Photo: Nigel Young
This guided tour will present the everyday cityscape of Lower Manhattan through the perspectives of artists, architects, and historians who have helped to shape the city.
CultureNOW has been mapping Lower Manhattan (and beyond) since 2001. The organization believes that in order to comprehend the meaning of a location one must understand three of its major constituent components: its built environment (architecture), its cultural insertions (art), and its history (what happened there). CultureNOW has been creating a Museum Without Walls, utilizing smartphone technology to create an acoustiguide to the urban environment. There are two versions of the app: a free version limited to Lower Manhattan and a complete version that includes sites throughout the entire country.
At StreetFest, we will be sharing some of New York’s historical maps in order to show how the city has transformed over time. Listen to historians tell you about some of the places around you or take self-guided tours of Broadway or the Bowery. Listen to architects and artists share their vision of the city. To date, the New York section of CultureNOW has created profiles for roughly five thousand sites and has added over 349 podcasts and seventeen self-guided tours. Our app won a prize in the NYC BigApps 2.0 Contest for one of the best cultural apps of 2011; in 2012, we won a prize for Collaborative Achievement from the National American Institute of Architects.