For one of the last meetups part of NYPL’s NYC Space/Time Directory (http://spacetime.nypl.org) project, we will visit the New York Transit Museum (http://www.nytransitmuseum.org/) for a evening about historical transit maps. Join us to hear about the streetcars, elevated trains, ferries and railroads in use before the construction of the underground subway system, key moments in subway map-making, and maps of New York City’s unbuilt public transit plans.
Before and after the talks, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Museum’s exhibitions. The newly-opened exhibition From Fulton Ferry: Building Downtown Brooklyn (http://www.nytransitmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/exhibits/) tells the story of the role of transportation in the development of Brooklyn.
• 6:00PM: Doors
• 6:30PM: Introduction by Bert Spaan, organizer of this meetup series.
• 6:40PM: Speakers:
Kathleen Hulser: Kathleen Hulser is curator at the New York Transit Museum. She will talk about how maps represent ideas of the city, as well as practical guides to navigation. The tension between the ambitions of planners and the realities on the ground will provide a foundation for Andrew Lynch’s comments on never-built New York transportation. A selection of maps from the NY Transit Museum archives will complement the digitized images shown in the talks.
Andrew Lynch: Andrew Lynch is a CUNY Hunter Alumni, a Brooklyn based cartographer and transit activist. Lynch is the creator of the blog vanshnookenraggen (http://www.vanshnookenraggen.com/) where he has written extensively about the history of the subways in Boston and New York with a focus on the many unrealized expansion projects throughout the years. Through this research Lynch has also published meticulously designed expansion projects of his own through his futureMBTA and futureNYCSubway projects. Through maps Lynch will discuss the high hopes planners have had throughout the past century only to see them dashed time and time again and what we can learn from these experiences as we try to expand our transit systems for a new century.
The meetup will be free of charge!
Important: this event will take place at the New York Transit Museum (http://www.nytransitmuseum.org/about/contact/) on Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. For GPS directions, use the address “99 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn”.