Event - Gentrification and the Pandemic: The Fight for Flushing

Gentrification and the Pandemic: The Fight for Flushing

12.09.20, 6:30 pm

Image: Seonae Byeon

Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, real estate speculation, the predatory actions of landlords, and gentrification continue and even accelerate. While hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs and are at risk of losing their homes, the city and developers continue to pursue rezonings and luxury-scale construction. 


Join us for an engaging conversation about the fight against a multi-million dollar luxury complex on Flushing’s waterfront. You’ll hear from residents, organizers, activists and scholars who will discuss the community-led anti-displacement organizing efforts in the predominantly low-income immigrant neighborhood. Panelists will share visions for a people-centered Flushing and ways people can get involved in the housing justice fight in Flushing, Queens.




Seonae Byeon, Lead Housing Organizer, MinKwon Center for Community Action


Bobby Nathan, longtime Flushing resident and volunteer, MinKwon Center for Community Action


Tarry Hum, Professor and Chair of Urban Studies, Queens College CUNY 


Sarah Ahn, Organizer, Flushing Workers Center and Flushing Anti-Displacement Alliance member


Moderators: Betty Yu and Queens Museum staff


Speaker bios can be found here.


(Please note registration for this event has currently reached capacity. Attendees are welcome to register for the waitlist. Available tickets will be released to the waitlist shortly after the start of the event.)


Gentrification and the Pandemic: The Fight for Flushing is presented in conjunction with Betty Yu‘s installation Resistance in Progress, currently on view at Queens Museum as part of the exhibition After the Plaster Foundation, or, Where can we live

To learn more, check out Yu’s video with subtitles in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish here.