May 10 - May 14, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
miLES - Allen Street Storefront, 103 Allen Street
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This tour serves as a companion tour to the special exhibit remount of In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses Expressway and the Battle for Downtown presented by NYC Department of Records, in association with miLES and FABnyc.
The Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX) was a 10-lane expressway, first proposed in 1929 as a small part of a plan to build highways throughout the region, that would have cut across the heart of the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Village and SoHo, creating a barrier across Manhattan that would have displaced thousands of residents, closed businesses, and demolished hundreds of buildings.
Today this monumental structure—the dream of master builder Robert Moses is rarely talked about, and new immigrants most certainly ignorant of it entirely. What happened to the highway, who stopped it, and what can we learn from this seemingly impossible battle against the most powerful man in New York?
Join curator and educator Noah Fuller on a multi-sensory exploration of LOMEX and the activists who fought to preserve their communities. You’ll get to walk the path of the highway and collectively imagine what could have been and what challenges Downtown Manhattan continues to face. Bring good walking shoes and a desire to participate! Tours will meet and end at the exhibit at 103 Allen Street.
There are TWO tours Available:
Tuesday, May 10, 5PM
Saturday, May 14, 3.30PM
Meeting point: miLES Community Space, 103 Allen Street
Note: Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before! Tours last approximately an hour.
This tour is free but spaces are limited; please reserve your space below!
The original exhibit is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Records, Below the Grid Lab and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, focusing on the architectural, political, and personal, aspects that arose with the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX).
About Noah Fuller
Noah is an artist and co-curator of “Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office” and “In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown.” His work has been shown at the Samek Art Museum and the Central Booking gallery. He is based in Brooklyn and an inaugural member of NYU’s Art, Education & Community Practice master’s program.
Bookings are closed for this event.