3. Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)
Today, the squatter residence and punk venue of C-Squat houses the Museum of Reclaimed Space (MoRUS). The museum celebrates the history grassroots activism in New York by showcasing efforts of citizens to “reclaim” abandoned spaces owned by large corporations in an effort to build community.
It goes also explains to visitors to social and political implications behind reclaiming these spaces, but also how the cycles of urban landscapes, how they change and adapt to the times, and how it was the rebels of society, the artists and ecologically conscious that sought to change the fate of the commercial neglect.
The MoRUS may be just a small, volunteer-run museum, but it sets out to highlight this important history as well as the continuing activism continuing to happen in the city today. It serves as a reminder that the grassroots activism days of New York City are not over.
For a more in-depth look, check out our coverage of the museum in Living Activism at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space in NYC’s East Village.