When 15 Sep 2020 - 15 Oct 2020
Where Queens Museum
New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
United States


“I’ve admired Tarry Hum’s work for a very long time, as well as Sam Stein’s. They are both scholars that I have such deep respect for, because they understand the role of academia within grassroots organizing, within anti-gentrification organizing, and within the larger container of social, economic, and racial justice movements. We need popular education that is written in a very accessible way, that’s digestible for everyday people to understand the dynamics of real estate, the dynamics of the creative class, of art and gentrification by the real estate developers—how they all fit together—so that they can be organizing tools for the people on the ground and on the frontlines. . . .”

“Why Gentrification?,” Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State, 2019

by Samuel Stein, PhD candidate in Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Urban Studies instructor at Hunter College. His scholarship addresses the increasingly powerful faction of government that seeks to bend public policy to support ever-rising property values. Stein has collaborated with Hum on a number of articles about how Sunset Park, Flushing, and Manhattan’s Chinatown are interwoven in a larger system of gentrification.

“Special Flushing Waterfront District: A Massive Giveaway?,” Gotham Gazette, January 31, 2020

by Tarry Hum, Professor and Chair of Queens College’s Department of Urban Studies, and member of the Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center’s Environmental Psychology program. Hum’s research areas include immigrant urbanism, transnational capital and real estate financialization, urban planning and community economic development. Her scholarship and activism have often focused on these issues in the neighborhood of Flushing, Queens.

Artist Betty Yu‘s upcoming installation, Resistance in Progress, looks at the impact of gentrification in Flushing, Queens through the lens of resident-activists combating displacement. Yu has worked closely with this week’s Queens Spotlight, Seonae Byeon of the MinKwon Center. Visit the online publication for our upcoming exhibition, After the Plaster Foundation, or, “Where can we live?”, to hear Yu speak about the work and check out the artist’s selected readings from urbanists Tarry Hum and Sam Stein, who write about the social, political, and economic systems that power gentrification in Flushing, and across the country.

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