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What does the city look like when you’re seeing it not just through an official lens, or your own lens, but seeing it through the lens of what other people have experienced?
Jake Barton, Designer, City of Memory, The New York Times.
City of Memory is a participatory, dynamic story map of New York City curated by the cultural heritage institution, City Lore.
The project originated at the 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, starting as a giant Styrofoam map with pushpins constructed to highlight the folk culture of New York City. Visitors jotted their memories on acetate squares and thumbtacked each to the address where the story took place.
City of Memory features documentary work from City Lore’s extensive archives and invites visitors to post their own stories. Visitors move through the city with curated tours, thematic and by neighborhood. Each step on a tour offers links to additional information about place and topic. Contact information for tour guides are also provided.
City of Memory creates a web of interlocking memories, chronicling the city’s inner life. Place-based, it links stories and memories in ways that cut across chronology, sparking connections and enabling visitors to rediscover the city through the memories of others.