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City of Women Map 2.0: A Conversation with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and Julie Scelfo

September 19, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$15 / $10 for Members

In New York City, there has been a timely push to publicly commemorate women who have made important contributions to the city’s development over time. On September 19th, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, co-editor of Nonstop Metropolis and co-creator of the City of Women map, will join journalist Julie Scelfo for a conversation on the significance of mapping New York City’s cultural history while shedding light on the names of the unsung heroines who contributed to it. A newly updated City of Women map will be unveiled, further celebrating and memorializing women who have shaped New York City from the very beginning.

Currently on view in the exhibition, Navigating New York and featured in Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, the City of Women map pays “homage to some of the great and significant women of New York City in the places where they lived, worked, competed, went to school, danced, painted, wrote, rebelled, organized, philosophized, taught, and made names for themselves”.


About the PanelISTS:

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose books include Island People: The Caribbean and the World and, with Rebecca Solnit, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. In 2017, the Municipal Art Society awarded Nonstop Metropolis the Brendan Gill Prize, given annually to a work of art, in any medium, that “best captures the spirit and energy of New York City.” Jelly-Schapiro is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and he has also written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Nation, and Artforum, among many other publications. He is a scholar in residence at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, where he also teaches.

Julie Scelfo
is a journalist, author, and justice advocate. She was a Fall 2018 TED Resident in New York City, and is a former staff writer at The New York Times, where she wrote stories about society and human behavior. Her work has also appeared in Salon, O, The Oprah Magazine, Epicurious, Time Out New York and Literary Hub. Scelfo is the author of The Women Who Made New York (Seal Press/Hachette), a book that reveals the long history of female trailblazers, artists and activists who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world and established many of the social justice movements still at the forefront of American society.


Photography and video recording are permitted at the Transit Museum. However, tripods, stands, selfie sticks, and external lights may not be used.  All photographs taken are for personal use only and permission to photograph may be revoked at any time.

Refunds are not available for ticketed programs. Should you be unable to attend, the full price of unused tickets may be treated as a donation to the Transit Museum and is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

For information on wheelchair access, American Sign Language interpreters, Assistive Listening Devices, or other accessibility matters please visit the accessibility page on the Museum’s website. 



September 19, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$15 / $10 for Members
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Kendra Sykes


Transit Museum
Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, United States
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