I have a beautiful wife - Manuela - and a fantastic son named Liam.
Author bio & book background
Erik Feder wrote "The Feder Guide to Where to Park Your Car in Manhattan (and Where Not to Park It!)" after spending many frustrating years searching for (and occasionally finding) parking spaces in Manhattan. For nearly two decades, he was a video editor and drummer, working and performing all over Manhattan. During this time, Erik was the unfortunate recipient of his share of parking tickets and also had his car towed four times! One of these towing incidences happened even though he had parked correctly. After begging for money at Port Authority to get home and then fighting the City for four months, Erik received a check from the Department of Transportation for the money he had paid to get his car out of the pound. Little did he know at that time that years later he would write a book that explained (among other things) how to fight being towed and ticketed in error. As a result of his extensive research (driving on each and every street in Manhattan, compiling a comprehensive database of all of its street parking regulations) required to compile this book, Erik has become a "Parking Expert". He is proud to say that he has not received a ticket or been towed since the commencement of that research.
The Feder Guide was entirely conceived, researched, compiled and edited by Erik; he also designed and created the book’s cover. Erik was born and raised in New Jersey and went to Rutgers University in Newark where he has a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Music (percussion performance) and video production. As a video editor in Manhattan, Erik worked for MTV, HBO, Showtime, Montel Williams and Maury Povich, among others. He later received a Master's Degree in Land Management and Land Tenure (focus on natural resource management) from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. Erik now lives with his wife Manuela Sander and son Liam, in Bay Shore, Long Island. Manuela received her degree in Tourism and Marketing management in Munich and designed the marketing plan for The Feder Guide
Erik describes the inspiration for making The Feder Guide as follows:
"I was working as a freelance video editor in Manhattan; at these jobs, I usually worked for hours on end in rooms with a wall of TV monitors and no windows - I was always starved for sunlight. On this particular day, we took a short break and I headed straight outside to get some fresh air.
I was out there for about a minute when I noticed a traffic cop walking up the street along a row of parked cars and slapping parking tickets - Bam, Bam, Bam - on each one. In about three minutes I saw five parking tickets given out - at that time this added up to $275 - now it would be $575!
Although it sounds like a cliché, it was as if a proverbial light bulb went off above my head. I remember thinking that someone should write a book listing street parking regulations so that people could plan ahead and have a better understanding of where they could and couldn't park. Soon after, I had the idea to include information about parking facilities. When I learned that this type of book didn't exist, I decided to go for it. I now have plans to do a 'Feder Guide to Where to Park Your Car…' in major cities across America and after that, internationally."
Well, parking - that goes without saying! I am also a musician - I've played drums and percussion professionally for over 20 years now. I started very young :-) My favorite types of music are progressive rock (King Crimson). Jazz (Miles Davis), Classical (Bela Bartok) and World music (Um Kalthoun, Zakir Hussein). I am a football fan - J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS - and enjoy sports like tennis & biking.