Past Events

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34th Ave Story Circle

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
This story circle workshop featured presentations about activism around urban streets, and invited participants to share personal stories and join a discussion about the past and future of city streets. MORE


Micailhuitl: Día de Muertos on 34th Ave

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
In collaboration with Ballet Folklorico Nueva Juventud, we held a special Día de Muertos celebration with dance, music, and storytelling performances, and art installations on the 34th Avenue Open Street. MORE

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34 Avenue Oral History Launch Celebration

Sunday, July 11, 2021
We celebrated the launch of 34 Ave Oral History with storytelling and dance performances from Jackson Heights community members whose lives have been touched by the 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights. MORE

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LES Nonagenarians Listening Party

Monday, December 9, 2019
This listening party featured excerpts from oral history interviews with elders who are part of the historic Co-op Village NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) on the Lower East Side. MORE


Great Bronxites

Saturday, September 21, 2019
“Great Bronxites” reclaimed Bronx Community College’s Hall of Fame for Great Americans with stories and poems about Bronxites who touch our lives and make our communities truly great. This event was part of “Diversity in Public Art: Empowering Community Voices at BCC’s Hall of Fame”. MORE

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Harlem Healthy Community Movement

Saturday, August 31, 2019
“Harlem Healthy Community Movement” is an initiative to promote health and wellness on physical, mental and spiritual levels. We kicked off in summer 2019 with free fitness activities, healthy food tastings, meditation, discussions, a chess tournament, music performances, and more. MORE

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Bushwick Love Letter Culminating Celebration

Saturday, August 18, 2018
The “Bushwick Love Letter” Culminating Celebration featured activists, storytellers, musicians, and poets whose pieces celebrated Bushwick and responded to the gentrification and displacement crisis. Attendees wrote love notes to Bushwick and shared stories, songs, and reflections in our open mic. MORE

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Bushwick Love Letter Workshops

April – July 2018
“Bushwick Love Letter” is bringing together neighbors to share stories about life in Bushwick, focusing on issues of gentrification, displacement, housing activism, and zoning. Workshops include neighborhood love note writing, story circles, and a roundtable discussion. MORE

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Almost Home / Casi Llegando a Casa Celebration

Saturday, January 27, 2018
The “Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa” Culminating Celebration featured storytelling, music, and poetry performances dealing with gentrification, displacement, immigration, activism and housing justice in the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona. MORE


Almost Home / Casi Llegando a Casa Workshops

April – October 2017
The storytelling, oral history, art, and video series “Almost Home/Casi Llegando a Casa” presented story-sharing and art-making workshops from April-October 2017 in different locations throughout Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Corona. MORE


South Bronx Love Letter – Part 3

Saturday, September 16, 2017
In the third installment of “South Bronx Love Letter,” Hunts Point and Longwood community members shared true life stories and poems that explored the special characteristics of these neighborhoods. Attendees wrote love notes to their neighborhoods and shared stories and poetry in our open mic. MORE


LIC & Astoria Love Letter

Saturday, June 24, 2017
“LIC & Astoria Love Letter” at Socrates Sculpture Park featured stories of growing up in Long Island City, Astoria, and Queensbridge, and the debut of the song “Astoria Park.” Attendees wrote love notes to their neighborhoods and shared stories, songs, and poetry in our open mic. MORE


Richmond Hill Love Letter Culminating Celebration

Sunday, December 11, 2016
The “Richmond Hill Love Letter” culminating celebration showcased true stories, creative writing, and dance performances inspired by Richmond Hill, Queens. Attendees read and wrote neighborhood love notes and told neighborhood stories in our open mic. MORE


Richmond Hill Love Letter Workshops

April – November 2016
Our 2016 “Richmond Hill Love Letter” series held monthly story-sharing workshops at local libraries, parks, and community centers. These activities brought neighbors together to share stories and memories of Richmond Hill, exploring the neighborhood’s past and possibilities for the future. MORE

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South Bronx Love Letter – Part 2

Friday, October 14, 2016
The second installment of “South Bronx Love Letter” featured powerful stories, poetry, and visual art of long-term South Bronx residents who are artists and activists. The event concluded with announcements from local community organizations and an open mic. MORE


Heart of the Bronx

Saturday, September 24, 2016
“Heart of the Bronx” presented stories and music exploring themes of health, happiness, self-love, and wellness in the Bronx. This program was part of the Center for Health Equity‘s “What Creates Health?” Summit at Hostos Community College. MORE.


Our Upper East Side

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
In partnership with the New York Public Library’s Community Oral History Project, “Our Upper East Side” showcased stories about the people and places that make the Upper East Side special. MORE.


South Bronx Love Letter – Part 1

Saturday, March 12, 2016
We celebrated the people and the stories of the South Bronx through a storytelling and music performance by Not4Prophet, an art exhibit presented by BxArts Factory, and story circles where we discussed what we love about the South Bronx as well as challenging issues that the neighborhood is facing. MORE


Make-A-Story Workshop

Saturday, February 6, 2016
We took children of all ages on a magic carpet ride through Brooklyn with our “Make A Story Workshop”. This event was part of BRIC’s Saturday House Party. MORE


Uptown Social Justice Story Share

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
“Uptown Social Justice Story Share” celebrated Harlem’s legacy of activism with true stories of social justice work from notable Harlem activists and artists. This event was part of the public programs for the launch of Museum of Impact, the world’s first mobile social justice museum. MORE


Richmond Hill Love Letter – Part 1

Saturday, September 19, 2015
“Richmond Hill Love Letter” invited locals to stop and reflect on the neighborhood and respond to the prompts “What do you love about Richmond Hill?” and “What do you want to see changed in Richmond Hill?” We collaboratively created an ode to Richmond Hill, supplying an infusion of love to the neighborhood. MORE


LES Is More: Loisaida Activism

Friday, May 8, 2015
As part of LES History Month, “LES Is More: Loisaida Activism” honored the Lower East Side’s living legacy of activism. Local activists shared personal tales of fighting in the trenches and living through tremendous transformations of the Lower East Side. MORE


Queens Documented: The Fight for Social Justice

Saturday, March 28, 2015
“Queens Documented: The Fight for Social Justice” celebrated the unconquerable spirit of Queens. Local activists shared personal tales of the inspirational moments that motivated them to work towards creating a more just and inclusive world. MORE


Mapping Brooklyn

Saturday, March 14, 2015
“Mapping Brooklyn” explored the different understandings that Brooklynites have of their borough through true stories and a reading of “Only the Dead Know Brooklyn.” Storytellers shared personal tales of how they map Brooklyn and posed questions to the audience. MORE


Authentic Islander Diaries

Saturday, December 13, 2014
“Authentic Islander Diaries” examined what it means to be a Staten Islander with true stories, music, poetry, and community story circles that invited discussion on what defines the borough. MORE

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LES Is More: Growing Up on the Lower East Side

Friday, November 7, 2014
“LES Is More” paid tribute to the Lower East Side with a musical performance from the Bowery Birds, and true neighborhood stories that took us on a journey through LES history with tales of childhood in a place densely packed with history and humanity. MORE


Stories at Sunset

Friday, October 24, 2014
“Stories at Sunset” showcased true stories about the neighborhood from Sunset Parkers, art installations inspired by Sunset Park, and dance performances from local group Ballet Folklorico de Quetzalcoatl. MORE


Queens Documented II

Sunday, October 19, 2014
The the second event in the “Queens Documented” series featured music inspired by Jackson Heights and true stories about coming to Queens, discovering one’s path, and finding home. MORE

Summers on Staten Island

Summers on Staten Island

Saturday, August 9, 2014
“Summers on Staten Island” promoted the reasons to take pride in being a Staten Islander, while exploring the complicated sense of pride we take in the borough, through stories and poetry set in the dogdays of summer on the island. MORE

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Queens Documented

Sunday, July 20, 2014
The “Queens Documented” launch event celebrated the diversity of Queens through stories about about the journeys that led people to come to Queens, and music about journeying to and growing up in Queens. MORE

Back In The Day

Back in the Day at Poe Park

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Part of Make Music New York 2014, “Back in the Day at Poe Park: A Bronx Storytelling & Music Festival” took us on a journey through the Bronx from Edgar Allen Poe’s day to our day, with true stories about Poe Park, music inspired by Poe and the Bronx, and a bboy dance showcase. MORE

To The Heights

To The Heights

Tuesday, May 6 & Saturday, May 10, 2014
A special two-part event, “To the Heights” paid tribute to Washington Heights with an extravaganza of story, song, and spoken word. Produced in collaboration with No Name and Word Up Community Bookshop. MORE

Queens Vignettes

Queens Vignettes

Saturday, March 15, 2014
“Queens Vignettes” painted a portrait of the borough from the perspective of five Queens natives and residents. This event was part of ETERNiDAY: Queens Poet Lore Festival at the Queens Museum. MORE

Growing Up Brooklyn

Growing Up Brooklyn

Sunday, February 2, 2014
The Five Boro Story Project joined Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Sunday Platform series with “Growing Up Brooklyn,” an intergenerational storytelling event. MORE

Voices of Jamaica

Voices of Jamaica

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Hosted by Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and produced in collaboration with Art, Food and Soul, “Voices of Jamaica” celebrated the stories, music, poetry and culinary arts of Jamaica, Queens. Attendees participated in an open mic and Jamaica-themed trivia show, and wrote comments with their reflections on Jamaica. MORE

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I’m Tawkin’ Here in Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I’m Tawkin’ Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent, a citywide celebration of New York stories, music and film, concluded at Gemini and Scorpio Loft in Gowanus, Brooklyn. “I’m Tawkin’ Here” promoted the culture of the five boroughs: the history, the stories, and the accents. MORE

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I’m Tawkin’ Here in the Bronx

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The resilience of the Bronx was celebrated with “I’m Tawkin’ Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent” at the Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory in Claremont.

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I’m Tawkin’ Here in Manhattan

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Manhattan edition of “I’m Tawkin’ Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent” emphasized Uptown, and took place at Teachers College in Morningside Heights.


I’m Tawkin’ Here in Staten Island

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
“I’m Tawkin’ Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent” turned the spotlight on the “forgotten borough” with the Staten Island installment at Full Cup in Stapleton.

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I’m Tawkin’ Here in Queens

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Five Boro Story Project launched with the “I’m Tawkin’ Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent” kick-off event at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City, Queens. MORE