Inspired by the Water's Edge at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Author Jennifer Egan, whose forthcoming novel, Manhattan Beach, led her to years of research about communities on the water's edge, leads this panel in a conversation about Brooklyn's waterfronts, industrial and liminal, as an inspiration to artists.

Panelists include Nicki Pombier, co-founder of the digital journal, Underwater New YorkElizabeth Albert, author of Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: NYC's Forgotten Waterfront, Marilyn Symmes, curator of the new BHS DUMBO exhibition, Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn's Waterfront, and Nathan Kensinger, filmmaker, curator, and one of the photographers whose work is featured in Shifting Perspectives.

Inspired by the Water's Edge
Wednesday, June 21
Doors: 6:00 pm
Event: 6:30 pm
$5 General Admission / Free for Members

Silent Beaches, Untold Stories Book Launch at Greenlight Bookstore, 9/29

Join us on

Thursday, September 29, 7:30 PM


Greenlight Bookstore / 686 Fulton St. Brooklyn

for a book launch event to celebrate Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront

Hosted by author and editor Elizabeth Albert and co-hosted by fiction and poetry editors Underwater New York

Featuring readings by Susan Choi, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Nelly Reifler, and Amy Shearn

A champagne reception will follow the readings! 

RSVP and learn more at the Facebook event page!


UNY / Versal Reading at WORD in Greenpoint, afterparty at the Brooklyn Barge

Underwater New York is thrilled to co-host a reading with Amsterdam-based journal Versal on Thursday, July 28th, at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint. The seven readers--three representing UNY, four representing Versal--will be engaging with their nautical cities' shared relationship with water and with music. 

In from Amsterdam, Versal editors Anna Arov, Jennifer Arcuni and Eleanor Paynter will be reading from their own work, and will be joined by Versal contributing poet Dawn Losinger. 

UNY contributors Tobias Carroll, Alanna Schubach and Lauren Waterman will be reading from fiction and nonfiction inspired by the songs Trans-Hudson by My Favorite Citizen, The Downeaster 'Alexa' by Billy Joel and River by Joni Mitchell, respectively. For a preview, check out Alanna Schubach's essay, Islanders Like Me

Following the reading, we can mosey over to the Brooklyn Barge for drinks and superlative views.

Thursday, July 28, 7 pm.

WORD Bookstore is located at 126 Franklin Street in Greenpoint.

The Brooklyn Barge is located at 97 West Street in Greenpoint.