If you’ve walked near the Manhattan Bridge at Division Street lately, you probably noticed something new. Last Friday, the Design Trust for Public Space and the city’s Department of Transportation unveiled “Under the Elevated,” an interactive community calendar.
The installation, which will stay up through the July Fourth holiday, is a test to determine how the city can make better use of hundreds of miles of mostly neglected space under bridges throughout the boroughs. The program is also part of a “Chinatown Gateways Master Plan,” meant to provide visitors to the neighborhood with more visual tools to navigate the neighborhood.
More from the press release:
The community-generated events calendar orients visitors and residents to the culture, community and activities in Chinatown. People are invited to post opportunities to Learn, Play, Eat, See, Make or Connect within a 10-minute walk from the Manhattan Bridge. Users can fill out color-coded tags for each day and hang them on Chinatown maps. The installation also encourages users to share their thoughts on how the underpass can be improved. People can leave comments onsite using the chalkboard and the comment box, and online via email – email@example.com – and social media – #UnderTheElevated.
The Chinatown Partnership, City Council member Margaret Chin and city Comptroller Scott Stringer are also supporting the initiative.