Water Towns: Staten Island

 

Water Towns: Staten Island

Site specific walks and story maps
Created by Nathan Kensinger
In partnership with NYC H2O
Staten Island, 2020-2023

Water Towns: Staten Island is a series of artist-led walks and story maps created by Nathan Kensinger, tracing out the hidden histories of forgotten streams and waterfront towns in Staten Island. These walks and maps guide participants along lost waterways including Winant’s Brook, Lemon Creek, and Tappen’s Creek, as they wind through historic villages including Sandy Ground, Kreischerville, and Prince’s Bay. Water Towns explores the intersections of environmental pollution, stormwater infrastructure, sea level rise and post-industrial ecosystems, in landscapes that have been shaped and reshaped by centuries of human habitation.

Water Towns: Staten Island was created with the support of the environmental non-profit NYC H2O, and funded in part by a 2020 New York City Council Cultural Immigration Initiative Grant. In 2023, it was exhibited as part of the Staten Island Museum exhibit Vulnerable Landscapes. A collection of four story maps can be viewed at NYC H2O.

   

 

 

 

 

  • All images © Nathan Kensinger 2023