Book Talk: Brooklyn Arcadia

Presented in Partnership with Brooklyn Public Library

In collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library’s Park Slope Library and Green-Wood Cemetery, we are thrilled to present this book talk with photographer and writer Andrew Garn, moderated by writer Allison C. Meier. The event will celebrate Brooklyn Arcadia, the new book featuring Andrew’s photographs of the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Enjoy an informative presentation featuring photos from the book, a conversation between Andrew and Allison, and time for audience Q&A.

We hope you will join us on Tuesday, January 23rd for this installment of our winter book talk series!

The event is free and registration is required. Registration is coordinated by Brooklyn Public Library. Email with any questions.

About the Book

The New York City treasure, newly photographed, is revealed as garden in the city, repository for memory, and a place for repose, inspiration, and delight. Photographs by Andrew Garn, Foreword by Richard J. Moylan, and Introduction by Thomas J. Campanella.

Green-Wood is a living cemetery that brings people closer to the world by memorializing the dead even as it embraces the art, history, and natural beauty of New York. Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its beauty, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked here to enjoy family outings in the finest of first-generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect parks. Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds, and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 570,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Read more about the book here.

Tuesday, January 23
6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Park Slope Library
431 6th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Member: Free!
Non-member: Free!

  • Brooklyn Arcadia: Art, History, and Nature at Majestic Green-Wood, by Andrew Garn, Foreword by Richard J. Moylan, Introduction by Thomas J. Campanella. Credit: Rizzoli.
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  • Andrew Garn (featured writer) and Allison C. Meier (moderator).
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Meet the Speakers

Andrew Garn, Featured Writer
Garn is a native New Yorker, photographer and writer of 12 books, including The New York Pigeon , Subway Style, Wildflowers of NYC, New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms, and most recently, Brooklyn Arcadia: Art, History & Nature at Majestic Green-Wood.

His work has been featured in scores of publications, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Fortune, Forbes, Photo, Stern, El Pais, Audubon, Interview, Vogue, Elle Décor, and Metropolitan Home.

Allison C. Meier, Moderator
Allison C. Meier is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and researcher focused on visual culture, architecture, and overlooked history. Her book Grave was published this year by Bloomsbury as part of the Object Lessons book series. She’s also the author of the Great Trees of New York Map, Art Deco New York Map, and Concrete New York Map from Blue Crow Media. She is currently the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine and has bylines in the New York Times, CityLab, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and other publications. She moonlights as a cemetery tour guide. Read more about her work here.