Our Journey, Our Bridge – an XR Storytelling Experience

What is an XR Storytelling Experience?

XR stands for eXtended Reality. You might have also heard it called mixed-reality or real-world metaverse. We merge digital and physical – fusing elements heard or seen on an app to locations you explore physically. This allows us to bring a storytelling experience beyond the proscenium or screen, engage all your five senses, and use the real world as a stage.

In Emily Was Here, the Brooklyn Bridge is our stage.

Emily Was Here is a new type of immersive experience:

This is a self-guided app-lead experience you can do solo at any time of day – minimal time for the experience is 50 minutes.

Using the ChalkNotes app on their smartphone, participants are virtually guided across the Brooklyn Bridge, in both directions, by Emily Warren Roebling, the woman responsible for guiding the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. While our characters aren’t physically with you on the Bridge, their voices and spirits are very much with you throughout your experience. 

Step by Step, Emily is with you along the way. She introduces you to a New York love story, a series of poems, and shares personal historic moments of her life – all while you watch the sunset over the New York City skyline.

The ChalkNotes AR experience is a mix of audio and visual experiences. Use the ChalkNotes app, audio directions, and your map to guide yourself through the story, from location to location on the Brooklyn Bridge. If an augmented reality (AR) moment is present, you will see an icon to push to activate the camera on your app. Scan the area to reveal AR objects.

Sometimes you will be asked a question on how to proceed – enter your response on the app to choose your experience. For the best overall experience, use the text directions at each location to know if you should stop or continue walking while you listen.

MUST BRING SMARTPHONE, HEADPHONES & COMFORTABLE SHOES. It is not possible to do the experience without the ChalkNotes App and headphones. If you bring wireless earbuds hold on to them, we are not responsible for them dropping and falling in a crack in the floorboards and into the East River. You will be walking for about an hour, so set a comfortable pace that is good for you, and rest on a bench if you like.

When you are on the Bridge, bring attention to your surroundings. Please be aware at all times. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the busiest tourist attractions in New York City, so be aware of those around you.

Be one of the first to enjoy this original storytelling experience – it is your journey, your bridge – Emily Was Here


“Still I Rise” by Dr. Maya Angelou. Used with permission of Caged Bird Legacy, LLC. A portion of ticket sales will go to license for use.

The Queen by Pablo Neruda © by Pablo Neruda. A portion of ticket sales will go to license for use.

Inclusive ticket model

It is hard to earn recurring earnings as an artist – so we created a model to honor the artist in the creator economy. NYCXR makes art that generates ticket sales day after day through technology for unlimited audiences. This innovative and inclusive type of ticket system can endlessly generate revenue for artists, performers and creators involved.

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Where emerging technology and classic storytelling merge into a multi-realm of the ever evolving creative highway. Our mission is to explore storytelling possibilities in the realm of XR Immersive Cross-Platform entertainment with emerging technology – including film, theatre, TV, immersive theater, art, NFT, and XR.