January 12—New, medium- and long-term residents of the Discovery Special Improvement District gathered for a happy hour and conversation about the Discovery District SID Placemaking Plan. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us!
Residents were excited to learn about the planning process and contribute their ideas for placemaking in the neighborhood. The group shared stories of the Discovery District, ranging from events that happened yesterday to back in the 1920s when the neighborhood—as home of the Pen and Pencil Club—began to emerge as a hub for the arts.
The group discussed George Bellows, a local artist who could be celebrated as a part of this plan. Bellows, an American Artist born on 6th Street in 1882, went on to paint famous depictions of 19-Century urban New York City. Also, residents shared their memories of all the changes they have seen occur in the neighborhood across the years. Finally, residents shared their favorite paths and routes to take when walking to their favorite destinations in the neighborhood. The discussion included everything these neighbors love about the Discovery District and how the Placemaking Plan can showcase all its assets.
“When you get involved in the neighborhood you are surprised by all the gems that are here—and the quality of them.” -Resident of the Discovery District