Condo Cancer On The Rise In Queens And Perhaps Cuba…

 

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And you thought Long Island had the most breast cancer victims… As you know I’ve been blogging about how the one percent is eating up whatever space is available and turning it into condos. No doubt change is inevitable and this kind of change pushes out the poor and middle class. OK so some say yes lets clean up these areas, make them safe and livable. I agree but not at the expense of others. And the charm…let us not forget my beloved Bleecker Street which went from funky cool shops to an outdoor shopping mall. Then we have the East Village. No one dared to venture there until the 1980’s when artists and galleries flourished. It was fun. Now the fun is completely gone. Here is another example of Condo Cancer:

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/12/17/114_apartments_to_replace_old_east_14th_street_post_office.php

Now I understand that due to the Internet and poor management, our postal system is a bit antiquated to say the least. There are still some of us who would like to buy stamps on occasion.

OOPS!! And there goes Jamaica. Obviously in NYC the movement is going east. Don’t forget that there are areas that are a two fare zone, meaning bus and subway. So what you are supposedly saving in rent, you are spending on travel.

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/12/17/mapping_10_buildings_that_could_totally_transform_jamaica.php

And now get ready for more Condo Cancer. We are about to invade Cuba. Personally I think we should make friends with them. I always thought it was stupid to continue to carry on a cold war.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30516740

But enough about our ever-changing environment and how fast our culture has gone from interesting to Disneyland. Manhattan and Brooklyn are done, so why not spoil Queens.

Lets get to the art stuff. I’ve been writing for Moving Poems about poetry/video collaborations:

http://discussion.movingpoems.com/2014/12/the-art-of-poetry-film-with-cheryl-gross-poem-of-the-spanish-poet/

It’s fun and interesting checking out how others collaborate in this particular genre. I for one never paid much attention to poetry until I met Nicelle Davis : http://nicelledavis.com and Liz Bradfield over at Broadsided Press: http://www.broadsidedpress.org. I have to say that these two women changed my life for the better and helped launch my career in video poetry. Since the last Zebra Poetry Film Festival there has been tons of movement and I’m looking forward to my next post which involves another installation. It is very clever. That’s the beauty of it all. Finding art that you would otherwise never see.

BTW: Ivan is back:

https://greetingsfromkarpland.wordpress.com

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About cherylgross

Illustrator and author of the Z Factor. Professor Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Motion graphic collaborations with poet Nicelle Davis include: In The Circus Of You, Becoming Judas and Circe, travel the video poetry festival circuit. See resume at www.cmgross.com/pages/resume.htm for other accomplishments.
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