NYU Kimmel Window Galleries
Corner of West 3rd St & LaGuardia Pl
On view April 11–June 22, 2017, 24/7
Lost Streets tells the story of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA), a 6-acre set of blocks in the Lower East Side that sat vacant for five decades, held hostage by one of the most powerful people in the state and fought for by a community that was “disappeared.” Now—after years of demonstrations, rallies, vigils, picket lines, meetings, postcard campaigns, and endless negotiations—new housing is being built and those who lost their homes finally have a chance to return.
Across thirteen street-facing windows Lost Streets explores the history of New York City powerbrokers targeting poor communities—from urban renewal to gentrification—and how we can continue the fight for fair and affordable housing in our city.
Cosponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, NYU College of Arts & Sciences, NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, and Metropolitan Studies Program.