There are some places where proud New Yorkers do not lurk. The Staten Island Ferry, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, for example, seem to appear as blips on an insider’s map of the city; places to take your third cousins after their eyes start hurting from the flash of photographing Times Square. But if those token sites are tourist landmarks, then Governors’ Island is a passing thought – the forgotten isle. It is an enchanting experience, then, to visit this forgotten location and discover New York’s treasures anew. This summer, however, Governors’ Island isn’t just a historic area but is transformed, courtesy of the organization No Longer Empty, into The Sixth Borough.
The Sixth Borough is an exhibition based in the rooms of four historic houses on Colonel Row, a set of residential homes previously occupied by military officers and their families. These houses have not been properly restored or renovated; decay and water stains are clearly visible. But while only art materials now inhabit these rooms, Colonel’s Row is truly no longer empty. Instead, its filled with people’s memories and feelings – past and present- invested in creative work. [Read more…]