This Nomadic Typewriter Documents New York City's Subconscious

“The Typewriter Project” in McCarren Park, Brooklyn
“The Typewriter Project” in McCarren Park, Brooklyn
Photo: Allison Meier

Want to contribute to the storied history of New York City? Inside a wooden shack in Williamsburg's McCarren Park you can sit at a typewriter and add to the collaborative poem, The Typerwriter Project: The Subconscious of the City. The project, which aims to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of the city, has moved from Governor's Island to Tompkins Park to its current location.

“People’s entries have ranged from the guy who comes every day to add to his serialized piece of fiction to a baby or dog banging out what reads as total gibberish. We’ve also seen everything in between: notes to passed loved ones, letters to friends, lines of poetry, short recollections from a person’s day, passing thoughts, jokes, random collections of words that someone thought of, bits of dialogue, promotional text, rants. It’s wonderful to see how differently each person thinks when they can suddenly write whatever they want.”

Whether you want to add your voice to the tapestry or just enjoy the clicking of a vintage typewriter, visit McCarren Park today!

The Typewriter Project: The Subconscious of the City
Joshua Mu

Joshua Mu

Contributing Writer

When he is not attempting to hustle the hustlers of Central Park, Joshua enjoys exploring the depths of what New York has to offer. He one day hopes to pilot a drone without immediately crashing it.

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