The Meadowlands are the closest open landscape to the architectural mass of Manhattan, just two miles away. Covering around 35 square miles, the Meadowlands are similar in size, and orientation, to their urban doppelganger. Unlike the highly designed and managed space of the city however, the modern Meadowlands formed more by incident, accident, and happenstance.
For decades the Meadowlands was an away space for the city, a dumping ground for unwanted debris. The marsh, drained in attempts to evict mosquitoes, was then filled in by thousands of acres of waste. Though the edges have been paved over and developed, the core remains raw, exposing the soft tissue and tendons of the intense urbanity that surrounds it. The points of interest in this project are a sampling of the kinds of sites that the Meadowlands has to offer.
Matthew Coolidge, director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, presented a slideshow trip into the Meadowlands, the superlative urban antipode swamplands in New Jersey.
When: 7:30PM, August 11, 2012
Where: Studio-X, 180 Varick Street, Suite 1610, New York, New York 10014
Points of Interest in the Meadowlands was supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.