A Free Store Grows in Hell’s Kitchen and other West Side Stories

Janes Walk

Led By Chana Widawski AND Bailey Sperling, Hell's Kitchen Commons

Join us for a virtual journey and discussion to explore the transformation of a vacant storefront into a community asset and living museum. Leave what you can and take what you need at the HK Free Store, a 24/7 outdoor sharing hub. Run by neighbors for neighbors, this landfill diversion/mutual-aid initiative, coupled with a compost program and soon-to-be recreated Against Domestic Colonialism mural, make for a true Jane-style west side story on W45th.


Sites referenced in the Zoom discussion are within a one-block radius. The HK Free Store can be accessed from the sidewalk on West 45th Street. Some store shelves however, may be difficult to physically reach for individuals who use wheelchairs or who otherwise need assistance to reach things above four feet. The food scrap collection site and Against Domestic Colonialism Mural by Arnold Belkin are within Mathews Palmer Park which is wheelchair accessible.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Monday, May 3, 2021
6:00 PM
1-2 hours

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy, Art & Architecture, Environment
Platform: On Zoom
Language: English