Meet the islands of New York. From the New York Harbor to the most easterly border of New York, seventy islands form this archipelago that rivals in size and beauty those of Venice, Istanbul or Hong Kong.

Names like Cholera and West Bank, False Hook, Money Pot or even Rats Island, promise challenges and adventures. Dead Horse- and Princess Bay sound like places out of fairy tales and locations like Rockaway, Jamaica Bay, Montauk or Manhattan speak of the indigenous people who once lived on that land.

Filmmaker and photographer Thomas Halaczinsky explores the New York islands, following the journey of explorer Adrian Block, who in 1614 was the first European to sail and map this magical and mysterious island world, calling it an archipelago for the very first time.

Since 2011, the artist has explored this archipelago and its stories on a 30 foot sailboat called Sojourn, so far, he has logged more than 3000 nautical miles. He documented his voyages in a wide range of images and videos that became the visual logbook of this modern day expedition.

The Author:

Thomas Halaczinsky is an award-winning New York documentary filmmaker, photographer, and writer who divides his time between Brooklyn and Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork, where he keeps his thirty-foot sailboat Sojourn. His work focuses on the relationship between people and places. In documentary films such as Coney Island: A last Summer (for German/French broadcaster ARTE in 2008) and Don’t Call it Heimweh, the opening film of the 2005 Berlin Jewish Film Festival, he explored the importance of place for the identity of the protagonists. In 1996 he won an ACE award for his contribution to the EMMY-awarded film Calling the Ghost. In 2016 his photographic series "Archipelago New York," featured in this book, received an honorable mention at the Tokyo International Photo Award.

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