On Thursday, May 21, 2015, I walked along Manhattan’s North- South axis, from 225th Street and Broadway all the way down to Battery Park. The route – as much as possible – ignored the New York grid system. The walk was completed in one full day. This slow walk – juxtaposed to a city that is in many ways very high speed – has been documented as well as the stories that we found along this route.
As the walk took me on a journey through Manhattan crossing many different neighborhoods, so will the film and book for the viewer. The earliest Dutch settlers of New York arrived on the Southern most edge of Manhattan. My journey traces the history of Manhattan in reverse, following the pulse of life as it is presented and lived on the streets of New York today.
Vincent van de Wijngaard and myself made many walks along the route prior to the long slow walk made on May 21, 2015. We collected images, stories of people, quotes that were overheard on the street, texts that were found on the surface of the street (walls, pavement, hand written notes) and abandoned objects. A selection of these findings have been brought together in a book.