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Wiki Gangs of New York: Editathon Recap


It was time to represent New York City and the Wikipedians showed up in force to do so! Wiki Gangs of New York was a Wikipedia editathon which took place at the Stephen A Schwarzman building on April 21, 2012 using the specialized collections of the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy and the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division. With so much great material on hand to reference, Wikipedia grew with specialized local information about New York.

A volunteer translates the NYPL entry for French WikipediaA volunteer translates the NYPL entry for French Wikipedia

Wiki Gangs of New York is the second editathon that NYPL has coordinated with the Wikimedia New York City chapter, following the success of Wikipedia! The Musical! which took place at the Library of the Performing Arts. Wikipedia volunteer and liaison Richard (Wikipedia user ID Pharos) was on hand again to coordinate with NYPL. A healthy mix of expert Wikipedians and newbies edited a total of twenty-two Wikipedia articles. The Queens Borough Historian, Jack Eichenbaum, even dropped by for a couple of hours to assist with specific questions.

Volunteers working hard and having funVolunteers working hard and having funThere was a great deal of interest in subway lines and parkways, neighborhoods in Queens, Coney Island attractions of the past, as well as public spaces in New York. Check out the impressive work done on these articles and see if there is anything you'd like to add:


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