Join the TDC and Paul Shaw for a walk through Lower Manhattan.


There is an area of Lower Manhattan that has escaped the realtor’s urge to name and identify. It is below Canal Street, east of Broadway (the common edge of Tribeca), west of Little Italy, and north of City Hall. It is an area that was changing rapidly before the Pandemic hit, with many shiny luxo-condos replacing decades-old manufacturing buildings and tenements. Much of its lettering is 19th and early 20th century in style: ghost signs, slab serifs, Tuscans, grots, Didones, etc.

This lettering walk is a chance to assess the damage, to see what gems still survive and what has been loast in the past half-decade. The walk will inevitably veer into adjoining neighborhoods and will end—for those staying throughout—with lunch or drinks in either Little Italy or Tribeca.


Paul Shaw has been leading urban lettering walks since 2005. Along with over 50 walks covering all of the five boroughs of New York, he has also conducted walks in thirteen other North American cities. Paul teaches the history of type at both the School of Visual arts and Parsons School of Design. With Patricia Childers he organizes the bi-annual Legacy of Letters tour and letterpress workshop in Italy.


DATE: October, June 23rd, 2022
TIME: 11:00 am – 2:00pm ET
WHERE: Lower Manhattan (Starting Location TBA)
PRICE: $45 ($35 for Members)

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