Al and I want to thank everyone for their continual support of ’Pomonok Dreams’. Another successful year of screenings at the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, PS 200 for 5th - 8th graders, and for a general audience at PS 201, sponsored by the Queens Memory Program, and Friends of Queens Public Library. A great time was had by all. Great reunions, and great memories. People continue to be amazed that public housing can be that good.
Whether you have, or have not seen ‘Pomonok Dreams’, and would like a DVD copy for yourself, or a friend, and a loved one, we are offering a “2 for 1” sale during the holiday season. Buy one DVD, and get a second one free. This offer ends January 2nd 2018.
Get your copies today. They make great stocking stuffers, and Hannukah gifts!
Pomonok Protestors - 1958
I dug this up from the Long Island Press photo archive. On May 19, 1958 there was a protest by women and children of Pomonok because the Housing Authority would not allow tenants to park in the lot next to the rental office at 67-10 Parsons. Some activist mom must have notified the Long Island Press and the newspaper sent a reporter and photographer to report on this demonstration of democracy in action.
The tactic worked and the parking lot was divided in half with yellow poles. On one side the housing authority employees parked and on the other the tenants were allowed spaces. I lived in the rental office building and us kids used that parking lot for punchball and football. The yellow poles were an obstacle and kids sometimes ran into them at full speed, but they could also be used as bases and for hook patterns when going out for a pass.