Dutch Kills, Queens and Space
Part 1: Investigation of kinesthetic response to Queens Plaza by 3 expert dance/body practice experts (Thomas Rawe, Peggy Gould and Clare Maxwell) and 1 urban designer (Elliott Maltby/Thread Design). Each investigator was instructed to find their way without a print map or digital assistance from PS1 to 29th Street and 39th Avenue in Dutch Kills. Timeframe: 50 minutes.
Part 2: Creation of the Registry of Neighborhood Important Places. Interviews with members of the Dutch Kills Civic Association and other Dutch Kills residents. Question: What do you love? Multiple mini-tours of the neighborhood by residents to note places of importance and interest to specific people.
Part 3: Public event. Starting at the fountain in front of the Court House on Jackson Avenue, each participant was given an envelope with an address written on it which it was their task to find, without a map or phone. Each address corresponded to a ‘special place’ from Part 2. Once at the location, the participant was to open the envelope and read the Site Sheet inside, giving the story told by the resident for whom this was a special place. Finally, all participants gathered at SpaceSpace to debrief and share experiences.