The Harlem River has been shaped by tide patterns and climate change, and like the Hudson River it contains a legacy of toxic pollution. Despite the fact that the Harlem River is a man-made river–New York City engineers rerouted its channel–most people who live along the river have no access to the waterfront. This digital walk, free and open to the public, will spatially explore the ways people have been disconnected from the river and the role river history can play in rebuilding the connections between people and their river. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, with speakers experienced in urban planning, climate change, photography, and community activism, we will come away with an inclusive and compelling history of the Harlem River.
You can view the Storymap (developed as part of a 2019 Center for Science and Society Public Outreach Grant) more additional information on the Harlem River.
Scot McFarlane, Graduate Student in the Department of History
Free and open to the public; RSVP required. Please visit the event webpage for additional information. Contact [email protected] with any questions.
Sponsored by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.