Join me on Saturday, May 8th at 3pm for an Instagram Live walk (my first ever!) as part of the annual Jane’s Walk NYC festival. Titled “Instagram Live Walk: The Harlem River Speedway Then and Now,” I will be giving a live virtual tour of the Harlem River Greenway in Manhattan which was once part of the old, famed Harlem River Speedway where the city’s wealthy escaped to enjoy horse racing, the adjacent parks, and other activities along the Harlem River. Participation is free. Learn more and register here.
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My first solo photography exhibited – Connecting People, Strengthening Communities: The Harlem River Bridges – opened last Monday, January 11th in the ArtViews Gallery at the Moses Campus of Montefiore Medical Center located at 111 East 210th Street in the Bronx. 27 photographs – some are old and others are new – are included in this exhibition. The ArtViews Gallery is open daily from 8am – 5pm. The exhibition will continue until April 1st.
This afternoon I took a short ride on the Metro-North up to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers where I saw the temporary exhibition – Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940 – before it ends next week. It was my first visit to the Hudson River Museum and I was impressed by both its permanent collection (especially, its Hudson River paintings of the Yonkers area) as well as the temporary exhibit, which I had traveled to see. Industrial Sublime was made up of paintings representing all three area rivers: the Hudson, East, and Harlem. While I was most interested in seeing the artistic representations of the Harlem River, it was inspiring to see them all. In fact, many of the exhibition’s most memorable images were of the Hudson and East Rivers. As with any art exhibition, it is always a thrill to see and examine images in person that you might have seen previously in a book or magazine. I had the opportunity to do this with a few of …
Last weekend, The New York Times wrote a favorable review of the art exhibition – Industrial Sublime – at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. I hope to check it out during the winter break. The Hudson River Museum also produced the following video tour of the exhibition.
Last week, my article – The High Bridge Reclaims Its History With $61M Restoration – was published at Curbed NY. It’s a historic piece that dives into the origins of New York City’s oldest bridge and its rise as an important recreational destination; its most difficult period beginning in the 1950s, and then, its long desired rebirth beginning in 2001 and culminating in the present work to restore and reopen it for public use next year. I hope you enjoy it.
Below are two wonderful images from about 1905 that I found at Shorpy.com, an historical photo archive website. On the left is Highbridge Park and the Harlem River Speedway (the Harlem River Drive today) and dominating the center is the beautiful Washington Bridge. I love the carriages!
Here’s a great time lapse video by Stephen Mallon documenting the installation of the new Willis Avenue Bridge back in 2010. A Bridge Delivered from stephen mallon on Vimeo.
I’ve found and added a number of different paintings and photographs of the Harlem River Valley into my archives, but until only a couple of days ago I hadn’t thought much about postcards as sources. It turns out that postcards are great sources! They offer a historically accurate but also popular representation of each subject. They are also fun to look at. Below are a few of these postcards from the early 20th century. Stay tuned for more.
Here’s a fantastic new find! It’s a wonderful illustrated view of the Harlem River reportedly from Fort George, which was the site of a popular amusement park that bore its name. Beginning in the foreground is the Washington Bridge and then, continuing south is the High Bridge, followed by what I believe is the no-longer extant Putnam Bridge, and ending with the distant Macombs Dam Bridge. King’s View of New York was one of several popular guidebooks by editor and publisher, Moses King, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This image was reprinted in color and sold as postcards too!