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Celebrate Sunset Park at a Storytelling Event Friday

By Nikhita Venugopal | October 23, 2014 1:34pm
 Five Boro Story Project is hosting its first Sunset Park event on Friday at the neighborhood's recreation center. Here,  Mercedes Cano tells a story at the group's latest event from October in Queens.
Five Boro Story Project is hosting its first Sunset Park event on Friday at the neighborhood's recreation center. Here,  Mercedes Cano tells a story at the group's latest event from October in Queens.
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Alex Gordon

SUNSET PARK — Everyone has a story, and residents of Sunset Park — one of Brooklyn's most densely populated neighborhoods — will have a chance to share their tales at a Friday event.

The Five Boro Story Project is teaming up with the Laundromat Project’s "Create Change" program, an initiative that seeks to connect communities and artists, for “Stories at Sunset,” which will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sunset Park Recreation Center located at 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue.

The evening will feature hyperlocal stories from well-known Sunset Parkers, art installations from local artists and students, and a dance performance by Ballet Folklorico de Quetzalcoatl, a Mexican folk dance troupe.

Some of the storytellers include longtime resident Tony Giordano, who runs the popular “Sunset Parker” Facebook group, City Councilman Carlos Menchaca and filmmaker Betty Yu.

“The whole event is a big celebration of Sunset Park,” said Bridget Bartolini, founder of the Five Boro Story Project, a group that produces free community events to highlight stories and art.

The multi-lingual program will be followed by an open mic session, where anyone can share memories of the neighborhood.

Each person will be given a three-minute time limit to tell a story, sing, recite a poem — “really anything goes,” Bartolini said.

The Five Boro Story Project, which launched in April 2013, has hosted events throughout the city, including Harlem, Gowanus, Long Island City and Washington Heights. This will be its first event in Sunset Park.

For upcoming events from the Five Boro Story Project, visit this website.