Book Talks

Virtual Book Talk: Names of New York


When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

Event Location: YouTube Live

Cost: Suggested Donation

PLEASE NOTE: This Book Talk has been moved to April 28, 2021 at 7pm ET

Join us on YouTube Live for a free virtual talk with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, author of  Names of New York: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future through Its Place-Names, in conversation with artist and author Molly Crabapple, and Danielle Wetmore, the Tenement Museum’s Lead Educator of Specialty Programming. They will discuss the past, present, and future of New York City through its place-names and the stories they contain.

Drawing on his background in cultural geography, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro excavates the wealth of stories that are embedded in New York City’s place-names and uses them to illuminate the power of naming to shape experience and our sense of place. He traces the ways in which the native Lenape, the Dutch settlers, the British invaders, and successive waves of immigrants have all left their marks on the city and continue to reshape it.

While this program is free, you can donate to support future programming from the Tenement Museum here

When:  Tuesday, April 27;  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET    


Purchase Names of New York: Discovering the City’s Past, Present, and Future through Its Place-Names at the Tenement Museum shop!

This program will continue to be available on our Youtube channel following the LIVE screening.

About the Speakers:

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose books include Island People: The Caribbean and the World, and (with Rebecca Solnit) Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. A regular contributor to TheNew York Review of Books, his work has also appeared in The New YorkerThe 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.

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. She is the author of two books, Drawing Blood and Brothers of the Gun, (with Marwan Hisham), which was long-listed for a National Book Award in 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and elsewhere. Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art. Her animated short “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” has been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of Outstanding News Analysis: Editorial and Opinion.

Support for this program is provided by ConEdison and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.