Running through New York City there are approximately 300 miles of linear elevated tracks, from above-ground subways, and bridges to elevated highways. The space beneath this infrastructure is called El-Space, and for much of the city’s history this space has been neglected and under utilized. Over the past few years the Design Trust for Public Space and New York City Department of Transportation have been working on a project to reclaim this space for use by New Yorkers. Last year Untapped Cities partnered with Design Trust to launch the first phase of the project in Brooklyn, and this year guests are invited to check out a new El-Space pilot installation in Long Island City as part of NYCxDesign Week. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can reserve a spot to this free event. Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!

At a special site visit and panel discussion, guests will get to see the latest pilot installation and preview the planning framework which will apply to millions of square feet of El-Space across the five boroughs. Mixing art, landscaping, and innovative design, the El-Space project seeks to create a more “hospitable pedestrian experience, greater environmental resilience, and enhanced lighting beneath and adjacent to elevated transportation infrastructure citywide.” As you walk around the site, walk around the site, staff from the Design Trust and New York City Department of Transportation will be on hand to answer any questions. Following the site visit, there will be a panel discussion.

DATE: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 5:00PM-7:00PM

  • 5:00-6:00PM: EL-SPACE MEET-AND-GREET (Stop in whenever you want)
  • 6:00-7:00PM EL-SPACE PANEL

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders! (Free for the general public)

CAPACITY: 25 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Thursday, May 2nd at 12 PM EST

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