worldwide walks

in new york city

The Walk Exchange organizes free public walks in New York City and beyond. In collaboration with walkers around the world, we use the local practice of walking to create global communities. Designed by artists, activists and academics, each walk provides unique insights into the places and people around us.

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Join our next walk: 25 May in NYC.

Walking Towards a Second City

Often referred to as England’s second city, Birmingham is generally overshadowed by the grandeur of London, the charm of the countryside, and, with its wonky roads and accents, being the frequent butt of the rest of the country’s jokes. In collaboration with artists from the UK-based Walkspace Collective, the Walk Exchange will explore lower Manhattan through the lens of Birmingham. 

While Brummies have lots of cultural imaginaries associated with New York City, New Yorkers likely have fewer of Birmingham. This walk addresses that, exploring lower Manhattan through the eyes of 5 Birmingham-based artists, Josh Allen, Jay Mason Burns, Dan C, Fiona Cullinan and Andrew Howe.

Starting at Wall Street’s Charging Bull––our nod to Birmingham’s Bull Ring and its own bullish sculpture––we will traverse lower Manhattan following the prompts and inspirations of five artists from the Walkspace Collective,. Their artistic inquiries and directives will have us following a map starting from those infamous bulls, and gazing at skyscrapers, exploring the footsteps of Washington Irving and considering the impact of Robert Moses on urban planning along the way.

The walk is free and open to all. We will be deciding the route together and will work as a collective to make the walk accessible to everyone who joins.

Date: 25 May

Starting Location NYC: Bowling Green park (PX3P+XG, New York, NY 10004)

Time: 2 PM, EDT

Length: 90 minutes.

Cost: Free!

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Walking Across the Pond

The Walk Exchange’s 2023/24 season features of a series of exchanges with walkers “across the pond”. Through collaborations with artists in London (the demolition project), Birmingham (Walkspace) and Manchester (The Loiterer’s Resistance Movement), we will create links between New York City and creative walking practices happening in England.

Check out our upcoming walks to see how you can join us.

WSTC 5 in London


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