Vital Little Plans

This event is part of the series Off the Page

When: Tuesday, May 2, 6:30pm
Price: $15 and up | $10 for Museum members
Image credit: Phil Stanziola - New York World- Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

The legendary author and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) continues to inspire passionate inquiry and debate among urbanists in New York City and around the world. To many, the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) is the patron saint of New York's walkable, human-scaled neighborhoods, but others have wondered if she greased the wheels of relentless gentrification. Join Alexandra Lange, architecture critic for Curbed, for a conversation with Samuel Zipp, Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies at Brown University, and writer and curator Nathan Storring, about Jacob's powerful evolving legacy.  Zipp and Storring are the co-editors of a new, previously-uncollected collection of Jacob’s writings and talks called Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs (Penguin Random House, 2016). 

Reception and book signing to follow. 

Off the Page spotlights the best new books about the five boroughs. Each event features a brief reading and a conversation between the author and an expert commentator. Join us afterwards for a reception and meet and greet with the author.

$20 for adults | $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.

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Activist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.

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