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AOL 25for25 Grant Winner Launches "Sites of Memory"

May 24, 2012

AOL 25for25 Grant winner Angela Reichers has launched "Sites of Memory," a map based website that connects disparate New York City locations to curated historic narratives of the city – mainly funded by the AOL Grant Program. The site is accompanied by a smartphone application, allowing users to engage virtually while physically visiting each site. The map stretches throughout the five boroughs of New York City and stories range from the story of Juan Perez who was eaten by a polar bear at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo to the disastrous sinking of the General Slocum steamship in 1904. The stories are narrated by Kurt Andersen, Lewis H. Lapham, Angela Reichers, and Luc Sante. Angela Reicher is an art director and writer based in New York. Before founding Sites of Memory, she was the art director for Harper's Magazine and a contributing designer for New York Times T Magazine.

In October 2010, AOL awarded 25 groundbreaking creatives $25k grants. A distinguished advisory board was assembled to review all applications, including Adam D. Weinberg, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art; Chrissie Iles, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Andy Spade, Partners & Spade; Rafael de Cardenas, Architecture at Large; Kim Hastreiter, Paper Magazine; Christian Viveros Faune, Village Voice; Jen Bekman, 20x200; and Glenn O'Brien, Writer.

We are thrilled that we had the opportunity to nurture the launch of such an innovative and experiential website. To learn more about the 25for25 grant program and Angela you can visit her page on