Hatuey Ramos-Fermín
Messages to Go

Messages to Go

Limited bags available at:
Rossy’s Bakery and Coffee Shop
242 E. 3rd Street

Dual Specialty
91 1st Avenue

La Sirena Mexican Folk Art
27 E. 3rd Street

Downtown Art
70 E. 4th Street, 1st Floor
10 am–6 pm
Through December 19th, 2019

FABnyc and Downtown Art present Hatuey Ramos-Fermín’s Messages to Go, an art project that produces, designs, and distributes a series of reusable shopping bags based on conversations and interviews with local small business owners including the owners of Rossy’s Bakery and Coffee Shop, Dual Specialty, and La Sirena Mexican Folk Art, as well as with small business advocates including Cooper Square Committee Director of Planning and Development Abigail Ellman; CB3 Economic Development Committee member Meghan Joye; and NYC Council Member for District 2, Carlina Rivera.  

The design of each bag features quotes by the small business owner and advocates along with a graphic, designed by Ramos-Fermin, of either the owners’ storefronts or recently vacated ones. Bags were distributed to each store and are available at Rossy’s, Dual Specialty, and La Sirena, amplifying both their businesses and their stories. All bags are also available in the lobby of Downtown Art.

Through a series of events hosted at Rossy’s and Downtown Art, FABnyc will continue to support the voices of small business owners and advocates fighting against small business displacement in the Lower East Side and across the city. 

Messages to Go was first created in collaboration with Artists Alliance and Cuchifritos Gallery at the Essex Street Market.  

Public Programs

Small Business Appreciation & Advocacy Event
Co-hosted by FAB and Cooper Square Committee

Friday, November 15th, 4:30 pm
Rossy’s Bakery and Coffee Shop
242 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B & C)

Small business owners, organizers, and press are welcome to join. This event is not open to the general public.
RSVP to imani@fabnyc.org.

As part of Messages to Go, FABnyc and Cooper Square Committee will co-host an open meeting for small businesses in the Lower East Side to share their experiences with local organizers and elected officials. The event celebrates the cultural contributions of small businesses, while also using the space to connect local business owners with the resources and networks available to them and advancing discussions around combating cultural displacement in the neighborhood.

This event is open to press, storefront business owners, and local organizers based in the Lower East Side, and will take place at Rossy’s Bakery and Coffee Shop, one of the businesses interviewed and highlighted in Messages to Go.

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Messages to Go: Artist Talk and Closing Reception
Co-hosted by FAB and Downtown Art

December 10 @ 6:30 pm
Downtown Art
70 East 4th Street (between Bowery & 2nd Ave)

This December, FABnyc invites Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and owners of local small businesses to share their work, stories, and experiences at Downtown Art to close Messages to Go.

After the talk, we will host a reception with snacks provided by Rossy’s Bakery and Coffee Shop at which La Sirena and Dual Specialty will have items available for sale to take away in the bags designed for Messages to Go.

Join us in celebrating small businesses and the ongoing work of artists in support of thriving communities like ours!

About the Artist

Hatuey Ramos-Fermín (pronounced: Ahtway Rahmos Fairmean) is a Dominican born, Puerto Rico raised, and New York City based artist. He has developed projects and exhibitions in traditional spaces including galleries and museums as well as non-traditional art venues such as a security guard training school, community centers, churches, restaurants and laundromats. Additionally, Hatuey has curated roundtable discussions, film screenings, potlucks and podcasts. He has worked at organizations such as the Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Hostos Community College, among others. Hatuey is co-founder of meta local collaborative, Boogie Down Rides, and is currently the Director of Programs at The Laundromat Project.


Special project support is provided by the Rubin Foundation and New York City Small Business Services.

FABnyc programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Humanities New York, City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Con Edison, La Vida Feliz Foundation, New York Community Trust, NYU Community Fund, and LES Ready!