Museum recovery film fundraiser

A pedal-powered generator bike was used to try to pump out MoRUS’s flooded
basement, but it proved better at charging cell phones.

Hurricane Sandy hit Alphabet City hard, and the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, located in the C-Squat storefront, on Avenue C near E. 10th St., suffered serious flood-related damage to its basement. Museum Co-director Laurie Mittelmann said, while she and a team of volunteers were able to salvage most of the archives stored downstairs, the basement walls are still damp and in extremely bad shape.

The museum, which tells the oft-overlooked stories of East Village activists and squatters, is now looking for to repair and finally host its official grand opening. To raise funds, the MoRUS crew is hosting a screening of the award-winning, environmentally conscious documentary “Who Bombed Judi Bari?” at The Quad Cinema, at 34 W. 13th St., on Sat., Nov. 17.

The screening starts at 8 p.m., and the film will be followed by a Q&A with producer Darryl Cherney and director Mary Liz Thompson. Tickets cost $10, and all proceeds will go to MoRUS.

The museum was originally slated to open on Nov. 17, but Mittelmann said that she and Co-director Bill Di Paola now plan to open it on Dec. 8.

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