Below the surface of New York City lurks an immense grid of pipes designed to carry water in various states of grossness. They bring us water for drinking, washing our clothes, and putting out fires. This same water carries away our dirt, our soapy water, and our poo – the poo of eight million New Yorkers. Where does the water go?

A group of NYC High School students explored the Water Underground – the millions of gallons flowing beneath New York City and the people who make it their business. They conducted site visits, reviewed government documents, skimmed newspaper articles, and videotaped interviews with government workers, environmental activists, water scientists, and more. Join them for some deep thinking.

Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
Project leads: Rosten Woo, Damon Rich
Project support: Valeria Mogilevich, Amber Yared, Naoki Fujita

The Lower East Side Ecology Center
Teaching Artist: Kate Zidar

Students: Sean Kelleher, Kim Nuñez, Maggie Acevedo, Ruben Arroyo, Danny Aviles, Adrian Lau, Jared Pierre, Edwin Rodriguez
Internship Coordinator: André Knights

Thanks to Andrea Meller, Jae Shin, Sarah Bostwick, and RECYouth at Hamilton Fish.

This project was made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Center for Arts Education/ Parents as Art Partners.

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