WORK/SPACE : a Black Gotham Experience

192 Front Street between John and Fulton Streets New York, NY 10038

April 22nd through September 30, 2017

Made possible by an artist residency with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and support from The Howard Hughes Corporation, WORK/SPACE transports Black Gotham Experience’s visual storytelling into an engaging, multifaceted space in the heart of the Seaport District from April through July 2017.  View art from our graphic novel at a scale never before seen and go behind the scenes of how it’s created.  Join us for lively events like Nerdy Thursdays and TALK/BACK. Page through the books and archival materials that inspire our team, then bring home collectibles and fashion inspired by Black Gotham Experience.  Located at 192 Front Street, our WORK/SPACE is in the footprint of where the people and events central to Black Gotham Experience unfolded centuries ago. Come explore with us.


Nerdy Thursdays


Happy Hour + Book Club = your next Thursday hangout curated by Kamau Ware and GoodWill. People are encouraged to discuss the book of the month while enjoying music by guest DJs and complimentary signature cocktails inspired by Black Gotham Experience (The Geneva Club, Caesar’s Run, and Kofi’s Fire).  June’s book selection is The Negro in New York: An Informal Social History, 1626-1940 by Roi Ottley and William J. Weatherby.

Join us for the Caesar’s Rebellion walking tour, which leaves at 7pm from Nerdy Thursdays and explores the hidden history of New York.

6-8pm on Thursdays – June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27



Our walking tours (Caesar’s Rebellion Part I and Part II, and Othello’s Summer) bring you into a reconstructed New Netherland and British New York. Participants witness the impact of the African Diaspora on the making of New York City and the birth of the United States of America.

Thursdays through Saturdays through September 9 at 7pm

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The Teen Tour program offers free walking tours for teens that includes interactive and educational activities before and after the tour. Teen Tours will take place on Mondays and take advantage of our WORK/SPACE to bring teens inside the world of New Amsterdam and British New York.

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Talk/Back events provide a meaningful creative collision between the Black Gotham Experience audience, creative teams, and other like-minded cultural influencers. Enjoy visual and performance art presentations, dialogues on food, fashion, comics, and culture and mingle with fellow attendees. Hosted by Founder and Lead Creative Kamau Ware.


May 17th | 7pm – 9pm | Uli Beutter-Cohen, Subway Book Review Founder

May 18th | 12pm – 1pm |  Van Alen Institute



Experience the fashion, styling, studio photography, and signature design process behind Black Gotham Experience graphic novels on select days when we open up our working artists’ studio to the public. Mingle, enjoy lite fare, pick our team’s brains.


Lights, camera, history in action.  Join us for special screenings of Black Gotham Experience web series and other media created by Black filmmakers throughout and about the Diaspora.


Black Gotham Experience was presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of June’s River To River Festival 2017.  It was an incredible experience and honor!

River To River, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council public engagement initiative, inspires residents, workers, and visitors in Lower Manhattan, by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities.

River To River is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters.

See program for a full schedule of programming.


Thursdays-Sundays from 12pm-7pm (We’re hard at work on our graphic novel, walking tours, and other signature experiences Monday-Wednesday.)

192 Front Street between Fulton Street and John Street; right next to TKTS.

Train Access: A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, J, or Z to Fulton Street.