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Take Me to the River
Cultural Plan

Location: West Harlem & Washington Heights, New York
Clients: City of New York, Office of Manhattan Borough President
and NYS Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources
Subconsultant: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, LLC and Creative Cities International


Take Me to the River was inspired by a community &s drive to interconnect its cultural institutions with its economic corridor, residential neighborhoods, and waterfront parks. In particular, the historic museum complex of Audubon Terrace concentrates multiple resources. The plan calls for a cultural hub centered on Audubon Terrace that ripples throughout West Harlem and southern Washington Heights. It includes not only urban design improvements, public art guidelines, and support for historic assets, but also a marketing theme and communications plan.

Nautilus led a community-based planning process working with public agencies and over 25 local organizations, businesses, and residents. Coordinating 10 subconsulting firms, we developed a cultural plan which will dramatically increase the visibility and sustainability of these cultural treasures, and strengthen connections between a wide diversity of historic, open space, and cultural resources for both local residents and visitors.

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