Category Archives: A City Traced

Fall 2016: Cutting & Composing!

Greetings & Happy Fall! Our edit is coming along nicely, thanks to the generous funding from the Graham Foundation. We are excited to announce that while Editor Yuki Kokubo and Co-Director/Editor Will Lehman are working on weaving the film’s visual arc, Andy Clausen, a top-notch musician and composer, is whipping us up a tasty soundtrack! […]

We are 2016 Graham Foundation Grantees!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that A City Traced is a recipient of the the Graham Foundation’s 2016 Grants to Individuals! Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts “makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse […]

ACT in 2015

There have been some mild shake-ups in the A City Traced world – Will moved himself to the wild and beautiful land of Oregon and Prudence (who is writing this blog post) has been working as a researcher on the funky finances of New York political campaigns. But, thanks to the help of old and […]

A New Year’s Tour of a Changing Queens

Happy 2015! Last Sunday, Will, Dan and Prudence documented a walking tour given by Jack Eichenbaum in Willets Point, Queens. The weather was cold, but the sun was out and it was interesting to hear the story of Queens’ agragian past as we strolled through the manicured Flushing Meadows Park and potholed and flooded concrete […]

A New Year and a Look Back

Happy New Year! The last half of 2013 was quite busy for ACT – we interviewed several planners, workers, urban historians, business people, social theorists, and others who have an influential role in shaping New York City.  Thanks to our entire production team who have made all of these amazing shoots possible! While we still […]

Recording the sounds of the city, with a DIY belt clip

In order to extend our audio range as we do more and more shooting outside of our more controlled interview setups, we recently started using a boom attached to an external audio recorder, in this case the Tascam DR100 mkII. Not having any kind of belt clip, our first time out it sat in a […]

Video Profile: Juan Francisco Useche – Irca Metal Spinning

  One of the goals of A City Traced is to highlight some of the manufacturing businesses that make up New York City’s diverse economy. Juan Francisco Useche founded Irca Metal Spinning 35 years ago and is still creating lighting fixtures for the city to this day. We wanted to excerpt some longer takes from […]

Springtime in the Archives

We’ve spent the past few days researching at Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in beautiful, misty Ithaca. Our eyeballs and fingers have gone over boxes upon boxes of early planning ephemera, notes, letters, and schemes. Here’s an example of a 1920’s glass negative: a photo of the majestic Woolworth Building (with the […]

Roberta Brandes Gratz interview

We recently interviewed author and historic preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz during a gray and rainy afternoon. Her most recent book is Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, and she regaled us, as the rain turned to fat white flakes of sleet, with tales of New York City’s […]

The Port and Sandy

In October we had the pleasure of speaking with Eric Darton, author of Divided We Stand: A Biography of the World Trade Center. Our interview’s finale was in Battery Park City, with the marina and the World Financial Center as our backdrop.