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Group Against Business Improvement Dist. Screening Anti-Gentrification Film

By Katie Honan | January 2, 2014 3:56pm
 The Roosevelt Avenue Community Alliance is hosting the directors of a film about gentrification.
The Roosevelt Avenue Community Alliance is hosting the directors of a film about gentrification.
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Roosevelt Avenue Community Alliance

ELMHURST — A community group opposed to plans for a Jackson Heights-Corona business improvement distric is hosting a screening of a documentary that looks at the impact of gentrification on small businesses across the city.

The Roosevelt Alliance Community Alliance, a group that includes local business owners against the Jackson Heights-Corona BID, are sponsoring a screening of The Vanishing City, an award-winning documentary that takes a critical look at changes made in New York City in recent years.

Those changes have pushed out small, immigrant businesses and contributed to gentrification — which will happen if the plan for the improvement district is implemented, the group says.

The RACA was created in the fall to protest the plan for a business improvement district along Roosevelt Avenue, from 82nd Street to 104th Street.

The group says the fee for the BID will push out smaller, immigrant-owned businesses.

However, those in favor of the plan, including Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, say the fee for businesses will be small and will provide much-needed services to revitalize the area.

The Vanishing City will screen at Terraza 7 on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m., and the directors will be present after the screening for a discussion. For more information, visit their website.