First Street Green (FSG) is a group of community artists, architects and residents that came together in 2008 to transform a vacant lot at 33 East First Street in Manhattan into a maintainable plaza and cultural space/Art Park. FSG’s phase one goal has been achieved, and their new challenge is now to support the new Art Park by providing sustainable programming for and with the community focusing on cultural and educational events involving all of the arts, while also serving as a public forum for ideas. To get the ball rolling on this effort, the organization will be hosting an event called “Common ground: creating dialogue through place-making” October 5th from 1:00 – 4:00PM, where attendees will be able to interact with community participants to explore place-making as a means to finding common ground. Guest lecturers will start the conversation by discussing goals and presenting strategies and then, working within interactive groups, participants will transform the park both intellectually and experientially, and map the results with drawings and writings. This event is free and open to the public. For information, please contact First Street Green at [email protected] or visit

+ First Street Green Park

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