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. This event will be hosted for Forum Fellows. To join the Forum as a Fellow, click here. 

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.

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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.