We hope everyone got through Monday’s storm safely. If you’ve been following the news, you know that Lower Manhattan was hit hard by Sandy. MoRUS did not escape unscathed — the museum’s basement was completely flooded after the storm.
MoRUS volunteers have been working nonstop to clean up the space. If you’re able to, please come by and lend a hand! We need all the help we can get.
Despite this tremendous obstacle, along with environmental group Time’s Up! we’ve been doing our best to serve the community by providing a bike generator from Occupy Wall Street that makes up one of our exhibits. The bike generator–among other exhibit items–was rescued by museum co-director Bill DiPaola and members of C-Squat during the storm, and now it’s being put to very good use, providing the community with a free cell phone charging station. C-Squat also set up a street-side barbecue and has been providing free food.
MoRUS was originally slated to open on November 17, but we’ll be assessing Sandy’s damage to determine whether that date needs to be pushed back. Edit: We’ve decided to push back the grand opening date to Saturday, December 8. More details here.
MoRUS and Times Up! will continue running the bikes and providing free cell phone charging tomorrow, and C-Squat plans to continue providing free food (and likely to continue doing so until electricity is restored). As always, we’d like to highlight the East Village community — we’re all getting through this crisis together, and there are sure to be better times ahead!
Update: This community effort has received a lot of press, from NBC News to the Wall Street Journal. We also posted photos from the storm and its aftermath here.
Since then, we have cleaned up the space, refurbished the rooms and even started setting up some of our exhibits:
An exhibit featuring Harvey Wang's photographs of Adam Purple and The Garden of Eden.
Our bicycle activism timeline and a selection of photographs featuring police stealing bicycles.
We’ve also started setting up the museum’s online store. Here is a preview of a few of the items that we’ll make available in the coming weeks.
A big thank you to the volunteers and supporters who made much of this possible. As always, we’ll be uploading content onto Youtube and Flickr, as well as posting updates on Twitter and Facebook. Watch this space for new details as we finish up construction!
It’s finally all happening! Construction started in the storefront on Monday this week. The crew opened a hole in the floor for a staircase and began building walls in the basement. We’re now planning the basement’s lighting and discussing possibilities for a small film viewing room. On that note, has anybody ever seen this great flick? http://vimeo.com/4762815 It’s a fantastic documentary about squatting in the East Village. We’ll definitely be screening it at the museum soon.
So many things are happening every day. We are getting keys to gardens, speaking with local photographers about printing their incredible pictures, getting closer to making our mosaic storefront sign… please give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more updates and find out how you can get involved in helping to launch this amazing project. And for all you prospective visitors, we should be open and running regular tours in about a month and a half!
Here’s some cool video of MoRUS and Time’s Up! volunteers helping out at La Plaza Cultural community garden today:
The tours have begun! Thanks to the recent SQEK conference, and all the incredible energy around squatting and occupying these last few months, we have launched our squat tour with two spontaneous and well-attended trial runs.
Please feel free to check out the links below to watch short videos of yesterday’s tour and get a sense for how it ran. Also, next time we plan a tour, we will try to promote it in advance so more people can come. Check back soon for more information!
We are having very productive meetings, and are looking forward to signing the lease for our storefront soon. Please check back here for updates, and write to email@example.com to find out more information about our volunteer opportunities.