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Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)

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Address: 155 Avenue C, New York City, NY 10009-5410
11:00 - 19:00
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The walking tour didn't cover a great distance but it was chock full of interesting history of the Lower East Side. Bill was part of the history, having lived there since the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 March 2016
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This museum tells the story of squatters in the Lower East Side and East Village of Manhattan. It also talks about some of the community gardens and Occupy Wall Street,. The museum has a suggested donation of $5, which seemed reasonable to me. In the 1960's, the Lower East Side of Manhattan had a lot of abandoned buildings and vacant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

The walking tour didn't cover a great distance but it was chock full of interesting history of the Lower East Side. Bill was part of the history, having lived there since the 1960s, and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the area was inspirational. We spent over 2 hours finding out about the changes that had occurred in the area.and it... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015

Bullet Space, an artists' collective and gallery on Third Street between Avenue C and Avenue D, is the first of the 11 former LES squats to be turned over to its residents. It was open to the public for free one weekend in October but generally has regular hours. Not only is the exhibit of contemporary work provocative, the history... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

On a rainy afternoon, we found the walking tour, led by bicycle activist, who lives in a squat himself, quite enlightening. The history of the abandonment of the lower East Side in the 70s by landowners, and the city. Of the community who "reclaimed" the space and created wonderful community gardens, initiated recycling which has now spread throughout the city;... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

Midway down Avenue C is a very cool little museum. For a donation you can see the history of the Occupy Movement, Tompkins Square Riots and the fight for squatter rights. There is not a lot of information here but there are great pictures and art showcasing the former C Squat. The only thing I would have liked was if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

We received a groupon good for a tour for 2 from our kids who live in the city. Not being especially political people, with an unfavorable impression of the safety of the lower east side, we were skeptical about doing this. Even on a cold January day though, we found the walking tour quite enlightening, covering apartment squats (including the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

Took a tour of the gardens and squats led by a guide who has been squatting here for 20 years. I thought the tour was fascinating because it took us inside some of the squats and you got to learn about the history of this neighborhood from the people who have been on the forefront of the squat movement. Highly... More 

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