CLT Events

Upcoming Events


Please join us on Saturday, June 1st from 1pm-6pm for our Queensboro People’s Space Block Party!

This Block Party will feature local artists, performers, artisans, food vendors, entrepreneurs and cultural organizations. There will be live music all day long, a dance performance, a fashion show, a clothing swap, raffle prizes, delicious food, local craftspeople selling unique work, community groups with information about their programs, and you can interact with our scale model of the proposed Queensboro People’s Space building.

WHERE 

44th Drive between Vernon Blvd and the waterfront, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101 (in front of the DoE building at 44-36 Vernon Boulevard)

WHEN 

Saturday, June 1st, 1pm – 6pm (Rain date is Sunday, June 2nd, 1-6pm)

WHY

To demonstrate the transformative role that public property in Long Island City’s Anable Basin can play when it’s dedicated to supporting Western Queens communities:

  • Our vision for the Queensboro People’s Space (QPS) is to convert the DoE building into a community hub for deeply, truly affordable spaces for manufacturing, artists studios, a rooftop garden, a commissary commercial kitchen for street food vendors, a food co-op, music studios, a community tool lending library, youth programs, job training classrooms, non-profit organization offices and much more.
  • Publicly-owned land should be in community hands—not given to for-profit developers—and rents should be 100% affordable.
  • Surrounding public land can offer resiliency infrastructure and spaces for ecological rejuvenation, recreation, and human connection.
  • To have fun and build community together!

Please feel free to invite all your friends and networks by using the Facebook event page.

We look forward to seeing you!

This event is made possible, in part, with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

Past Events

March 23, 2024: Community-Led Town Hall in Long Island City

WQCLT organized a people’s town hall to discuss the impacts of the proposed OneLIC rezoning on the Long Island City waterfront. Participants learned about how past real-estate development and rezonings transformed the neighborhood, causing racialized displacement due to rising rents. Concerns were raised about the upcoming city-led development plan OneLIC, which many feared will only create more luxury towers with almost no affordability. Participants discussed what the community truly needs, providing feedback via an open mic, giving interviews, and writing their ideas on a community “bulletin board.”

May 27, 2023: Woodside Queens Festival

WQCLT co-sponsored Woodside on the Move’s Woodside Street Festival on May 27. Festival goers checked out the QPS building model, learned about CLTs, and got their own WQCLT T-shirts for a small donation. Our very own Memo Salazar and Suga Ray Marston spoke at the event. There were also performances by CLT board member Daniela Cardona (Rude Mechanical Orchestra) and CLT member Ernie Brooks (Tape Hiss).


March 7, 2023: Queens Community Land Act Town Hall

On March 7, we co-hosted the Queens CLA Town Hall with NYCCLI, the New Economy Project and Chhaya in Jackson Heights. We had a full house with a stellar line-up of Queens CLT superstars including our very own Memo Salazar and Jenny Dubnau, Jessica Balgobin (of Chhaya & Queens CLT), Lorenzo Brea & Shemika Jones (of Ravenswood CLT), and Alexis Smallwood Foote (of the Real Edgemere CLT). Many electeds also came out in support of the CLA including Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas (NYS Assemblymember, District 34), Shekar Krishnan (NYC Council Member, District 25), Isaac Blasenstein (from NYC CM Julie Won’s office, District 26), and Jumaane Williams (NYC Public Advocate). NYCCLI made an easy to use action page for people to send emails to their Council Members. So, please send one to your rep and feel free to share this link with your friends and networks: Take action!

If you missed the event, you can watch it all here: video


Feb 28th to March 14th, 2023: Suga Ray’s hunger strike and sleep out

From February 28th to March 14th, Suga Ray Marston staged a hunger strike and sleep out in front of the DoE building that we want to turn into the Queensboro People’s Space. Many WQCLT members visited Suga Ray over the two weeks, as did our City Council Member Julie Won, to express their support of the WQCLT plan to convert the 600,000+ square foot building into a community space for small businesses. On the last Sunday, he was joined by many musicians and friends to call on Mayor Adams to meet with the WQCLT.

You can read more about it here: Hellgate, Gothamist, Patch

Our co-chair Memo Salazar cut a short video about it that you can watch here:


May 14, 2022: Queensboro People’s Space Public Launch

On Saturday, May 14th at the DoE Building in LIC, we were joined by an incredible group of local Queens activists, non-profit organizations, small business leaders and city-wide CLT members who spoke in support of the Queensboro People’s Space.

We are immensely grateful to all who came and made the event such a success. Shout-out to New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI) and land trust organizers from across the city who demonstrated there is a growing land justice movement. And much gratitude to our local NYC Council Members Julie Won, Shekar Krishnan and Tiffany Cabán who also spoke in support of our QPS project. We collaborated with the Street Vendor Project to give away dozens of free meals, heard fabulous freestyle from hip hop artist Eddie Krueger, and rallied the community around our collective vision for the Queensboro People’s Space.

Read more about the event in Patch.


Sept 18, 2021: Public Land in People’s Hands Community Festival

Thank you so much to the Justice For All Coalition, Ravenswood CLT, Connected Chef, Street Vendor Project, and Woodside on the Move as well as all of the amazing volunteers, musicians and artists who brought their energy, support and ideas to this celebration!

We gave away over 200 meals, had tons of insightful conversations and heard your vision for a collectively-owned and managed Department of Education building.


Jan 21, 2020: WQCLT First Public Meeting at Jacob Riis Center

It was great to have such an enthusiastic group of community members committed to a vision and structure of Western Queens that truly benefits us all!

We discussed the CLT’s vision for a community-led manufacturing, artists, and community space hub in the publicly-owned Department of Education building on the LIC waterfront. The meeting also featured an in depth presentation by professor James Defilippis’ grad students, who studied the DOE building for a semester.

We also shared other potential CLT sites in Western Queens, including residential units. Between the speakers, the questions, and the crowd, it couldn’t have been a more dynamic beginning to this endeavor.