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Book Talk: Names of New York on April 20, 2021 - Virtual

United States Architecture News - Apr 15, 2021 - 13:11   1204 views

Book Talk: Names of New York on April 20, 2021 - Virtual

Join MAS for a free virtual book talk with author Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, who will be joined in conversation by Dylan Thuras (Co-Founder, Atlas Obscura) to discuss his new book, Names of New York: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future Through Its Place Names. 

There will be introductory remarks by Tara Kelly, Vice President for Policy and Programs at MAS, and time for audience Q&A towards the end of the program.

This event is free with RSVP but donations are encouraged.


In place-names lie stories.

That’s the truth that animates this fascinating journey through the names of New York City’s streets and parks, boroughs and bridges, playgrounds and neighborhoods.

Exploring the power of naming to shape experience and our sense of place, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro traces the ways in which native Lenape, Dutch settlers, British invaders, and successive waves of immigrants have left their marks on the city’s map. He excavates the roots of many names, from Brooklyn to Harlem, that have gained iconic meaning worldwide. He interviews the last living speakers of Lenape, visits the harbor’s forgotten islands, lingers on street corners named for ballplayers and saints, and meets linguists who study the estimated eight hundred languages now spoken in New York.

As recent arrivals continue to find new ways to make New York’s neighborhoods their own, the names that stick to the city’s streets function not only as portals to explore the past but also as a means to reimagine what is possible now.

Event Name: Book Talk: Names of New York

Date: April 20, 2021, 5-6PM

Location: Zoom

Type: Virtual event hosted on Zoom Webinar

Tickets: Free!

For further questions, contact Name: Jacqueline Muallem

Contact Email: [email protected].

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