Neighborhoods Now: Jackson Heights

Neighborhoods Now is a pandemic-response initiative to assist community organizations and neighborhoods hit hard by COVID-19 in developing reopening strategies. Organized by the Van Alen Institute and Urban Design Forum, the coalition of 50+ design firms and experts spent the summer working with organizations across New York City in Bed-Stuy, Jackson Heights, Northwest Bronx, and Washington Heights.

View of the front elevation of Libreria Barco de Papel

The Jackson Heights working group worked with the 82nd Street Partnership and designers SO-IL, LTL Architects, Design Advocates, MOS, nARCHITECTS, and VHB. Under the umbrella of Volunteer Architects Limited, ARO has been collaborating on the initiative with Jackson Heights cultural organizations Librería Barco de Papel and United Sherpa Association.

Read more about our Neighborhoods Now working group here watch our group present in the virtual summit here, and read our proposals below.

A public Neighborhoods Now toolkit can also be found here.

The completed outdoor seating area for Barco De Papel, with chairs, tables, and plants
Owner Paula Ortiz and a customer inside the bookstore, Barco de Papel
The front elevation of the United Sherpa Association



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