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.
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.
A public Neighborhoods Now toolkit can also be found here.