Almost Home / Casi Llegando a Casa


Almost Home / Casi Llegando a Casa
April – August 2017
Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona, Queens

Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa is a new storytelling, oral history, art, and video series presenting monthly story-sharing workshops from April-July 2017 in different locations throughout Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona, and a culminating celebration in August 2017.


Sunday, April 23, 5:00-7:00pm
Manhattan Cocktail Lounge (formerly Tempo Libero)
88-08 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights

Join us for a story circle to share experiences, listen to each other, and discuss the challenges of staying in our rapidly changing neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Corona, and Elmhurst, Queens.
This is a free workshop, open to all, with yummy refreshments from El Toro Bravo.

English-Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Manhattan Cocktail Lounge (formerly Tempo Libero) is located at 88-08 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, New York 11372. Take the 7 train to 90th St – Elmhurst Avenue.

Sunday, April 30, 11:00am-4:00pm
Park of the Americas, 41-98 104th St, Corona (at the corner of 104th St & 42nd Ave)

At Queens Se Defiende / Defend Queens, “Almost Home” joins local community and grassroots groups to offer a story-sharing workshop following a presentation by Queens Neighborhoods United and Queens Is Not For Sale. The presentations will begin at 1:30pm, followed by a story circle in the park.
Organized by ICE Free Queens in collaboration with Free University of NYC, this is a day of interactive presentations and family activities. Know your rights, make art with your family, and learn more about the general strike happening May 1st.

Free and open to all!

Park of the Americas is located at 41-98 104th St (at the corner of 104th St & 42nd Ave) in Corona, Queens. It is near the 7 train at 103rd St – Corona Plaza.

Saturday, June 17, 12:00-3:00pm
Rain date: Sunday, June 18, 12:00-3:00pm
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the lake

Come enjoy a day in the park, meet neighbors, swap stories, and make your voice part of a collaborative City of Stories installation. Bring the family and BBQ, too!

Additional program dates TBD


Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa Information:

Exploring the meaning of “home” through telling the powerful stories of the challenges our communities face, and inspiring victories that local organizers have won, Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa aims to strengthen community connections through public storytelling programs, participatory art installations, and video that explore themes of home, vulnerability, resilience, and resistance.

Through community-driven oral history, artwork and video, Almost Home highlights the struggles and victories of community organizing against gentrification and displacement, criminalization, and hyper-policing of immigrant communities in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona, Queens. The project aims to strengthen the local organizing movement for housing justice and immigrants’ human rights.

Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa was developed by Five Boro Story Project’s Bridget Bartolini, Priscilla Stadler, and Milton X. Trujillo, in collaboration with Queens Neighborhoods United, a grassroots organization focusing on three social justice issues crucial for our local community: immigration, gentrification, and policing.

This project is generously supported by More Art and Citizens Committee for New York City.