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Paper: The Inwood Astronomy Project: 100 Nights in Manhattan—An Outreach Initiative to Underserved Communities
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 166
Authors: Kendall, J.S.
Abstract: Observing the night sky in New York City is a challenge. However, there is a popular, and even club-going, interest in science in New York City. On the edges of that interest, most people that live in New York City have never had the opportunity to look through a telescope, particularly in underserved areas such as Northern Manhattan. The presenter discusses plans for frequent observing sessions utilizing the parks in New York City combined with public classes at the New York Public Library. Both observing sessions and classes will be held in the ethnically, racially and economically diverse Bronx and Manhattan neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Marble Hill and Inwood. Integration with area middle, elementary and high schools is also discussed. Particular issues surrounding publicity and the need for showmanship in an image-driven community with numerous entertainment opportunities are also discussed.
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