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6th Ave: A Reanimation

The following intervention is situated in the south village, in a neighborhood formerly known as Little Africa, and seeks to reclaim a space that once served as a thoroughfare of black-owned commerce from the 1880s to the 1920s. Following the widening of 6th Ave in 1926 and the subsequent influx of European immigrants, black-owned businesses that once served this neighborhood were displaced or destroyed. This structure rematerializes in the shape of the former alleyways that once existed in this plot before their demolition and reimagines those voids as volumes and vessels to be reoccupied by the black-owned garment businesses that once thrived in this community.