Networked New York: Annotated Program, Part 5

4:00 – 5:30, Panel 4: Blogscapes and Digital Interaction (19 University Place, Great Room)

We’re pleased to be able to conclude a day of discussion about New York networks and communities with a panel comprised of New York bloggers, who will talk about the impact of digital landscapes on collaboration and publication in the city. Our panelists make up an exciting group of commentators on and observers of New York’s spaces, happenings, and literary and cultural traditions. Here’s a bit more about two of the blogs that will be represented, with more to come on the rest of the panel later this week.

The Bowery Boys, begun in 2007, is named for a gang who inhabited the streets north of the Five Points in the mid-nineteenth century as well as a group of comedic actors playing New York city characters in films through the 1940s and 50s. The acclaimed podcast and blog features conversations and posts centered around specific people, places, and moments in New York’s history, such as “Macy’s: The Man, the Store, the Parade” and “The Blackout of ’77.” As the bloggers, Tom Meyers and Greg Young, explain on their website, “The more people become interested in the city’s past, the less likely it is to be bulldozed.” You can follow them on Twitter @boweryboys.

Walking Off the Big Apple provides a catalog of up-to-date information on museums, parks, and cultural events in New York, but it specializes in offering self-guided, historically-informed walking tours by neighborhood through the city. (One I enjoyed following recently: A Walk From Lincoln Center to Zabar’s) The blog is run by Teri Tynes, whose mix of writing about and work on art and urban life happens to correspond nicely with our conference theme. When not strolling the streets, Tynes is an editorial and social media consultant for artists, writers, and filmmakers. Twitter: @TeriTynes.

Bryan and Cyrus suggested not too long ago a helpful list including these and other blog-based resources for New York City cultural history. And for more information about Networked New York, visit the conference website.

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