Workers at Willets Point squared off in a soccer tournament this past weekend as part of the Willets Point Festival.
Twenty-one car workshops and garages were represented in the five-on-five tournament, which was in Willets Point Stadium, a lighted soccer arena carved out of an industrial lot at the intersection of 127th Avenue and Willets Point Boulevard. While they played, a DJ spun records from the top of stacked shipping containers.
This festival was hosted by Artefacting, a Brooklyn-based social arts organization, with the support of the Queens Museum of Art. The festival included a screening of the Willets Point documentary Chop Shop in the E.T. Tire Shop, a photo exhibit, public tours, and chai and samosas made available by Willets Point's own Spice Factory.
The festival and public tours were about supporting and exploring a hard-working local economy threatened by eminent domain on the part of the city. The general pubic was brought into Willets Point to engage and experience this place and its' nature.