This lettering walk will roam from the west side of Manhattan eastward between 14th Street and 34th Street. It will cover Chelsea, the Flatiron District, Ladies’ Mile, Union Square, Gramercy Park and perhaps more. These neighborhoods are largely residential, but there are pockets of industrial buildings as well as numerous commercial strips. We will look at churches, liquor stores, apartment buildings, 19th century department stores, government buildings, and public schools. The lettering styles we will encounter include Art Nouveau (a rarety in New York), Art Deco, slab serifs, grotesques, classical Roman capitals, and some scripts. There will also be a few ghost signs. At the end of the walk, we will repair to a nearby cafe or restaurant for drink and food—and more conversation about letters and type.

Paul Shaw is a typographer, typographic historian and urban lettering expert. He has been conducting lettering walks in cities throughout the United States and Canada since 2005 for the Type Directors Club, TypeCon and various American and European design schools. He has also led or co-led Legacy of Letters since 2010, a combination lettering tour and workshop in northern Italy.

DATE: Sunday, November 19, 2023
TIME: 11:00 am – 2:00pm ET
WHERE: 14th to 34th St: Chelsea, Flatiron, Gramercy Park & More (Starting Location TBA)
PRICE: $45 ($35 for Members)

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