I was able to squeeze in one walk this week with a friend, Mana Sa, around the western edge of Coney Island. It was incredibly windy, though sunny with a magical sunset. One more week of American travels and then I’m back to major amount of walking.
The last few weeks have been huge for this not-so-little map. Last week it was confirmed to be included in a show next February at BRIC with the Brooklyn Historical Society. The show will be all contemporary and historical maps of Brooklyn. I could not have imagined anything more appropriate.
With a deadline now of mid-December for mounting and resin application, my schedule for walking is going to be a little pressing, though achievable. I will need to walk an average of 29 miles a week, allowing for the travel I have planned, with some weeks as more intense than others.
Steps toward realizing a digital format is underway using the map as a means for story collection as well as a crowd funding campaign, so I can focus on collecting trash and constructing the piece. More on this soon.
I had a slight anxiety attack last week after understanding all of the actions and decisions I must take this next year, but it only manifested as a closet cleanse and I’m feeling completely up to the task now.
Today will be my first walk after holiday travels to California. I have thawed and am ready for massive amounts of mapping.
On Monday, I joined William B Helmreich for an interview with an Australian paper around the northern Brooklyn. His recent book, The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City, is absolutely worth picking up. His insights both on the walk and in the book have been illuminating- leading to thoughts I’ve not been able to put into words or to connect. Looking forward to finishing.