Greenwich Village (Starting Location TBA)
11:00am - 1:00pm with the option to join a lunch after the walk.
The 2022 Creative Week lettering walk will take place in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood of Manhattan that has long been famous for its Bohemian artists, poets, and musicians such as the young Bob Dylan. It is a largely residential area with very few tall buildings which means that it will not have the same rich variety of lettering that can be found in Midtown or the Financial District. However, its wealth of cafés, restaurants, and nightclubs, along with the presence of New York University and some old churches guarantees an interesting mix of classical inscriptions, Art Deco neon signs, quirky Victorian inscriptions, stained glass lettering, ghost signs, and several hidden oddities. During this walk we will look not only at the obvious (such as commercial signs) for examples of fascinating lettering, but we will also scrutinize house numbers, cornerstones, attics, plaques, and more.
Paul Shaw has been leading urban lettering walks since 2005. Along with over 50 walks covering all of the five boroughs of New York, he has also conducted walks in thirteen other North American cities. Paul teaches the history of type at both the School of Visual arts and Parsons School of Design. With Patricia Childers he organizes the bi-annual Legacy of Letters tour and letterpress workshop in Italy.
Tickets: $45 (Members: $35)