miLES (Made in the Lower East Side) Storefront Opens on 4th Street

Posted on: April 25th, 2013 at 6:30 am by

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Photo: Lori Greenberg

Last week, we stopped by the preview and “warming party” of the miLES (Made in the Lower East Side) storefront. Located at FABworks on East Fourth Street, formally home to the FAB café, miLES will be hosting a variety of programs for the next few months, including classes and events during the week, and pop up shops on the weekend featuring artists and small businesses.

Eric Ho, co-founder of miLES, talked about their mission of making storefronts accessible to artists and small businesses in the area. Plans include having the pop up shops every weekend until June, and Kickstarter panel talks from May 1 – 4. miLES is also planning events in other spaces, including classes at the Pushcart Café (221 East Broadway), and will be participating in the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival.

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Tamara Greenfield and Eric Ho. Photo: Lori Greenberg

Tamara Greenfield, Executive Director of FABnyc, speaking at the event, said that she hopes the miLES storefront will continue bringing people together they way that the previous incarnation, the FAB Café, had. She reminisced about how locals would often gather at the café to have meetings and to make serendipitous connections.

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Dan Parham. Photo: Lori Greenberg

Dan Parham, co-founder of Neighborland, spoke next, with a presentation about the power of a sticker. Neighborland is a venue for locals to share ideas for improving their area. Starting as an off-line art project in New Orleans, co-founder and artist Candy Chang started putting stickers up on abandoned buildings all over the Crescent City. The stickers simply said, “I want ___ in my neighborhood” and were a huge success, prompting people to fill out all sorts of ideas. Neighborland has now taken the sticker concept online and brings them to civic groups and agencies who can make them happen. Many of the suggestions, including a night market, have become a reality, helping revive a neighborhood in New Orleans.

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Check out the events coming up at the miLES website and facebook page.

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