Park McArthur is an artist and disability justice activist. She lives in the East Village. I met her for an interview. In this interview excerpt, Park talks about the pleasure of navigating NYC’s sidewalks. To know more about Park’s artwork, visit the webpage of Ramps, her second solo exhibition at Essex Street *** Transcript: Laurence: […]Continue reading Above ground with Park McArthur
Wheeling NY City, the blog
During October and November 2014, Laurence Parent will be blogging from New York City, where she will be conducting interviews with disabled New Yorkers and learning about what it means to wheel New York City.
Jeanne L’Hermite is a PhD fellow at New York University. Jeanne is almost completely blind and uses a white cane to get around the city. I first met her in her neighbourhood, Queens, for a first interview. We decided to meet again for a wheeling interview. What would it be like for us to get […]Continue reading Wheeling interview with Jeanne L’Hermite
I am sitting at a table in Bryant Park. I just met with a guy from Long Island who did his Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies at York University. He was there a year after me and we had never met in person before. We spent two hours in the park talking about York, […]Continue reading Coconut with a hint of pity
En prévision de la visite de deux amis se déplaçant en fauteuil roulant motorisé, j’ai rédigé un guide d’utilisation du métro de New York qui comprend seulement 25 étapes faciles! Ce guide est basé mes expériences des dernières semaines en tant que personne utilisant un fauteuil roulant motorisé. 1- Étudiez la carte Le métro compte […]Continue reading Guide d’utilisation du métro de New York en 25 étapes faciles
Au début, chaque descente de trottoir est une surprise. De par son emplacement. De par son inclinaison. De par l’irrégularité de sa surface. De par sa géographie (un lac ou une plaine?). Puis parfois, la surprise c’est qu’il n’y a pas de descente de trottoir du tout. Mais avec le temps, les surprises ne sont […]Continue reading Réflextions
The Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn, is one of NYC’s landmarks. At the time of its opening, on May 24, 1883, it was the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever constructed. More than 131 years later, the bridge is still open to cars and pedestrians. Its designer, John Augustus Roebling, died shortly after the beginning […]Continue reading Bridging Disability History
On the subway train to Brooklyn yesterday, an MTA ad caught my eye: “At age 80, who doesn’t need a facelift?” It went on, “The Smith-9th St station turned 80 this year. It was only fitting to make it look young again. Stop by to see the new or refurbished escalators, stairs, platform, lighting, PA […]Continue reading MTA, do you even lift?
I am meeting my friend Beth in front of the New York City Public Library at 1 pm. The MTA website gives me three options. One would take me 18 minutes, if it were accessible. The second one is also an 18-minute trip, and also not accessible. I’m left with option number 3, which is […]Continue reading It Happened Today
Le 2 octobre dernier, je suis allée à l’événement Queering Disability qui avait lieu à la New York University. C’était ma première visite sur le campus. L’évènement consistait en une série de performances d’artistes s’identifiant comme queer et handicapés. Plusieurs organisations étudiantes étaient impliquées dans l’organisation dont le LGBTQ Student Center, le Moses Center for […]Continue reading Queerer le handicap
October 21, 2014 As a researcher, I want do everything I can to accommodate the people who generously agree to give me a bit of their time to share some of their lived experiences with me. What this means is that I want to meet them where and when it is more convenient for them. […]Continue reading Planning an Interview