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Thursday Oct 19, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

powerHouse Book Launch: STREET: New York City – 70s, 80s, 90s by Carrie Boretz — in conversation w/ Mark Bussell

 

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About the Book:

The photographs in Street were taken by Carrie Boretz in New York City from the mid 1970s through the 1990s. It is common knowledge that the city was on rocky ground for many of those years but these are not pictures filled with drama or strife. Instead Boretz was always more interested in the subtle and familiar moments of everyday life in the various neighborhoods where she lived, before much of the graffiti was scrubbed away and the city sanitized and reborn to what it has since become.

For so many living in and visiting New York today, it is forgotten or altogether not known how different so many parts of the city were during that time. Many of these pictures show the reality of the streets then, where every day workers, the homeless, the affluent, and tourists all shared the common space, providing examples of how one of the greatest cities in the world was one often filled with contradictions. But there is also a timeless element to these images as children still play in the parks, streets, and schoolyards, commuters still face the elements daily as they wait, there are still regular demonstrations and parades, and the whole spectrum of the joys and pitfalls of humanity are still visible most anywhere a person looks.

For Boretz nothing was scripted, it all played out right before her. As Patti Smith said, “You need no rationale, no schooling. It’s love at first sight. You see something and you have to capture it. Instinctive, bang, you feel one with it.” Indeed, Boretz doesn’t have a philosophy about shooting other than trusting her instinct: she saw, she shot, she moved on, always looking for moments that made her heart beat faster. It was the continual rush of knowing that at any time she could come upon something real and beautiful. That is why and how she shot and why and how her Street is so special.

 

About the Photographer:

After graduating in 1975 from Washington University in St. Louis Carrie Boretz began her life as a New York City photographer a week later, landing an internship at the Village Voice. Over the next decade she photographed for The New York Times MagazineNew YorkSports Illustrated, People, Fortune, and Life. By the 1990s she was shooting almost daily for the New York Times‘s “Day” beat, one picture that revealed a slice of the city on that particular day.…

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Thursday Oct 05, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

 

RSVP appreciated:

Please fill out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page.

-or-

Send the name of the event and number of attendees to our RSVP email.
*Disregard the notification that will appear after Booking.*

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an RSVP for this event DOES NOT guarantee entrance. This is a free-access event — entrance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


About the Book:

From Times Square and the Empire State Building to Greenwich Village and the South Street Seaport, New York City is one of the most iconic cities in the world. But any true New Yorker knows that the best parts of the city lay beyond the glare of neon lights, hidden between the landmarks and in the shadows of the characteristic neighborhoods and boroughs that define it. In her new book New Yorker cartoonist Julia Wertz brilliantly unearths the history behind many of these treasures. TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, is a quirky, charismatic, and hilarious illustrated history of New York City, rendered in captivating drawings and comics in Julia’s singular style.

Through “then and now” drawings and tales of New Yorkers past, TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH paints a raw, unconventional, and often hilarious portrait of New York in all its neurotic glory. From an extensive underground pneumatic tube system build by the New York Postal System in the late 1800’s to the pizzeria that fronted for mafia activity; from beloved bookstores to outlaw abolitionists to a bottle-filled beach where horse carcasses were once sent to rot, Wertz illuminates the stories behind some of the city’s most famous and infamous mainstays and provides little-known backstories to its not-so-secret gems. It’s a New York you won’t find in any guidebook, one where the bustling bodegas, crumbling corners, and hideaway hotspots are not just part of its charm but integral to its character. In TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH we come to see how the city’s dirtiest, ugliest, most eccentric areas are ultimately what make it so beautiful and extraordinary.

Wertz’s refreshing and charismatic voice brings to life the world within these pages, making the book perfect for the millions of New York natives, transplants, history buffs, and those who have always been intrigued by the city of dreams. Meticulously detailed and side-splittingly funny, TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH offers a unique glimpse into the inimitable weirdness that makes New York City the greatest in the world.

 

About the Cartoonists:

AuthorPhoto_JuliaWertzJulia Wertz is a professional cartoonist and amateur historian. She has published five graphic novels and does monthly history comics for The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emily Flake is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Her cartoons appear regularly in the New Yorker, as well as on the Nib and, when she can manage it, MAD Magazine.…

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