Youth Arts New York & Hibakusha Stories
in co-production with the New York Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (NYCAN)
and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) present

THE NEW MANHATTAN PROJECT

From the Manhattan Project to Banning the Bomb,
New York’s City’s singular role in nuclear weapons development and disarmament

WRITTEN BY Katheen Sullivan, Linda S. Chapman, Robert Croonquist & Noah Diamond
DIRECTION Linda S. Chapman
TOUR GUIDE Noah Diamond
MUSIC DIRECTOR Sam Sadigursky
ORIGINAL MUSIC & MUSICIANS Sam Sadigursky, Nathan Koci, MARK Harmony, Meg Okura & New York Taiko Aiko Kai
SOUND DESIGN Blaise Dupuy
VIDEOGRAPHY Owen Crowley & Ari Beser
VIDEO EDITOR Tricia Cooke & Charlie Theobald
VIDEO CAST Leslie Cagan, Brendan Fay, Sally Jones, Johnny Marigliano, Omar McCray, Walter Naegle, Tyree Oredein, Seth Shelden & Mitchie Takeuchi
GRAPHIC DESIGN Moran Smithwick
ARCHIVAL RESEARCH Mays Smithwick
PRODUCTION MANAGER Ron Botting
HOUSE MANAGER Bruce Allardice
STAGE MANAGER Daniel Osman

The New Manhattan Project is performed without an intermission.

THE PROVENANCE
In a noisy back room of the Saints and Sinners pub, following the 2018 St. Pat’s For All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens, local members of ICAN collaborated with New York City Council Member Danny Dromm to craft nuclear disarmament legislation that aligns NYC with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Two months later we formally launched NYCAN on the Mystic Whaler, through a spirited but cold and rainy sail on the majestic Hudson River. Some 60 local artists, activists and educators joined a rain-drenched teach-in focusing on NYC’s central role in developing the world’s first nuclear weapons, and how new legislation could join forces with Don’t Bank on the Bomb to divest our city’s pension funds from nuclear weapon producers. Over the years, our research led us to discover many unknown, or barely known facts about the aptly named Manhattan Project. The Nuclear NYC Map was created by Kathleen Sullivan, Noah Diamond, Seth Shelden and Matthew Bolton for NYCAN, incorporating research by Catherine Falzone. Our map was designed by Noah Diamond who in real life is a bona fide New York City Tour Guide. Welcome Aboard our journey from building to banning the bomb.

TIME Past, Present, Future
PLACE New York City

WELCOME to our bus tour. You will be seeing New York City in a way you have never experienced before on this geographical tour of our city’s complicated legacy with nuclear weapons – building them, hosting them and finally banning them. Welcome to your NYC antinuclear adventure!

A TOUR IN FOUR PARTS

CREATION How did the door to the nuclear age first open here in New York City?
RESISTANCE to nuclear weapons came almost immediately through the power and politics of ordinary and extraordinary New Yorkers.
REMEDIATION is still required of former Manhattan Project sites throughout the boroughs.
ABOLITION In 2017 the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted here at the United Nations and entered into force in 2021. In that same year the New York City Council passed two pieces of nuclear disarmament legislation through the grit and tenacity of local New Yorkers.

THE STORY CONTINUES Join us in creating a world free of nuclear weapons.

GET INVOLVED
In addition to NYCAN and ICAN, partner groups active in New York include but are not limited to:
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Reaching Critical Will, Peace Action New York State, Rise and Resist, Peace Boat – US, the Manhattan Project for a Nuclear Free World, the Catholic Worker, Brooklyn for Peace, Union of Concerned Scientists, Reverse the Trend, The Granny Peace Brigade, the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of NY, the NYC Metro Raging Grannies, the NYC War Resisters League, Pax Christi New York State, Physicians for Social Responsibility – New York, Rising Together Guerilla Theater, Stand With Okinawa NY, NYC Veterans For Peace.

CALL New York City Comptroller Brad Lander at (212) 669-3916 and ask that he keep his campaign promise to divest New York City’s pensions from nuclear weapons producers.