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The BROADWAY: 1000 Steps (Origins)

  • intersection of Broadway and Lispenard (map)

The BROADWAY: 1000 Steps Baton – Canal Street to Bowling Green: The Origins of the City

Community activist and Professor of Planning, Michael Levine, will reveal the rapidly changing demographic and environmental trends of Lower Manhattan, while chair of the CB1 Financial District Committee, Ro Shaffe, will share his deep knowledge of the area’s history that has given way to its current conditions. Wellington Chen, Director of the Chinatown Partnership, will speak about the prolific history of Chinatown area and discuss the current social and environmental challenges of this focal community. Annaline Dinkelmann, founder of Wall Street Walks, will share her knowledge about the history of the Financial District, dating all the way back to Manhattan’s Dutch settlers.

BROADWAY: 1000 Steps is a project by Mary Miss to turn the oldest avenue of NYC into a “green corridor” where insights into our surroundings – from streets and buildings, to transportation and waste, to energy and the climate – can be made apparent and accessible at ground level. This project, to be inaugurated next spring 2013, will be implemented at up to twenty “hubs” dispersed along its length, from the Bronx to the Battery. Each hub will serve as a site for installations that reveal the urban infrastructure, decode the environment and suggest what the future city might be. This project is intended as a catalyst for interventions and projects by other artists, environmental designers, and citizens along Broadway, at additional sites in NYC and cities across the country.

NOTE: This walk is part of a continuous series of walks taking place on Sunday, May 5th.

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Date: Sunday May 6, 2012

Event Start: The intersection of Broadway and Lispenard, one block South of Canal

Event End: Bowling Green

Host: Michael Levine, Ro Schaffe, Wellington Chen, Margaret Sagan

Registration: No need to RSVP, just show up at the posted meeting place.

Accessibility: Fully Accessible

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