Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Construction started yesterday at C-Squat on Avenue C ... the building's long-empty storefront will serve as the future home to the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space — aka, MoRUS.
Laurie Mittelmann, who along with Bill DiPaola, the executive director of Time's Up, is helping spearhead the project. She gave us a quick update last night.
"We're building a staircase to connect the museum's storefront with the basement — a portion of which will also be rented to us. C-Squat residents are funding the installation of a new storefront and roll gate, which will be constructed by a 6th St. squatter. Hopefully we'll have interns working in the space in a week or two (the construction is scheduled to go at light speed) and we'll be open to the public in about a month and a half."
As in The New York Times reported in March, the museum "was being established to, among other things, tell the story of how activists in the East Village took over abandoned properties and over the years transformed them into permanent housing or community gardens."
And in case you haven't seen this yet, here's a video about the museum...
And here's the MoRUS website with more information.