Against the rush of the 24 hour news cycle and whiplash politics of the day, Dash Marshall and Public Policy Labdeveloped a slow space for the Care for Hudson Square competition. Viewsstand proposed to bring the history of Hudson Square, NYC’s original printing district, into dialogue with the present by creating a newsstand on Little 6th Avenue and converting the street to a plaza of reflection, words, and exchange.
It is a simple newsstand and some tables. Perhaps a pot of coffee on brew. A person to chat with about the weather, the neighborhood, or a book you’d like to read. And, each week over four weeks, the Viewsstand embraces a theme to spark ideas and exchange about our collective future. The Viewsstand invites you to explore the themes of new manifestos, new joys, new forms of mourning, and a new, ever-evolving New York City itself.
The structure is minimal. Where a building has walls, it has layers and leaves of media: notes and notices from the community, as well as Viewsstand’s own rag, the Viewspaper. The Viewsstand is designed to publish archival texts from New York elders and ancestors that echo and inform the happenings of today; pieces commissioned from notable authors, including those from Hudson Square; and voices crowdsourced from New Yorkers through social media and at via pinned-up notices and expressions at the Viewsstand itself.