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NYPL Space/Time Directory Meetup: Historic Transit Maps
November 1, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
Join the New York Public Library’s NYC Space/Time Directory project at the Transit Museum for a evening about historical transit maps. Learn 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, including the newly-opened exhibition From Fulton Ferry: Building Downtown Brooklyn, which tells the story of the role of transportation in the development of Brooklyn.
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Bert Spaan: Bert Spaan is working at the NYPL on the NYC Space/Time Directory project, and organizer of this meetup series. Bert will briefly introduce his work at the Library, and highlight a few of NYPL’s collections about the history of public transport.
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 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 and what we can learn from these experiences as we try to expand our transit systems for a new century.