Lecture: Hell Gate - Imaginative Qualities of An Actual Place
"Hell Gate - Imaginative Qualities of An Actual Place"
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM | Virtual via Zoom
$5/household | HRMM members FREE
Part history and part memoir, Hell Gate tells of a man’s excursions along and through Hell Gate, a narrow stretch of water in New York City’s East River, notorious for dangerous currents, shipwrecks, and its melancholic islands and rocks. Drawn to the area by his fascination with its name—from the Dutch Hellegat, translated into English as both “bright passage” and “hellhole”—what began as a set of casual walks for Michael Nichols became an exploration of landscape and history as he traces these idyllic and hellish images in an attempt to discover Hell Gate’s hidden character and the meaning of its elusive name.
Michael Nichols is the author of Hell Gate: A Nexus of New York's East River (2018)
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