The Evolution of New York City's Street Grid with E.Y. Zipris

The Evolution of New York City's Street Grid with E.Y. Zipris


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New York City's street plan is one of its city's most used but least considered artifacts - trodden upon every day by millions who rarely stop to consider how this replication of rectangles came to be. Join a local authority to learn just how the city got its characteristic "strait-sided and right-angled" form.

This seminar will uncover the evolution of the grid, the planning that led up to the ambitious venture, the people who were affected - from the surveyors to the squatters, and will trace the evolution of New York's neighborhoods as they grew along with the streets and avenues. We will also map out the quirks of the plans and will compare and contrast the 1811 plan with what exists today.

Led by an expert on the architecture and cityscape of New York, E.Z. Yipris, this interactive seminar will explore the intriguing grid formation of the Big Apple. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will leave with a renewed appreciation for the ground below our New York feet.

For over two decades, E.Y. Zipris has studied, worked in, lectured, and written about museums and history. Formerly the Director of Education at the Museum of the City of New York, E.Y. played a leading role in developing its groundbreaking exhibition, New York at Its Core – the city’s first-ever comprehensive exhibition. Currently, on faculty at the City University of New York and Teachers College, Columbia University, E.Y. brings her passion for storytelling to audiences of all ages. E.Y. has an EdM in Art Education and Museum Studies from Teachers College and an MA in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University and lives in the Upper West Side with her husband and daughter.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Interesting and thought-provoking presentation

I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. E.Y. managed to organize centuries of information in a way that made the topic both comprehensible and fascinating. It really sparked my curiosity and makes me want to learn more about NY's unique history. I especially enjoyed the portion on Seneca Village. I look forward to attending more of E.Y.'s seminars.

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J.O.
Excellent Insight to a complex city

E.Y. has an infectious love of NYC that she clearly communicates as she shares the fascinating steps that have transpired to make the city of today. A wonderful reminder of the cost to previous occupants of the land, the wisdom of some, and greed of others, that all made up the life story of this very much alive place

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A very educational and enjoyable class on a somewhat off-beat subject. E.Y. may not be a native of NYC but she certainly knows the history of her adopted hometown's expansion and tells the story well.

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Interesting and thought-provoking presentation

I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. E.Y. managed to organize centuries of information in a way that made the topic both comprehensible and fascinating. It really sparked my curiosity and makes me want to learn more about NY's unique history. I especially enjoyed the portion on Seneca Village. I look forward to attending more of E.Y.'s seminars.

J
J.O.
Excellent Insight to a complex city

E.Y. has an infectious love of NYC that she clearly communicates as she shares the fascinating steps that have transpired to make the city of today. A wonderful reminder of the cost to previous occupants of the land, the wisdom of some, and greed of others, that all made up the life story of this very much alive place

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J.

A very educational and enjoyable class on a somewhat off-beat subject. E.Y. may not be a native of NYC but she certainly knows the history of her adopted hometown's expansion and tells the story well.