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Exploring History and Advocacy at the People's Beach at Jacob Riis Park
08/18/2022 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM ET


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What are spaces of freedom, community, and expression? Do they form naturally, or can we create them? How can we designate, document, and defend these spaces now and in the future?

Join MAS on Thursday, August 18 at 12:00 PM ET as we explore these ideas with a virtual conversation about the People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park. The People’s Beach has long been a beloved space for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. A recently announced city plan threatens to knock down a long-abandoned medical center that helped cultivate this stretch of beach as a safe haven. What would that mean for the beach and its place as a protected sanctum for queer culture, queer history, and queer community?

The conversation will engage artists, historians, journalists, and activists in a discussion on the importance of the space, and how we can document, celebrate, and protect community spaces at Jacob Riis Park, and beyond.

To learn more about the medical center and local advocacy at Jacob Riis Beach, read recent coverage in The City.

There will be time for audience questions at the end of the program.
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