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Site Visit: Lower East Side

September 14th, 2021
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Gather at: 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002
107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY, USA

Ryan is the Executive Director of FABnyc. She is an artist and organizer with three decades of history creating community-engaged cultural projects in the Lower East Side. She also leads Downtown Art (DTA), a community arts center in the East 4th Street Cultural District.

David is the Director of Urban Design at WXY architecture + urban design. David has spearheaded a range of projects and initiatives, including the development of neighborhood-based public realm plans, research on emerging mobility options, and guidelines for the design and retrofit of public housing complexes.

Jonathan is an architectural designer at Marvel, where he works on adaptive reuse, community facilities, and housing. Jonathan received his masters in architecture from the Yale School of Architecture (where he was a Rome Fellow), and is a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College.

Alejandro is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Loisaida Inc. Arts & Cultural Center. Alejandro brings more than ten-year career as a cultural worker and organizer, where he oversees the organization’s technology and media programs, web development, image and branding of Loisaida Inc. and the annual Loisaida Festival.

John is a New York based architectural designer working for FCA. He graduated from NYIT and is currently obtaining a Master’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute. At FCA his focus is on designing innovative solutions for the healthcare sector while spearheading community outreach initiatives such as Neighborhoods Now.

Join us for a walking tour exploring the cultural transformation of Lower East Side streets with Ryan Gilliam, David Vega-Barachowitz, Jonathan Molloy, Alejandro Epifanio Torres, and John D’Onofrio.

When COVID-19 hit, the street became a site to negotiate creative new uses like cultural expression. In the Lower East Side, streets like Avenue B became a lifeline for artists who could no longer perform indoors. As the city slowly reopens, how can streets play a role in building more connected and culturally vibrant neighborhoods?

This tour will explore several activations created through Neighborhoods Now and visit NYC DOT Open Streets to investigate future opportunities for streets through the lens of culture.

Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates.

To keep a walking group manageable, we will limit this tour to 30 participants. We will share outdoor tour safety guidelines in advance of the tour.


About Streets Ahead ↓

In our 2021-2022 program Streets Ahead, Urban Design Forum (UDF) invites architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, public officials, artists, community organizers, scholars, lawyers, journalists, and community developers to advance ideas and proposals to envision a more vibrant, equitable streetscape. Throughout the program, we will consider the question: How can we transform streets to build connected communities?

As part of the program, UDF will host outdoor, COVID-19 safe neighborhood walking tours throughout New York City to explore recent activations and new visions for the street.

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