As the National Guard made its way out of Bedford-Union Armory last year, New York University turned its attention to the community-serving potential of the structure, releasing a study that could guide the future reuse of the site.
After over a century of military use, the armory could soon provide facilities for recreation and sports, youth and senior services, and performance events. "NYU's Wagner Capstone team determined that the armory would require a primary operator; programming should be flexible, financially sustainable, balanced and affordable; and the armory must be a 'safe, welcoming space for the entire community.'"
Geberer adds that "the NYU team also recommended interim uses for the armory, such as flea markets and greenmarkets, as well as the possible sale of the armory's parking lot for residential development - which could create revenues for the overall project."
It would not be the first time the armory has served civilian uses. As 20th-century developments in transportation obviated the need for neighborhood armories, the National Guard opened its doors to community functions like film shoots, religious gatherings, and storage for disaster relief efforts.