LMCC’s LentSpace in Hudson Square

“In-the-meantime” cultural activity for temporarily vacant spaces

  • A free outdoor cultural space open to the public, made possible by the loan of a Trinity Real Estate development site

    A free outdoor cultural space open to the public, made possible by the loan of a Trinity Real Estate development site

  • Planter boxes on-site act as nurseries for trees and plants that will be transplanted into the surrounding neighborhood.

    Planter boxes on-site act as nurseries for trees and plants that will be transplanted into the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Visitors in front of Canal St. Commons by Graham Hudson.

    Visitors in front of Canal St. Commons by Graham Hudson.

  • O.D.D. by Thumb, part of the end-to-end commission.

    O.D.D. by Thumb, part of the end-to-end commission.

  • An aerial view of LMCC LentSpace.

    An aerial view of LMCC LentSpace.

LentSpace in Hudson Square is on Varick St. between Canal and Grand Streets and is a collaboration between LMCC, Hudson Square Connection, and Trinity Real Estate

LMCC’s LentSpace program brings “in-the-meantime” cultural activity to temporarily vacant spaces and provides opportunities for artists to create and present their work, gain exposure to audiences and develop dialogues with local communities. LentSpace, like several of LMCC’s public programs, also allows for audiences to experience a unique kind of access to the artistic process, alternative spaces within the built environment, and free cultural amenities.

“LentSpace…is one of the best uses of a vacant lot that I have come across. Aptly named [it’s] something that’s inviting, unpretentious, innovative and environmentally responsible.” —Paper Magazine

Public Hours (Monday-Friday unless otherwise noted)

  • September 9 - November 1: 11AM-3PM

Programming Activities Include:

Getting there: LentSpace in Hudson Square is an entire city block located between Canal St., Varick St., Grand St., and Sixth Avenue. Take A/C/E or 1 trains to Canal Street.

A model for citywide land use, this temporary project is made possible by the use of a Trinity Real Estate site. The larger enclosed portion of the square known as “LentSpace in Hudson Square” is private space owned by Trinity Wall Street and currently licensed for use to LMCC for temporary art installations.

The scheduling for 2013 programming is complete. LMCC is not accepting proposals at this time for additional activities or events.

Support for LentSpace in Hudson Square has been provided by:

Founding sponsor

  • Trinity Real Estate

Presenting partners

  • Hudson Square Connection
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Project author

  • Interboro Partners

Project remodeler

  • Matthews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Additional Support for the programming at LentSpace in Hudson Square has been provided in part by

  • Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
  • Con Edison
  • New York City Council
  • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Anonymous

Special Thanks

  • Alliance for Downtown New York
  • American Fence and Company
  • F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.
  • First Quality Maintenance
  • Gilsanz.Murray.Steficek.LLP
  • Kelco Construction
  • KokoBo Plantscapes
  • Securitas Security Services
  • Thumb

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