Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks at the Museum of NYC
Oct 9 through Mar 21
Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks presents the work of photographer Joel Meyerowitz, who has spent more than three years recording wild places in New York City's parks. Located in all five boroughs, these escapes to the woodlands, streams, waterfronts, marshes, and beaches are among the city's greatest assets, yet they are hidden in plain sight. These wild areas, which have been left or returned to their natural state through the city’s “Forever Wild” initiative, include the craggy highlands of Manhattan, the sea-facing marshes of Brooklyn, the rocky, Maine-like coastline of the Bronx, and the nearly impenetrable forests of Queens and Staten Island. Through his photographs, Meyerowitz transports the viewer into the heart of a lush wilderness, while portraying pockets of nature as an inextricable part of city life today.
Legacy is part of a larger project that was initiated in 2006, when Meyerowitz was asked by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to photograph the 29,000 acres maintained and protected by the New York City park system. When completed, the project will constitute the first extended documentation of New York’s parks since the 1930s, when they were photographed for Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA program.
A companion book of the same title, published by the Aperture Foundation, is available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
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There is a suggested admission fee of up to $10, but it's pay what you can and no one is turned away for lack of funds according to the museum.
We will meet just inside the entrance near the admission desk. Look for others who have RSVPed. I will email my phone number out to those that RSVP 24 hours before the event.
Train: 6 train to 103rd
Bus: 1,2,3,4, 101,102, 103, 98, Bus Map
Crosstown bus: 106 (from trains 1,2,3,B,C at 96th St.)
Museum is at Fifth Avenue at 103rd St