What is The Final Mile?

The Final Mile was a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile was intended to shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible.

Why are we doing it?

In the age of superstorms, rapidly rising inequality, and global distribution systems, we are all increasingly aware of the connections between food, public health, and environmental stewardship. The Final Mile was created to help New Yorkers better understand how food shapes the city in critical ways that all too often go unnoticed.

How can you participate?

You can read full, detailed recaps of the tours offered as part of this series on the Blog, or visit the Resources page of this website to learn more about New York City’s rich and varied food system.

Closing Panel: Designing New York's Food Future


From the markets of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center to the food halls of Brooklyn, The Final Mile explored how the spaces in which food is produced, distributed, and consumed have helped shape New York City. Through these public programs, a chorus of voices made it clear that our food system is challenged from many sides. To close out the series, Open House New York organized a discussion about where the city’s food system is today, and what choices we need to make to design and build a better food system for the future.

Program Details

Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:30 – 9:00 PM
(Doors Open at 7:00 PM)
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, Manhattan

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