Our exhibition Keep Me Nearby was featured in Untapped Cities in July 2019, and Untapped Cities Insiders hosted a Layered SPURA tour for an eager group on one July evening. Read on below for a snippet from the article.
The constant evolution and renewal of New York City can often leave casualties in its wake, whether it’s the shuttering of a beloved local business, or in some cases the loss of a home. In the 1960s, a 14-square-block area in the Lower East Side was cleared as part of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA). Thousands of people lost their homes and were left with inadequate options for relocation. For decades, this clearance left a scar on the neighborhood, but artist, urban scholar, and curator Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani took it as an opportunity to open a modern dialogue about urban renewal among community members. In a new photography exhibit, Keep Me Nearby, inside the recently opened Essex Street Market and through her ongoing Layered SPURA walking tours, Bendiner-Viani is keeping the conversation going as the Essex Crossingdevelopment is being built on the SPURA site. If you are an Untapped Cities Insiders, you can join Bendiner-Viani for a guided walkthrough of the new exhibit followed by a members-only Layered SPURA walking tour of the surrounding area.