figured that I needed a blog to vent about stuff like the renovation of my 1903 Brooklyn row house. If you have some time, visit

Finally, a home page needs some links to the author's favorite web sites. While I spend a lot of time on the web, I don't have many favorite URLs, or at least none that I'll admit to. Okay, here's a bone: one site I frequent is Forgotten New York -- a great find for NYC insomniacs. I also like our local independent news site, Gothamist.

Edited 4/13/16 by Steve Manes