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“History of Alphabet City Rebellion”

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)
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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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“History of Alphabet City Rebellion”
Reviewed March 2, 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 they had the back part of the museum open where bands used to play. I would def suggest this place.

Visited February 2014
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State College, PA
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“Walking tour of city history good for activists and the merely culturally curious”
Reviewed January 25, 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 interior of two), community gardens (interesting to see the layout and learn about the structure even in winter), and history of advocacy for bicycling in the city. The museum is small but has well chosen photo exhibits and literature for sale. We found it interesting to hear the 1980s portrayed as the base line period (the old days)- what happened to the 1960s? (alas, even our activism is dated now). It was easy enough to reach via public transport (use trip planner if not familiar) and didn't feel unsafe. The historical neighborhood has been somewhat invaded by "gentrification"- curious to see the yuppie bars flourishing here. The other 4 members of our tour group were Manhattanites, so it's definitely not a typical tourist destination, though the guide said they receive a lot of European visitors. A good intro to a slice of NYC history, with its ever shifting landscapes, politics, and tensions between social classes. We didn't need a reservation (maybe summer is different)- tours meet at 3 pm on Sat. and Sun. The tour meets at the museum's storefront at 155 Avenue C between E. 9th and 10th Streets.

Visited January 2014
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“Great tour”
Reviewed August 7, 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 recommend!

Visited June 2013
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