6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
FREE FOOD AND REFRESHMENT + COMMUNITY BUILDING
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE FILMS:
“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 interes…ts 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