Landmarks of New York Photo Show Opens

June 7, 2006

A ground-breaking exhibition of 81 photographs of landmark buildings in New York, commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary of New York's Landmarks Preservation Act, will open on Friday, June 9 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building South Observatory. The exhibition, which is being brought to 45 countries around the world by the State Dept., highlights the vitality, diversity and history of New York through its landmarks. It will run until July 12 on the 45th-floor South Observatory of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government No. 1 Bldg.

The Embassy is organizing a number of events around the exhibition to create a dialog on the importance of landmark preservation, historical buildings and urban planning in modern cities. These events include a roundtable discussion, "Landmarks as Urban Memory: New York - Tokyo," on June 15 at Tokyo University, as well as public programs led by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and well-known author, Asia expert and preservationist Alex Kerr in Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa.

"New York City and Tokyo are the world's two richest and most dynamic metropolises. Celebrating their sister-city relationship, the U.S. Embassy has brought this exhibit here to display New York's success in preserving its architectural patrimony, and more broadly, to illustrate the value Americans put on preserving our national heritage," said Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer. "We also hope to stimulate dialogue about how modern cities can build for the future while preserving the best of the past."

Further information about the exhibition and opening hours is available here.

The exhibition is being organized by the Embassy of the United States of America, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Morgan Stanley. It is supported by New York City, the Asahi Shimbun, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Google Japan, Inc.