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New York Earth Room

Address:
141 Wooster St., New York, NY
Directions:
On the west side of Wooster St. between Prince and Houston Sts, about halfway down the block. Buzz the buzzer and take the steps to the second floor. By subway take the B, D, F, or M to the Broadway Lafayette stop. Walk west on Houston (on the south side of the street). Cross Broadway and go three more blocks to Wooster. Then turn left. (Alternate: N or R to Prince and walk west along Price until you hit Wooster. Then turn north.)
Hours:
W-Su 12-3, 3:30-6. Closed mid-June to mid-Sep. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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New York Loft Filled with Dirt

3,500 square feet of prime real estate, filled with dirt. It's art.

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After hours at the dirt room building entrance.

New York Loft Filled with Dirt

The New York Earth Room is part of the Dia art foundation, named after Dia Beacon, a humongous former Nabisco packaging plant in Beacon, New York, filled with rooms of dirt, broken windshield glass, rocks, neon, etc. The Earth Room is open Wednesday to Sunday only, 12pm-3pm and 3:30pm-6pm. Do not come on the off hours! We were just greeted by a very surly and upset resident of the building who told us to read the sign on the wall. Apparently this mess happens to them a lot. Or he was just a grumpy old man, says my 10-year-old son.

[Gary Spino, 10/10/2019]

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New York Loft Filled with Dirt

I was worried this place would be difficult to find, but there were plenty of signs leading us to the exhibit. Stop in if you're in the neighborhood. We've never seen anything like it!

[Kristi, 06/12/2017]
New York Loft Filled with Dirt

I read about the Loft of Dirt on the website and I work near it. Unfortunately they don't allow pictures, but it was really amazing. Considering I work in a loft, to see one filled with dirt just blew my mind. There's a rich earthy scent when you go in. I really do wish I could have gotten a pic.

[Carol Jacob, 04/21/2011]
New York Loft Filled with Dirt

The New York Earth Room is a long-term art installation that consists of an empty second floor loft that is filled with 280,000 pounds of dirt. According to the Dia Art Foundation website, the dirt is 22" deep and covers 3,600 square feet of floor space. It was originally installed in 1977.

[Danielle, 06/22/2010]

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