Going to the Edge

Written by stoisher

Walking The Edge is a 520 mile participatory performance walk around all of NYC’s waterfronts during the month of May. Walking the Edge uses walking to encounter, reflect upon, and see places anew. This project defines “walking” as moving through space with attention and intention, and embraces all forms of mobility. Walking is a creative act, and WtE is an opportunity for New Yorkers of all abilities and ages, in every borough, to experience and express their waterfront.

Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, WTE is doing virtual walks and sharing prompts as the physical event will be postponed until 2021.

Walking the Edge is a collaboration between arts organizations Culture Push and Works on Water with the NYC Department of City Planning. The project is funded by the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. WtE is a key outreach component of the next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan and kicks off Works on Water’s 2020 Triennial Art Exhibition dedicated to art that is made on, in, and with the water.Works on Water, Culture Push and the Department of

sTo Len takes us on a scenic stream of consciousness walk through his neighborhood to his favorite waterfront off the beaten path: the Newtown Creek. Along the way are the ghosts of waters past, old trails, lots of memories, discarded gloves and a few masked friendly faces.

“The Newtown Creek is a special place to me and I wanted to take you all along on a video walk since we cannot do one in person. I think that we can learn a lot from the water that surrounds us, especially at a time when the pandemic has created such suffering and uncertainty, when our scheduled lives are so ephemeral and put on hold, when we must remain so still in our solitude. The water is there, its constantly moving and shaping the land. The water’s edge is blurring our hard edges. I go to the water for guidance. It shows us how to ebb and flow, a liquid GPS to better navigate the world as fluid dreamers, dancers, and survivors. It can teach us how to re-emerge into the world with one another as well. As public space has become completely transformed by the coronavirus, rediscovering the outdoors outside the box provides new opportunities for us to engage with the water and one another. Its time to reclaim new public commons beyond the ones predetermined by our patterned behavior. Its time to rediscover our waterfronts and find new ways to access our edges.”

Prompts to think about this week :

What body of water in NYC is closest to your home as well as to your heart? Can you find access points to get to it’s edge? Will you take us there through a photo, video, story, or song?

Share your perspectives with #walkingtheedgenyc on Instagram

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