The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group and the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District will host an illustrated talk by writer, geographer and teacher Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, on his latest book Names of New York: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future through its Place-Names (Pantheon, 2021), on Monday, October 18th.
In this new book, Jelly-Schapiro takes a deep dive into the origins of the names of the city’s streets, parks, bridges, playgrounds and neighborhoods. His research is thorough and some of his discoveries are surprising. In this talk, he will tell the story behind the names of some Upper West Side locations.
Jelly-Schapiro’s research traces the story of the city back to native Lenape, Dutch and British settlers and the waves of immigrants from everywhere in the world who have made NYC their home.
Joshua Jelly-Schapirpo’s books include Island People: The Caribbean and the World and, with Rebecca Solnit, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and his work also appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper’s Magazine, among many other publications. He is a scholar in residence at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, where he also teaches. His newest book is Names of New York: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future through its Place-Names.
This talk will begin at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public. The link to the program will be on the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group’s website a few days before the presentation.
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