Hester Street Collaborative Paints Allen Street Mall Sidewalk

Posted on: August 10th, 2010 at 6:26 am by

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The uneven foot trap that is the Allen Street Mall now boasts some interesting sidewalk art.  Beginning at the long-dormant public bathrooms at the intersection of Delancey, a white crosswalk snakes its way northward to East Houston. At random spots along the way, the path is interrupted by globe-like neighborhood map markers.

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After doing a bit of digging, we learned that the non-profit Hester Street Collaborative is behind this public art project.  With the help of interns and volunteers culled from its Citizen Designer Internship program, the so-called “Mall-teration” took place over a four week period, and was completed on July 26.

And here is more on the Hester Street Collaborative:

HSC is a design/build non-profit organization created to improve the physical environment in underserved NYC neighborhoods. HSC works with residents and students in affordable housing developments, public spaces, and schools on participatory architectural projects. It is our belief that a design-build process can improve the quality of life in underserved communities in two ways: By creating compelling places, which serve the local residents; By building social capital through the process of articulating and realizing a shared vision.

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[Photo Credit: HSC blog]

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