Community Pop-Up


Seeing opportunity in “hidden” spaces, a new group hopes to work with vacant storefront owners and entrepreneurs to build community in New York’s Lower East Side. miLES (made in the LES) is a group of well-supported architects, activists, and designers, working to connect landlords of empty storefronts with potential temporary tenants looking to activate the spaces. Their hope is that entrepreneurs wanting to test pop-ups can capitalize on the large number of dark storefronts in the neighborhood, improving things for all. The team begins operations out of a temporary space themselves with classes, co-working opportunities, and events on April 1.