Covid19 has taken the life of William Helmreich and I thought I’d like to share my one contact I had with him.
Back in 2013 I had the opportunity to meet William Helmreich at a conference. He spoke about his book, “The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 miles in the City.” His presentation included stories of people he met during his walks. He mentioned that he met people from almost every country in the world as he walked every street in our city. One of the things he found was the changes of the neighborhoods. New cultures moved in and the previous one moved to another part of the city. This is a change that has been happening over the last century. He had the audience enthralled with his stories and anecdotes.
Afterwards, I approached him and we talked about his book. During our conversation I mentioned my idea to build a website about our city. He was courteous and was generous with his knowledge. He was intrigued and said that the best way to really see the city was to walk it. He said to forget what you may have heard about a neighborhood or street, and to research it as though you had never been there before. Which I have done since then.
Mr. Helmreich passed away on March 28 from Covid19.
After reading about his death and hearing about deceased persons being by themselves, I thought that perhaps it might be good to allow some of our followers to write a little about their loved ones in the comment section below.
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