This Wednesday, August 23 from 6-8 PM, join us for the first Municipal Art Society of New York + Housing Works author series program with Rebecca Bratspies, moderated by Elizabeth Goldstein. The pair will join in conversation about Rebecca’s recent publication, Naming Gotham.
Copies of Rebecca’s book will be available for purchase. There will also be snacks and drinks available for purchase. The event is free & open to the public.
About the Book
New York’s many roads, bridges, tunnels, neighborhoods and institutions bear the names of a diverse cast of characters. The Kosciuszko Bridge honors Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish American Revolutionary War hero and fervent abolitionist. The Outerbridge Crossing, named after the Port Authority’s first chairman, Eugenius Outerbridge, is called a crossing because Outerbridge Bridge sounded absurd. Shirley Chisholm State Park celebrates the first Black woman elected to Congress, the larger-than-life Shirley Chisholm. Clifford Holland originally designed his tunnel under the Hudson River to accommodate horse carts.
These place names embody the rich history of the city that never sleeps, yet few know their true stories. Author Rebecca Bratspies uncovers the vibrant personalities behind the names that have become New York’s urban shorthand for traffic jams, culture and recreation.
Banner Image: Book launch graphic. Image Credit – MAS