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The Bridge: Join the Bowery Boys for a special book club event at the Van Alen Institute

Love graphic novels? Love the Brooklyn Bridge? Join Greg Young from the Bowery Boys podcast as he moderates this month’s Van Alen Book Club — hosted by the Van Alen Institute, on Friday, February 28.

The book we’re discussing is The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York by Peter J. Tomasi, illustrated by Sara Duvall.

This discussion will also kick off the Van Alen Institute’s new competition Reimagining the Brooklyn Bridge,


Friday, February 28

7–9 pm


Building Energy Exchange

31 Chambers St, Suite 608

New York, NY

Admission is free but you’ll need to sign up here to register. If the list sells out, you can join the wait list, and the Van Alen Institute will let you know when room becomes available.

About the Book

The Brooklyn Bridge’s striking form has held the attention of the world for centuries — its enduring iconographic power makes it one of the most visited and photographed locations in the city. But few people know about its history and the epic drama that played out before the family who engineered its development.

Join us as we read The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York, a historical graphic narrative by famed comic book writer Peter J. Tomasi. “Iconic structures often have fascinating stories behind them,” notes Publishers Weekly, “but rarely do the tellings emphasize the human as this one does.”

We’ll consider the powerful impression the bridge made on the world when it was built, and its continued significance in our appraisal of great infrastructure and public places. The wide-ranging nature of our discussion ensures that it is not necessary to have read the book in order to attend and participate.

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