Searching for Soul: New York City in the Age of Hyper-Gentrification
In an era of skyrocketing rents, super-tall buildings, closing independent shops, and chain stores, writers Jeremiah Moss and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and cartoonist Julia Wertz talk with New Yorker staff writer Vinson Cunningham about what it means to capture the “soul” of the city even as many longtime New Yorkers question its survival in the face of hyper-gentrification.
This event is part of Core Conversations, a series of lectures, talks, and tours in which New York City's leading thinkers examine the four key themes of our New York at Its Core exhibition -- diversity, density, money, and creativity -- each through their own unique lens. To view all of the programs in the series, click here.
About the Speakers:
Jeremiah Moss is the author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul (Dey Street Books, 2017), and creator of the award-winning blog Jeremiah's Vanishing New York. His writing on the city has appeared in The New York Times, New York Daily News, and online for The New Yorker and The Paris Review. He works as a social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts the author of Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America (Little, Brown & Company, 2011) which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and a National Book Critics Circle Finalist. She is currently working on a trilogy on African-Americans and utopia: Harlem, Haiti, and the Black Belt of the American South.
Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist, amateur historian, and part time urban explorer. Her latest book is Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2017). Her previous autobiographical graphic novels include Drinking at the Movies (Koyama Press, 2015) and The Infinite Wait & Other Stories (Koyama Press, 2012). She's a frequent contributor to The New Yorker.
Vinson Cunningham (moderator) joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2016. His writing on books, art, and culture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Vulture, The Awl, the Fader, and McSweeney’s, where he wrote a column called “Field Notes from Gentrified Places.” He previously served as a staff assistant at the Obama White House, and is based in New York City.
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