Urban Humanities and Their Publics

Pop-up Exhibit and Tours: “In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses Expressway and the Battle for Downtown”

Map of Manhattan showing proposed expressway

From our friends at FABnyc:

First opening in Fall 2015, a special condensed exhibit of “In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses Expressway and the Battle for Downtown” returns to Lower East Side History Month, presented by NYC Department of Records, in association with miLES and FABnyc. 

This exhibit is a collaboration with Below the Grid Lab and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, focusing on the architectural, political, and personal, aspects that arose with the proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX).

The Lower Manhattan Expressway (LOMEX) was first proposed in 1929 as a small part of a plan to build highways throughout the region, then included in a 1941 National Defense proposal drafted by Robert Moses, it was envisioned as a key connection between Long Island and the interstate system. This 10-lane expressway, would cut across the heart of Lower Manhattan and stretched from the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges to the Holland Tunnel, rising over Broome Street.

Explore the highway in this immersive, multi-sensory exhibit which brings you under the highway itself. Learn about the ragtag group of community activists you stood up to the most powerful man in the city — and won!

Learn more about this project at miLES pop-up community space at 103 Allen Street!

Exhibition Dates: May 9-15
Location: miLES pop-up community space at 103 Allen Street
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11AM – 8PM; Fri-Sun, 12PM-9PM

Opening Reception: May 10, 6:30pm


There are two companion tours lead by curator Noah Fuller:

Tuesday, May 10, 5PM
Saturday, May 14, 3:30PM

Meeting point: miLES Community Space, 103 Allen Street
Note: Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before! Tours last approximately an hour.
This tour is free but spaces are limited; please reserve your space here.