A new public art installation is making (sound) waves in the South Bronx. On Wednesday, the Design Trust for Public Space and Department of Transportation unveiled the Boogie Down Booth, a temporary interactive installation underneath the Freeman Street elevated IRT in the Bronx. The installation is part of Under the Elevated, a campaign to reclaim the unused and somewhat scary 700 miles of outdoor space underneath elevated trains and highways throughout the city.
The installation at Southern Boulevard provides seating for people waiting at the Freeman Street station bus stop or passersby while quietly piping out some 18 curated tracks performed by Bronx artists to disguise the overpass's din. Design Trust collaborated with the Bronx Music Heritage Center of the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation to put together the site's playlist, which includes a song by Will Calhoun, the drummer from Living Colour, and a song by local hip-hop duo Circa '95, says DNAinfo. Plans are in the works to bring two more listening booths to the Bronx. Boogie Down Booth is the second installation through the Under the Elevated program, the first being an interactive map underneath the Manhattan Bridge.
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