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Hi Five! Stories from the Five Boroughs
The Bronx Guide

Nothing replace a museum visit to experience art. "Hi Five!" is on view until June 2020 at the New York Historical Society and online before the museum reopens

Beside Wave Hill, the Botanical gardens and Yankee stadium, the cradle of modern urban culture worldwide— rapping, scratching, graffiti, break dancing, hip hop and street fashion.

the Bronx

A1- Hudson valley’s eagles
A2- Half-moon ship and Henry Hudson
A3- Broadway bridge- Marble hill
A4- University height bridge
A5- Lenape Indians

B1- Wavehill - Mark Twain
B2- Riverdale- Wavehill gardens
B3- Bronx Community College- Gould memorial library
B4- Bus stop
B5- Macombs Dam bridge

C1- Pigeon coop
C2- Fordham university
C3- Bronx Community College Hall of Fame
C4- Chinese restaurant take-out
C5- Harlem river

D1- Kite flying
D2- Allan Poe house
D3- Art Museum
D4- Yankee stadium
D5- Escape

E1- Van Cortland park- Windmill
E2- Fiddler on the roof- Loews Paradise
E3- Hostos university
E4- Yankee stadium’s interview
E5- Interstate 87

F1- Grand Central stone tests - Chief Daniel Nimham
F2- Cricket playing- Art class
F3- Andrew Freeman house
F4- Going to the game
F5- Children museum

G1- Van Cortland manor
G2- Freeman house artists studios
G3- Freeman house exhibition
G4- Hip Hop museum
G5- Barbershop

H1- Mosholu golf course
H2- Woodland cemetery jam (Celia Cruz, Duke Ellington, Miles
Davis, Irving Berlin)
H3- Armory- Arthur avenue Market
H4- Port Morris clock building
H5- IHeart radio- Manufacturers

I1- Robert Moses’ tumb- cannon
I2- Jerome park Reservoir
I3- Botanical garden- Zoo
I4- Hunts point fish market
I5- Manufacturers

J1- Science high school
J2- Lehman college
J3- Corpse flower, botanical garden
J4- Long house Lenape village
J5- Vernon C. Bain Floating jail

K1- Exploring
K2- Chief Daniel Nimham-
Concrete park
K3- Indian village
K4- Bronx river beavers
K5- Hunts point - Fishing

L1- Bartow-Pell mansion
L2- Horse carriage- Firemen
L3- Gym
L4- Jessup & Ricahrdson treaty-
beavers’ pelt trade
L5- Hunts point Market

M1- Bird traveling
M2- Garden party
M3- Burke avenue subway station
M4- Restaurant
M5- Clason point

N1- Split rock- Abduction of Ann
Hutchinson’s daughter
N2- Living
N3- Hospital
N4- Outdoor restaurant
N5- Marina

O1- Bronx Victory Memorial
O2- Coop city
O3- Hospital
O4- Vespa
O5- SUNY Maritime college

P1- Pelham park
P2- Orchard beach
P3- City Island Nautical museum
P4- Fishing
P5- Shopping mermaid

Q1- Will you marry me? plane
Q2- Hart Island
Q3- City Island restaurant
Q4- Oyster catching
Q5- Throgs Neck bridge









How to tell stories of five Boroughs in visual narratives? How to make them all fit the same format despite their diverse geography? How to research such a megalomaniac project? just one answer: impossible. I enjoy to research stories but one life time cannot be enough for a city that is constantly changing. Since 1985, I have lived and worked in New York City, as a tour guide for 15 years, then as an artist. I am curious for stories from the past and the present. In my free time I bike to explore different neighborhoods. My memory (that often distorts reality) and my personal experiences shape my subjective vision of the city. While cutting, I live scenarios from real or imagined stories to represent an energy. Some elements are easily recognizable. Others are open for interpretation. Sharing stories expands our universe.

Artist Book
available at: New York Historical Society shop and in my studio

Hi Five! Is an artist book documenting Béatrice Coron’s site-specific installation for the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition In Profile: A Look at Silhouettes. Each numbered book is from an edition of only 100 handmade by the artist. Each book includes a negative of the original papercut.

Text by Mick Stern, Photos by Etienne Frossard





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