Goals with goal of saving Willets Point
Nov 04, 2011 | 6063 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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Photos: Michael O'Kane

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.

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