Partnering with the Museum of the City of New York, Urban Memory Project is offering a five session workshop series on reading, writing and documenting the city

WHEN:  Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5 and 12, 2014,     4:30 – 6:30 pm

WHERE:  The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

What makes each borough unique? How does the history of each shape the city we live in today? In conjunction with the Museum’s photography exhibition Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities, and in partnership with the Urban Memory Project, discover the distinctive characteristics of the boroughs through reading, writing, and discussion techniques while interacting with primary and secondary sources from the Museum’s collection.

Five session workshop cost: $150 per participant. Reservations are required. To register, please call 917.492.3492. Tickets to individual sessions are available on a limited basis. For more information, please email

October 15: Queens: Explore historic Queens through photographs documenting its agricultural roots and its residential and neighborhood histories, and create an interactive timeline of the borough.

October 22: Bronx: Practice close readings of images and texts, interview a long-time Bronx community resident, and interview your colleagues to learn how to document oral histories.

October 29: Brooklyn: Use authentic 19th century artifacts found in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to examine the daily lives of Brooklynites before consolidation. Then, engage in small and large group discussions while addressing current local issues in Brooklyn.

November 5: Manhattan: Discover the physical and demographic changes in East Harlem through close examination of maps and census records from the early to mid-1900s.

November 12: Staten Island: Visit the Museum’s archives to examine maps, prints, and photographs of Staten Island. Create a personal narrative based on the documents and sources.

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