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Hi Five! Stories from the Five Boroughs
Staten Island 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 forgotten borough with long beaches, a Chinese scholar garden and a forest. Explore Tibetan culture, and historic Richmond settlement.

Staten Island

A1- Staten Island Ferry
A2-Dry Dock repair
A3- Bayonne Bridge
A4- Dredger boat
A5- Arthur Kill

B1- Ferry terminal
B2- September 11 Memorial- Yankee Stadium
B3- Car repairs
B4- Container being loaded
B5- ship

C1- Bus terminal
C2- Museum
C3- Snug Harbor Cultural Center
luminaria festival
C4- Warehouse
C5- Wetland

D1- Proposed ferris wheel
D2- Snug harbor gardens
D3- Chinese Scholar garden
D4- Manufacturers- Paper recycling
D5- Marshes

E1- Empire outlet
E2- Borough hall
E3- Zoo
E4- Fresh Kills park
E5- Bakers facility

F1- Westin Hotel
F2- Lighthouse museum-
Supreme court
F3- St George Theater- CUNY
F4- Skating ring
F5- Trampoline park

G1- Art Space gallery- Urby-
Makers garden
G2- Sri Lankan Museum
G3- Farm colony
G4- St Patrick church
G5- Goethals bridge- Jail

H1- Rare bird
H2- Alice Austen house- Albanian
Islamic Cultural Center
H3- Greenbelt- Historic Richmond
H4- Fresh Kills park
H5- Sleight Family Graveyard

I1- Tall tree
I2- Cycling
I3- Garibaldi- Meucci museum- William Cass house
I4- Golf
I5- Gym

J1- Skydiving
J2- Fort Wadsworth
J3- Jacques Marchais Tibetan museum
J4- Rossville Fire Station
J5- Boat Graveyard

K1- Verrazano bridge
K2- Casa Belvedere
K3- Wagner college-
Vanderbilt mausoleum
K4- Big Nose Kate Saloon
K5- Party

L1- Proposed Native American sculpture
L2- Camp Gateway - Fountain of the dolphins
L3- Reformed Church- burial of Dutch settlers- Huguenots
L4- Biddle house
L5- Conference house- Outer bridge

M1- Ships
M2- Boardwalk
M3- Vanderbilt at South Beach-
Ocean breeze
M4- Mount Loretto- Equestrian center
M5- Cliffs

N1- New York harbor
N2- Boating
N3- Sunbathing
N4- Seguine Burke mansion
N5- Bluff- Paint pots- Picking shells

O1- Fireworks
O2- Beachguard
O3- Fishing pier- Sandcastle
O4- Mansion marina
O5- Marina

P1- Rescue
P2- Boating
P3- Swordfish fishing
P4- Great Kills park- seals
P5- Sailing

Q1- Traveling
Q2- Whale hunting
Q3- Dolphins
Q4- Running
Q5- Movie star island







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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