Allison C. Meier is a Brooklyn-based writer focusing on the arts and overlooked history. Currently, she is staff writer atHyperallergic, and moonlights as a cemetery tour guide at New York burial grounds. These tours are focused on cemeteries as places of history, art, and architecture, as well as concerned in keeping our memorial sites visible for preservation and remembrance. At PechaKucha Night NYC Vol 16, Allison discusses these often abandoned and forgotten spaces right in the middle of our bustling city - reminding us the importance of slowing down.
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New York: City on a Grid
BY GERARD KOEPPEL
@ VOL 7
ON DEC 04, 2015
Actor David Duchovny (!) says of Gerard Koeppel's new book: “ I’ve spent most of my life walking the straight lines of the world’s greatest city, and have never thought to ask: Is this a different shape from other cities, and if so, why, and who did it? Koeppel’s book answers these questions, in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page. This is one of those books you always wished would be written, and here it is. Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of New York and cities generally, and bound to fuel cocktail conversations up, down, and across the city for years to come.”
Listen here for a whirlwind history of NY's grid as it develops!
Gerard Koeppel writes history, mostly New York related, but also in anything from magazines and journals to historical signage in city parks. He was also a captain of a charter sailboat, an awful law student, a licensed hack (out of a Greenwich Village taxi garage), and then, for many years, a radio reporter/writer/editor/producer, mostly with CBS News.
Message in a Bottle
BY GEORGE BOORUJY
@ VOL 8
ON MAR 04, 2016
George Boorujy was born and bred in New Providence New Jersey, and now lives in Brooklyn, along with almost everyone else. He is represented by P.P.O.W. gallery in New York, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.
Check out George's project, New York Pelagic, here!
Read about the bottle that washed up on a beach in France here!
Bringing a Big Boat Back to Life
BY LIZ MCENANEY
@ VOL 8
ON MAR 04, 2016
Liz McEnaney is an urban historian and preservatioist who has worked in exotic locales such as Maputo, New Delhi, and even New York City! She co-founded BldgBlok - an app that provides tourists with location-based historic content.
Liz's latest restoration project is a big one! The SS Columbia - America's oldest excursion steamship - is making its way back to the Hudson River - listen to her tale of bringing the ship back to life!
Learn more about the SS Columbia project here
The Future of Flooding
BY SAMUEL BUDIN
@ VOL 16
ON SEP 01, 2016
Samuel Lang Budin is a social documentary photographer living in Brooklyn and working primarily in the depressive realist mode. He makes 35mm and medium format slide shows about climate change anxiety, aging and death, naked people in their own homes, the personal discomforts of travel, and the encroaching sea. Just you wait!
Dance is the BEST
BY ERIK THURMOND
@ VOL 17
ON MAR 09, 2017
Eric Thurmond is often asked what it means to be a dancer...to which he wonders if people understand what dance actually is. At PechaKucha Night NYC, he explains the four elements of dance, with some live demonstrations!
Erik is a performer from Snellville, Georgia. He has danced all over the world and shown his work in Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Houston, Detroit and New York City. His work centers around ideas of obsession, control and desire.
Bird, Meet Skyscraper
BY DEBRA KRIENSKY
@ NEW YORK BUILD
ON MAR 16, 2017
Conservation biologist and bird lover Debra Kriensky discusses the importance of bird safety in architectural design in this PechaKucha presentation for NY Build.
Debra Kriensky works at NYC Audubon - where she works on conservation and research programs as a staff conservation biologist. Debra holds a BA in communications from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MA in conservation biology from Columbia University.
A Car-Free Solution in a Transportation Crisis
BY CRICKET DAY
@ VOL 18
ON MAY 18, 2017
Friends Cricket Day, Chris Robbins, and Becca Groban have a solution to the looming transportation crisis hitting New York City in 2019! Listen to their logical solution in this PechaKucha presentation in celebration of NYCxDesign.
Cricket Day, Chris Robbins, Becca Groban, and Kellen Parker are four friends who love to argue about their adopted home, NYC. With backgrounds in landscape architecture, journalism, city planning, and financial risk, the group won Transportation Alternatives’ L-ternative Visions: Reimagining 14th Street and Beyond in March.
Ribbon of Green: DL&W Rail Trail
BY JAJEAN ROSE-BURNEY
@ VOL 19
ON MAR 14, 2018
"Amid a dense urban environment, a beautiful ribbon of green stretches off into the distance…”
In Ribbon of Green: DL&W Rail Trail from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, Deputy Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, Jajean Burney, describes the vision of a 1.5-mile elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail on the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad corridor in Buffalo, New York. Similar to the High Line park in Manhattan, where an abandoned stretch of the New York Central Railroad has been transformed to a vibrant public space, the goal of the DL&W Rail Trail is to redevelop an obsolete infrastructure as public space to encourage human connection with nature and neighborhoods.