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January Thursday

Rediscovering New York: Revealing Forgotten Landscapes


Explore three haunting corners of our city as we reveal the hidden secrets and unknown histories of Hart Island, the Fort Totten Water Battery, and the NY State Pavilion.

Join Aaron Asis, creator of Unforgotten Films and moderator Michelle Young, founder of Untapped New York, for an evening of film and conversation. Experts and advocates Moses Gates of the Regional Planning Association, Justin Rivers of Untapped New York, Salmaan Khan of People for the Pavilion, and artist Freya Powell help to unlock these forgotten gems.

Presented in partnership with Unforgotten Films and Untapped Cities.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

6:30 pm


  • General Admission $15
  • Member Admission $10
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    Aaron Asis

    Aaron Asis is an artist and the creator of Unforgotten Films, a collaborative film project created to reveal the beauty of inaccessible landscapes and demonstrate the impact of creative advocacy throughout New York City. As an artist, Aaron draws from a lifetime of curiosity and exploration to exhibit work in unexpected places and celebrate under-appreciated environments.


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    Moses Gates

    Moses Gates is the Vice President for Housing and Neighborhood Planning at Regional Plan Association, leading RPA’s efforts in housing affordability and urban design. Prior to joining RPA in 2016, Moses was Director of Planning and Community Development for the Association for Neighborhood Housing Development where he initiated New York City’s first community development fellowship program. He has been involved in a wide array of advocacy to improve public access to public spaces in New York City, from a dedicated bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge to opening Hart Island. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute and the author of the memoir Hidden Cities.

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    Salmaan Khan

    Salmaan Khan is the Co-Founder of People for the Pavilion, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness of the New York State Pavilion, a historic structure in Queens, NY. Salmaan also serves as NYC Program Manager for the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks, overseeing the Institute’s work with New York City-based groups, helping organizations build their capacity to plan, develop, and maintain great public places.

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    Freya Powell

    Freya Powell uses time-based and linguistic platforms to explore language and its relationship to memory, myth, and history. She has recently been awarded a development residency at MoMA PS1 and a New Work Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at Art in General (Brooklyn, NY), Herron School of Art (Indianapolis, IN) and Arts Santa Monica (Barcelona, Spain).

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    Justin Rivers

    Justin Rivers leads Untapped New York’s experience department, creating and delivering some of its most popular tours including the Remnants of the World’s Fairs, Flushing Meadow and the Remnants of Penn Station. He was playwright and producer of the off-Broadway show, The Eternal Space, which centered on the demolition of Penn Station. Justin is also the author and creator of graphic novel The Wonder City.

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    Michelle Young

    Michelle Young is the founder of Untapped New York, a web-magazine and tour company about New York City’s secrets and hidden places. She is a graduate of Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture. She is the author of guidebooks Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide and New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, as well as Broadway, a photobook that chronicles the history of one of New York’s most iconic streets.