‘Under the Elevated’ Kiosk Below the Manhattan Bridge Solicits Ideas for Transforming Public Space

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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Down under the Manhattan Bridge, where local Chinese engage in rousing games of Xiangqi, a new installation co-sponsored by the Department of Transportation and Design Trust has arisen.

“Under the Elevated” is a citywide program to “engage community leaders, planners, architects, artists and cultural organizations to develop strategies to maximize the function, use and spatial qualities of the millions of square feet of space underneath New York’s bridges, elevated highways, subways and rail lines.”

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Division Street beneath the bridge is one such location, and it’s where the pilot fact-finding mission is based. The official unveiling transpired last week and will remain on public display until later this weekend. Neighbors are encouraged to submit comments via tag-based board system. It’s hoped that with community input, the DOT and Design Trust can maximize the potential of this dark space.

Results of the study will be released in the fall, alongside recommendations for possible programming at this site.

Most of the locals passing through didn’t seem to care when we visited. What do you think this space could be used for?

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