EVENT: BQX the Gentrification Express / Privatizing Public Spaces

BQX express event
On Wednesday, October 25th Queens Creative Solidarity joins in with Queens Anti-Gentrification Project for their event “BQX the Gentrification Express / Privatizing Public Spaces” with a two-part documentary screening of “FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK: WHAT IT’S WORTH” and “GENTRIFICATION EXPRESS: BREAKING DOWN THE BQX” and dialogue with the filmmakers. This event is FREE and refreshments will be served. Please join us!
Details on Facebook event page: 
Join us for a two-part documentary screening that rips the veil off the Mayor’s luxury trolley plan AKA Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) and the shadow activity behind privatization plans for Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Following the screening, we will share an intimate Q&A with the film directors and hear from local grassroots groups about how you can participate in their efforts.

Wednesday, October 25 at

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Astoria Historical Society: 3520 Broadway, 4th Floor, Astoria, NY 11106



“FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK: WHAT IT’S WORTH” by Queens Creative Solidarity (QCS) encourages dialogue around free and equal access to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. As a shared community resource which has been vulnerable to private interests in recent years, the park is an example of how a public park space is vital to the health and vibrancy of the diverse communities and families in New York City. The video highlights the extremely diverse voices and experiences of these park-goers and represents a snapshot of how free and equal access to city parks impacts hundreds of lives every day. On the 25th, the filmmakers will give backstory on threats to community access, and discuss how to get involved to prevent future privatization of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Filmmakers: Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez, Zahida Pirani, Juanita Lara, Ran Yan

GENTRIFICATION EXPRESS: BREAKING DOWN THE BQX: In January of 2016, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX), a streetcar that would run a 16-mile waterfront route from Astoria, Queens to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The announcement arrived with a PR campaign that claims the BQX as a transit option that would, amongst other things, serve the low-income communities along the corridor. A closer look at who is pushing the plan and how it will be funded reveals that the BQX relies on the displacement of the communities they are currently trying to sell it to.

Filmmakers: Amanda Katz and Samantha Farinella

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