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Hi Five! Stories from the Five Boroughs
Manhattan 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

The center of the universe. Home of MoMA, the Met, the UN, Wall Street. Broadway, famous celebrities, absentee landlords and more …The skyscrapers and the prices keep going higher.


A1- West point planes
A2- Inwood hill park Indian caves
A3- Hudson river community Sailing - la marina
A4- George Washington bridge
A5- Traffic jam

B1- The Cloisters, Fort Tryon
B2- New Leaf cafe- Bennett park highest Manhattan point
B3- James Bailey house
B4- Washington Heights
B5- the little red lighthouse

C1- Dyckman farmhouse
C2- Sylvan Terrace- Washington troups
C3- Hamilton Grange- Yeshiva university
C4- Audubon Terrace-
The Hispanic Society of AmericaSugar Hill- City College
C5- Sisyphus stones -Trinity church cemetery

D1- Meditating in water tower
D2- Morris Jumel Mansion-Gospell church
D3- Apollo theater- Schomburg Center-Clayton Powell monument- Tubman, Saar
D4- Riverside church
D5- Riverbank park carousel-
Grant’s tomb- Jazzmobile

E1- Mount Sinai hospital
E2- The Africa Center- The Harp, Savage Duke Ellington statue
E3- Columbia university- St John the Divine
E4- Barnard college- Shinran Shonin Buddhist church
E5- Soldiers & Sailors monument

F1- St Nicholas Cathedral- Gracie Mansion
F2- Central Park- Smithonian- Guggenheim
F 3- Museum of Natural History
F4- Hayden planetarium- Riverside brownstone
F5- Community garden- boat basin

G1- Art school
G2- Metropolitan museum- Belvedere fountain
G3- New York Historical Society
G4- Ghostbuster- market & composting
G5- NYC Sanitation Pier 99

H1- New construction- The Armory
H2- The Frick- skating ring- Eloise at the Plaza hotel
H3- Columbus circle-Jazz at Lincoln center
H4- Lincoln Center fountain- Little liberty (W64)
H5- Private Passage, Cochran, pier 96- passenger ship

I1- Citicorp
I2- Sony building
I3- MAD-Hearst bldg- Carnegie hall
I4- Damrosch band shell-Julliard school- Via, Bjarke Ingels
I5- Hudson river park

J1- 432Park ave- Central Park Tower- 111W57
J2- 53w53- St Patrick-
J3- MOMA- skating ring- Prometheus
J4- Rockefeller center-Atlas
J5- Passenger terminal- Intrepid

K1- One Vanderbilt-United Nations
K2- Department store
K3- Public Library- Times Square
K4- Jacob Javits center
K5- Chelsea piers

L1- Chrysler & Empire State building
L2- Grand Central- Pierpont Morgan library
L3- Madison Square Garden- Hudson yards
L4- The Shed- the vessel- High line
L5- Chelsea piers golf

M1- American Copper bldg
M2- Pierpont Morgan museum
M3- Flatiron bldg- Event Horizon, Gormley- Con Edison bldg
M4- Cycling- Flatiron bldg’s winds
M5- Pier55

N1- 56 Leonard St
N2- Eldridge St museum- Law Courts-Chinatown- Municipal building
N3- Washington square- the village
N4- Whitney museum
N5- Restaurant

O1- 1WTC- Gerhy bldg
O2- Wall St.- Woolworth bldg- Pace University
O3- City hall- WTC station-
O4- September 11 Memorial- Winter garden
O5- Museum of Immigration

P1- Rescue
P2- Mr & Mrs Roebling- Stock exchange
P3- Museum of the American Indian
P4- Seton Shrine
P5- Ellis Island

Q1- Manhattan bridge- Brooklyn bridge
Q2- South Street Seaport
Q3- Staten Island ferry terminal
Q4- Sailing cruise
Q5- Oyster island- Statue of Liberty








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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