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Sunday, May 04, 2008

On The Street Where I Live



Fern Luskin is an art historian who lives on my block and a total hero. This short, but effective video reports on Fern's single-handed mission to save the only documented Underground Railroad Station in Manhattan, the former home of the abolitionists, Abigail Hopper Gibbons and James Sloan Gibbons. It was made by Djenny Passe-Rodriguez of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

No. 339 (adorned with ivy) in 1932.
West 29th Street in Manhattan when it was Lamartine Place in 1932. Photograph by Percy Loomis Sperr.

The New York Times also published an article on her efforts, and if anyone is interested in writing to the Chairperson of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, this is the contact information:

Hon. Robert G. Tierney
Landmarks Preservation Commission
2 Center Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10007

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at FastCompany.com and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on DesignObserver.com. In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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