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Hi Five! Stories from the Five Boroughs
Brooklyn 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

Where millennials, hipsters, mermaids and young entrepreneurs drink latte at the Brooklyn Museum, Coney island or the Navy Yard, then go online and invent new industries.


A1-Williamsburg bridge
A2- Open water 20 bridges swim
A3- Manhattan bridge
A4- Brooklyn Bridge
A5- Waterfall, Olafur Elliason

B1- Kite festival
B2- The Nassau steam powered ferry
B3- Jane’s carousel
B4- Retreat of the battle of Long Island
B5- River cafe

C1- 325 Kent- Domino park
C2- Brooklyn flea- Dumbo- Peter Luger- Williamsburg Art center
C3- Gleason gym
C4- Glass watertower, Fruin
C5- Fireboat house

D1- Navy yard
D2- Williamsburg saving bank
D3- Borough hall
D4- Transit museum
D5- Bargemusic

E1- 9 Dekalb Ave
E2- Toren condo
E3- Long Island university- Sahadi, Atlantic Ave
E4- Squash club- Herman Behr mansion
E5- Brooklyn heights promenade- traffic jam

F1- Roof top farm
F2- Waste water-
Mark Morris dance center
F3- Juniors
F4- Sunset park- Friendship archway- Mariachis
F5- Passenger terminal

G1- Roof top farming
G2- Hydroponic farming
G4- Booklyn- Brooklyn army terminal
G5- Cruise ship

H1- Micro brewery
H2- Barclay center
H3- Greenwood cemetery- Bernstein- Basquiat
H4- Red Hook artist studios- Gowanus canal
H5- Water taxi

I1- Constructing another tower
I2- Farm to table restaurant
I3- Ona, Ursula von Rydingsvard- Battle of Long Island
I4- Flatbush Sears Roebuck building
I5- Cycling and walking trail

J1- Bushwick mural painting- gallery
J2- Prospect park Library
J3- Prospect park bandshell
J4- Dyker Heights Christmas decorations
J5- Verrazano bridge marathoners

K1- Manufacturers
K2- Jouvert West Indian Carnaval- Brooklyn Museum- The dinner party, Judy Chicago
K3- Botanical garden Japanese festival- Zoo
K4- Coney Island subway station
K5- Fort Hamilton

L1- Watering plants
L2- Chabad of Prospect Heights East
L3- Boat house- Kings theater
L4- Coney Island
L5- Nathan Hot dog eating contest

M1- Dreaming to move to Brooklyn
M2- Children museum
M3- Suny medical school
M4- Parachute- Cyclone
M5- Pat Auletta Steeplechase pier

N1- Hiding
N2- Weeksville heritage center
N3- Golfing- chicken coop
N4- Aquarium- mermaids parade
N5- Sand castle contest

O1- Brownsville Community Culinary Center
O2- Hip hop contest
O3- Hendrick Lott House
O4- Randazzo Sheepshead bay
O5- Brighton beach

P1- Old Mill creek landfill
P2- Wycoff house
P3- Marine park
P4- Kingsborough Community College
P5- Mermaid teddy bear

Q1- Canarsie
Q2- Floyd Bennett Field
Q3- Plumb beach
Q4- Fishing boat excursion
Q5- Sunset cruise







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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