September 2016

Discovering Forgotten Beaches of NYC

From an ecological exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, to an online journal of artistic responses to NYC’s waterways, to a personal journey exploring these “forgotten” places, Elizabeth Albert funneled her inspiration into a beautiful book, beckoning you to discover the curious past and present of New York City’s more than 600 miles of coastline.
Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront

“The more I explored the liminal edges of New York, the more questions I had: What has changed about our relationship to the waterfront?”

Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City’s Forgotten Waterfront is a juxtaposition of history, fiction, and image – a must-read for any resident New Yorker. We had a chance to showcase this work of art and catch up with Ms. Albert at a recent event while Garnet Hill’s Mobile Boutique was stationed in the city’s South Street Seaport.
Elizabeth Albert - Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City’s Forgotten Waterfront

“I felt that it was important to bring attention to some of the farther reaches of New York, as you say, the ones that feel very removed from the city, but are in fact the city. I also wanted to choose sites that offered a window into different aspects of NYC’s history—race, ecology, food, health, transport, crime, death — focusing on ones that had what I found to be the strangest and most compelling stories.”

We love stories about sustainability and reclamation journeys, and learned that there are efforts being made all over New York City to revitalize the waterfront. Of the ten sites in Silent Beaches, Untold Stories, several are being or have been actively attended to.

Quester Submarine, Coney Island Creek

Quester submarine, Coney Island Creek (Courtesy of Marie Lorenz): the once yellow sub never made it past launch and was unable to fulfill its mission to salvage the sunken Andrea Doria ocean liner.

 

Hart Island - New York City's Still-Active Potter's Field

Hart Island (courtesy of Luke Rafferty) New York City’s still-active potter’s field, where over 800,000 of New York City’s unclaimed dead have been laid to rest.

For more information about this book, you can check out Underwater New York or Artbook.


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