Piazza Meeting Dates: Wed May 2nd and Wed May 9th!

Piazza Gratissima Meetings to be held on Wednesday May 2nd at 12 and 530 pm and Wednesday May 9th again at 12 and 530 pm at the Mott Haven Public Library located at 321 East 140th Street (at Alexander Ave.) Bronx, NY 10454

Help inform the final design of Piazza Gratissima.  Once the design is approved BroLab will hire local labor to build the Piazza alongside of them early in June.

We Are looking for:

-Interested Community Members
-Gardening Clubs
-Local Organizations

QUESTIONS / RSVP to info@brolab.org

At first, the idea to transform the overgrown courtyard at the Mott Haven Public Library into an open air square seemed like a long shot.
The artist group BroLab came up with the plan for “Piazza Gratissima” last fall as part of an art show series at the Bronx River Arts Center.
“Some of us were more sure than others that we were going to be able to pull this off,” artist Ryan Roa laughed.
But then their fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter.com successfully reached its $5,000 goal and now the improbable is about to become a reality.
BroLab will present their idea for “Piazza Gratissima” at Thursday’s Bronx Community Board 1 meeting slated for 6 p.m. at 3024 3rd Ave. in Melrose.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Roa said. “We’re just really happy and excited to actually be able to do it.”
The plans call for the 250-square foot lot to be outfitted with a wooden deck ringed with benches. The seating is built into an elevated garden to be filled with flowering plants, perhaps even vegetables.
“It’s a unique little nook that will represent something more for the community,” said BroLab artist Adam Brent. “It will be a place for people to come together with a literary backdrop that I think will really bolster the community.”
To learn more about “Piazza Gratissima,” visit brolab.org.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/piazza-coming-mott-haven-public-library-artist-group-wins-approval-renovate-courtyard-article-1.1051966#ixzz1qZ9LK9ez

At first, the idea to transform the overgrown courtyard at the Mott Haven Public Library into an open air square seemed like a long shot.

The artist group BroLab came up with the plan for “Piazza Gratissima” last fall as part of an art show series at the Bronx River Arts Center.

“Some of us were more sure than others that we were going to be able to pull this off,” artist Ryan Roa laughed.

But then their fund-raising campaign on Kickstarter.com successfully reached its $5,000 goal and now the improbable is about to become a reality.

BroLab will present their idea for “Piazza Gratissima” at Thursday’s Bronx Community Board 1 meeting slated for 6 p.m. at 3024 3rd Ave. in Melrose.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Roa said. “We’re just really happy and excited to actually be able to do it.”

The plans call for the 250-square foot lot to be outfitted with a wooden deck ringed with benches. The seating is built into an elevated garden to be filled with flowering plants, perhaps even vegetables.

“It’s a unique little nook that will represent something more for the community,” said BroLab artist Adam Brent. “It will be a place for people to come together with a literary backdrop that I think will really bolster the community.”

To learn more about “Piazza Gratissima,” visit brolab.org.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/piazza-coming-mott-haven-public-library-artist-group-wins-approval-renovate-courtyard-article-1.1051966#ixzz1qZ9LK9ez
Community Planning: meetings to come!

BroLab in conjunction with Bronx River Arts Center have received final approval for Piazza Gratissima from the New York Public Library and have started to set dates for community meetings concerning the design of Piazza Gratissima.  

Based on how the community wishes to utilize the space, in hopes of realizing shared public desires by physically constructing an avenue for civic discourse through collaborative effortsBroLab will use a portion of the funds raised through kickstarter to hire local unemployed labors to build the Piazza alongside of them. 

Opening slated for late June 2012!