New York City's history belongs to all of us. In recent months, attention has been focused on the removal of statues and markers that glamorize racism. But it is also imperative for NYC to add to what we commemorate. Our current tools are inadequate to reflect our diverse history. We need to publicly recognize a far more inclusive set of histories, communities and cultures -- so that all our histories are on the map.
This site provides a glimpse of what could be accomplished through a new inclusive and accessible NYC Historic and Cultural Markers Program, highlighting a few examples of the stories, struggles, and sites. This list is by no means exhaustive. Such a program would include stories from NYC's fantastically diverse range of communities, cultures, identities, religions, national origins and political movements -- including but not limited to Native American, Black & Hispanic; Caribbean, Indian, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Russian & Bangladeshi; the struggles of workers, people with disabilities, LGBTQ New Yorkers & many others.
This website was created by the office of New York City Council Member Brad Lander, in conjunction with Council Members Laurie Cumbo and Jimmy Van Bramer. We hope you will review and enjoy this glimpse, share your feedback and thoughts for other markers, and join in the effort to create a new citywide program.