About [Re]New Lots
In 2015 ARTs East New York initiated and developed Phase I of [Re]New Lots as a part of the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s initiative to activate vacant city-owned lots in order stimulate the local economy in a way that meets the needs East New York. This 6-month pilot inspired community investment, responsive artworks by resident artists, entrepreneurs, and increased access to businesses by providing unique, affordable retail opportunities.
In Fall 2018, Phase II of [Re]New Lots will house The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows in four free studio spaces, as well as below-market retail storefronts for local entrepreneurs and creative in retrofitted shipping containers designed by Miami based development company CEPODS.
“It is a proven fact that the most successful products, brands, and businesses come from filling a void in the marketplace. We decided to ‘fill a void in our community,’ apply that same concept and model to urban economic development with a focus on community advancement and sustainability instead of capital gain.”
ARTs East New York
Meet Our New [re]activate Fellows
[Re]New Lots is done in partnership with NYC Small Business Services, NYC Department of City Planning, NYC Department of Design and Construction, CEPODS, and is made possible in part by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Community Trust’s Van Lier Fund, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, which is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, and by many individual donors in support of sustainable and healthy communities.