Storytelling in Queens

Gentrification, displacement, immigration and housing justice will be among the topics that five Queens artists will touch on via storytelling, poetry, and music at “Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa,” an event scheduled for Jan. 27 at the D’Antigua tapas bar and restaurant on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights.

The event will be the culmination of a yearlong storytelling project conducted in Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst under the aegis of the Five Boro Story Project, which organizes such efforts around the city, writes Tara Law in Jackson Heights Post.

The group collaborated with The Queens Neighborhoods United, a grassroots activist group, to create the event themes. The Queens Neighborhoods United promotes community control over land-use, policing, and immigration policies.

Bridget Bartolini, founder of the Five Boro Story Project, said that the project’s goal was to foster a sense of community and to consider issues that affect the neighborhood.

“People said it was powerful to hear others’ stories and to share their [own] stories,” said Bartolini. “They saw that they had things in common. It helps us to understand each other and turn strangers into neighbors.”

Go to Jackson Heights Post to read what else will be featured at the free event, which will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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