Rendering for Dutch Kills, Courtesy of NYCDOT

Untapped Cities Insiders are invited to join the Design Trust for Public Space and NYC Department of Transportation for a conversation and sneak peek of El-Space in Long Island City. At this event, which is part of NYCxDesign, Insiders 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. 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.” At your leisure, walk around the pilot installation and meet Design Trust and NYC DOT employees who can answer any questions you may have about the project. The goals of The El-Space project are to “improve pedestrian mobility and safety, foster environmental health, and link neighborhoods to jobs and amenities.”

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

Under the Elevated/El-Space, a two-phase project and the first major research, design, and planning initiative to document and analyze the vast network of space beneath New York City’s elevated transportation structure — or “el-space”, and to make recommendations for their improvement as a public asset. In addition to the Sunset Park pilot launched in May 2018 in collaboration with Industry City, Design Trust and NYCDOT are partnering to implement two additional sites – Rockaway Freeway and Dutch Kills Street – in collaboration with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Rockrose respectively.


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