miLES engagement workshop in progress, Feast Conference Community Pavilion, 2012
The Lower East Side is a neighborhood of and for dreamers: immigrants, artists, small-business owners, and others hustling to make things happen. While the neighborhood has gone through revitalization and gentrification in the last few years, there are still over two hundred lots and empty storefronts in the neighborhood that are ripe for activation.
miLES opens up these underused spaces to possibilities. We work with members of the community—artists, small business owners, residents, and landlords—to make these spaces available as starter homes for emerging projects of all varieties. During New Museum’s IDEAS CITY festival, miLES will curate several storefronts in the neighborhood and allow people to test new program possibilities and exchange creative values.
At StreetFest, miLES will host a workshop in which we ask the public what they would like to see in underused storefronts in the LES. Come tell us what works for you!
Storefront for Learning
221 E Broadway at Pushcart Coffee
May 1 – 4, nightly from 7-9:00 p.m.
Storefront for Starter Projects
75 E 4th Street at Fabworks
May 1, 2 and 4 from 7-9:00 p.m.