Collaborative Workspace on E4th St Open to Applications!

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Come work at FABWORKS by Made in the Lower East Side (miLES) and Fourth Arts Block, a collaborative workspace and pop up spot at 75 E 4th Street between 2nd Ave. and Bowery. Featuring dedicated seats, high-speed WiFi, unlimited b&w printing and 10a-6p hours Mon – Fri at a very competitive rate!

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miLES co-working membership also includes access to a valuable mentors’ network of entrepreneurs and established businesses. miLES’ partners include OpenIDEO, Fourth Arts Block, School of Visual Arts and more. Each week, miLES offers free classes through Trade School and others in craft, writing, choreography, etc. that will strengthen your core skills and expand on your innovative instincts. Working from miLES also means you’ll get to utilize their street-level retail space for pop ups and have your work featured on the miLES blog. See what our co-worker is saying about our space!

For a limited time throughout June, miLES co-working members also have after-hours access to a neighborhood Coffee Shop Pushcart Coffee at 221 E Broadway near Clinton St from 6-9p Mon-Fri!

Secure your spot! Space is limited! Apply by May 28!

About miLES:

miLES opens underused storefronts to new possibilities, with classes, events, co-working, and short-term space rentals. We work with residents, artists, businesses and landlords in the Lower East Side to identify, program and fill underused spaces and turn them into vibrant community hubs for working, learning, connecting, and starting up new projects. Think of us as the Airbnb for storefronts. miLES is part of New Museum Ideas City Festival, host of New York Design Week and Noho Design District event, and has been published by various press including Fast Company, New York Times Local East Village, NY1, Good Inc, and many other.

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Visual Assets and Media Kit

M5 Photo Essay Book

In Red Burns’ Applications of Interactive Media class we had to ride the entire length of the M5 bus from Houston Street up to Washington Heights and then document our experience with a paper or creative project.  I made a book of photos I took documenting my journey and put it up on Blurb.com.  My friend Kristin said it looked “very Taschen.”  Click here to preview the book or to order your own copy.

New York City Waterfalls

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As part of Communications Lab at ITP, we were asked to visit and comment on the New York City Waterfalls.  I went with my classmate, Catherine to observe the Waterfalls from the South Street Seaport on September 7.

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Living in New York, one often forgets that Manhattan is an island.  Access to the waterfront areas are cut off by highways, so it feels that New York faces inward and upward, rather than outward towards its maritime surroundings.  The topography of NYC is known more for its urban peaks and valleys created by skyscrapers and the artificial oasis that is Central Park, rather than for its maritime orientation and island nature.

Even when I am by the rivers in New York, I feel like the water is just something I look past or through, concentrating my eye on the view of Brooklyn, Queens or New Jersey across the water.  That is to say that the built environment dominates ones perception of the city.

The Waterfalls draw attention to the qualities of the water itself.  By elevating the water and dropping it down as waterfalls, Danish-Icelandic artist and creator of the Waterfalls Olafur Eliasson reminds us of the vast force and volume of the water.

The Waterfalls are clearly fake, you can see the scaffolding, and maybe that is the point.  Nobody would mistaken them for Niagara falls or anything like that.  But man-made structures still have the ability to evoke the beauty of the natural world.  Or at least that is the theory behind landscape architecture and garden design.  A garden or a park is not a forest or a meadow, but they evoke these natural environments and demonstrate the beauty of nature.

My favorite Waterfall is the one under the Brooklyn Bridge.  It plays with the sillouette of an iconic fixture of the NY skyline.  It invites us to look down and over at the river that the Bridge traverses, and not just the Bridge as a part of the terrestrial built environment.