Friday, August 11, 2006

New York City Walk

Caleb Smith began visiting as many neighborhoods in NY since, 'Over a Two Year Period he explored them systematically. He bought a Hagstrom map of Manhattan, which he laminated. As he walked, he marked off the streets with a black marker. He took notes and a lot of photos along the way. After about a year, he had made much more progress than he expected, and it seemed natural to extend the walk to the entire island. Eventually he walked over 700 miles.

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7 comments:

Bernardus Sylvestris said...

New Blog, congratulations.
I happened to have found this a few days ago. At the end of his trip he givs advice to someone about to work on Roosevelt Island with its wacky cable Tram. Not what we call trams in this the tram capital of the world.

Also the people who track the abandoned surface freight railway on the west side, now called the High Line.

Robert said...

oh heya, nice to finally be able to drop a comment easily

i was a big fan of the old spaces blog, but it was a browser-killer for me, and i had trouble saying hiya


ill fix you up on my blogroll later on tonight or tomorrow, for sure

Moon River said...

thank you both.
i'm not fully follow the blogger logic yet, but i'm learning...

Nick said...

dear moon river. if you enjoy long walks, be sure to read about guy debord's theory of the dérive. apologies if you are already well aware of his work, but just in case, i thought you might like it:

http://www.ubu.com/papers/debord_derive.html

also take a look at this guy, he's insane:

http://www.walkinginla.com/

p.s i love walking :)

m.

Moon River said...

Thanks Nick,
i was not familiar with the dérive theory.
i love walking as well, especially in cities, and unknown places, not doing it much lately...
BTW
can't enter your profile page nor your blog...
but thanks anyway

Princess Haiku said...

What is this theory? Must google it. The walking is wonderful. I lived in a inalnd city that I walked miles in about five years ago. Miles and miles. And discovered a window where these amazing paper angels were. Spectacular and then a visitor from New York saw them and the artist got a NY show. I will look and see if I can find an article about them. The walking map brought the memory of these angels back to me. You never know what you will discover when you are out walking.

Nick said...

moon/river - not sure what is wrong with my profile, but my site is www.nothingbutnoise.org if you were interested. best,