32. El-Space in Long Island City

Rendering courtesy NYCDOT

As part of NYCxDESIGN this year, The Design Trust for Public Space and NYC Department of Transportation installed their latest El-Space pilot installation in Long Island City (following up last year’s pilot in Sunset Park that is still in place).

El-Space is a design proposal that will apply to millions of square feet of El-Space across the five boroughs, the underutilized space below elevated tracks. El-Space is “the first comprehensive approach in the nation to create a more hospitable pedestrian experience, greater environmental resilience, and enhanced lighting beneath and adjacent to elevated transportation infrastructure citywide.” The goals of The El-Space project are to “improve pedestrian mobility and safety, foster environmental health, and link neighborhoods to jobs and amenities.”