Story Iteration #2

22 09 2008

Background:

Beneath the urban landscape, in a world unknown their live creatures called Genies.  Genies are a special breed of cockroaches that are known for there resourcefulness.  The Genie communities are ruled by monarchy’s of Kings and Queens, sworn by secrecy.  Secrecy of an urban myth called Wellstone’s Utopia.  Stories of Wellstone’s Utopia were passed down from generation to generation.  It is regarded in Genie society as “the land of plenty”.   A place where food shelter and resources are unlimited.  Genie rulers for centuries have protected the legend of Wellstone’s Utopia.  Safe guarding the location and even the knowledge of it’s very existence.

Plot:
B is a troubled young bug searching for his past. He takes on different odd jobs to make ends meet. On one of his expeditions he travels to the town of Patiyala. The Patiyala town is ruled by a conniving Genie named Torex.  Torex is driven by a desire to find and expose Wellstone’s Utopia. B finds out of Wellstone’s Utopia and tries to exploit the conning Torex.  The only living map of Wellstone’s Utopia is Princess Joli the niece of Torex.  Princess Joli is grief stricken by the sudden death of her parents King and Queen Patiyala. Joli refuses to deal with the world and turns her back on the thrown of Patiyala.  B promises Torex that he can convince Princess Joli to tell of Wellstone’s Utopia.  Torex agrees to help B with Princess Joli to reveal the location of Wellstone’s Utopia. Torex also has his own plans on eliminating B and Joli once Wellstone is found.





Black Corona – reference

13 09 2008

http://books.google.com/books?id=Lwac-_8jdisC&printsec=frontcover&dq=lefrak+city+elmcor&source=gbs_summary_r&cad=0#PPA20,M1

Small excerpt from the book “Black Corona”





Do the right Thing!

2 09 2008

Video Clip…. from Do thing Right Thing!





Precedent.. A brief history..Demographic Shift

30 08 2008

Lefrak City (junction blvd)

Local reisdents speak about the changes in there community of Rego Park and Junction Blvd.

Reference provided by http://junctionblvd.blogspot.com





Project Area

30 08 2008

Lefrak City

Lefrak City is a large urban housing project located in the Corona section of Queens in New York City. Built for working and lower-class families in the 1960’s, Lefrak City features twenty-eight eighteen-story apartment buildings. In addition to the residential buildings, the complex also features two large office buildings, playgrounds, school, and nearly 3,500 parking spaces. Today, nearly 14,000 people live within the LeFrak City complex.

Named after the original developer, Samuel LeFrak, ground was broken for the facility in 1960 and was finished in 1969. Under a �total living” strategy, the philosophy of the complex was to offer in addition to housing, shopping centers, recreation, transportation and other facilities. The original cost of rent was an affordable $40 per air-conditioned room. Demographics have come in waves. Directly following construction, a large jewish population moved into the complex. However, through the 1980’s, more and more African American as well as Muslim immigrants from the horn of Africa are calling LeFrak City home.

Lefrak City Area Population Statistics in 1990

Total Population

Persons 60430
Nativity

Native Born 29265
Foreign Born 31165
Major Racial and Ethnic Identifications

White Non-Hispanic 22935
Black Non-Hispanic 12276
N American Native Non-Hispanic 115
Asian/Pacific Islander Non-Hispanic 9062
Other Race Non-Hispanic 264
Persons of Hispanic Origin 15778
Asian/Pacific Islander National Origins

Chinese 4145
Asian Indian 3280
Korean 882
Filipino 480
Japanese 10
Vietnamese 96
Thai 75
All Other Asian/Pacific Islander 330
Hispanic National Origins

Puerto Rican 3318
Colombian 3188
Dominican 3511
Ecuadorian 1611
Cuban 563
Peruvian 737
Mexican 450
Salvadoran 67
Guatemalan 119
Panamanian 147
Honduran 84
Nicaraguan 82
All Other Hispanic 1901
Language Data

Persons 5 yrs & older 56711
Speak Only English at Home 21194
Speak Other Language at Home 35517
Languages Spoken at Home (Ages 5 and Up)

Only English 21194
Spanish/Spanish Creole 14233
Chinese 3838
Italian 1091
Korean 751
Greek 601
Indic 2720
French/French Creole 1552
German 508
Tagalog 347
Polish 380
Russian 4210
South Slavic 128
Yiddish 572
Arabic 331
Portuguese/Portuguese Creole 122
Hungarian 552
Japanese 30
Vietnamese 38
Other Languages 3513




Gentrification – video youtube

12 08 2008