Manhattan Vacant Lot Becomes Temporary Tree Nursery and Cultural Space
September 18, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has announced today’s opening of LentSpace, which transforms an entire city block into a platform for contemporary art exhibitions complemented by public programs. A model for citywide land use, this temporary project—made possible by the use of a Trinity Real Estate development site to LMCC—creates an “in the meantime” activity for a vacant site awaiting future development. Located in a downtown New York City block between Canal, Varick, Grand and Sullivan Streets, LentSpace features newly designed landscape by award-winning architects Interboro Partners.
As conceived by Interboro, LentSpace’s landscape design features a tree nursery that provides shade while incubating street trees to be planted throughout the downtown neighborhood at a later date. In addition, a custom operable fence opens the space to encourage a variety of social encounters, incorporating benches for seating and a display surface for a commissioned graphic design series. LentSpace is a free outdoor cultural space open to the public from 7am to dusk, made possible by LMCC.
A Tree Workshop is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, September 23 and September 30. The basic workshop will cover caring for young street trees. Attendants will receive free tools, and get a Parks Volunteer Permit, which will allow them to care for street trees and greenstreets.
This event is free but space is limited. Advance registration is required; registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.