The Bowery Mission has been the New Museum’s neighbor to the south since we opened on the Bowery in 2007. For several years, the Museum has partnered with the Mission to provide free art-making opportunities and tours for Mission guests, and each year the Museum serves as a donation site for the Mission’s annual winter coat drive.
Currently, the Mission is experiencing much greater demand as they work to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The barricades in front of the Museum belong to the Mission, which has set up tents and stations for food distribution which takes place multiple times a day to serve the surge of people in need. The barricades help manage the lines and necessary social distancing while allowing clear passage to pedestrians.
Please participate in our online drive for the Mission’s most-needed items here. If you would like to purchase these items from your preferred retailer, we are accepting items in person as well. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate your drop-off, and please see here for a list of needed items with specifications: