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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Children play with inflatable bounce house at the block party hosted by The Shiloh Baptist Church of Jamaica in Queens, New York. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Tiffany Moreau looks out for her kid playing inside the inflatable bounce house at the block party hosted by The Shiloh Baptist Church of Jamaica in Queens, New York. Moreau mentions that she loves to see the community gather together. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Isaac Walters, 5, plays Cornhole at the block party hosted by The Shiloh Baptist Church of Jamaica in Queens, New York. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Joshua Dorcent, 13, plays basketball during the block party in Laurelton neighborhood in Queens, New York hosted by Sudan Deane. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Normando Nelson dances during the block party in Laurelton neighborhood in Queens, New York hosted by Sudan Deane. Nelson loves to see old and young people in the community become one during the block party. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Roy Owens cook friend chicken and port for the block party in Laurelton neighborhood in Queens, New York hosted by Sudan Deane. Owens has been part of the block party for four years now and he enjoys seeing family gather and enjoying beautiful day together. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Kiana Betancourt dances during the block party in Laurelton neighborhood in Queens, New York hosted by Sudan Deane. Betancourt is part of Berean Drumline that marched during the block party. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: The Berean Community Drumline marches during the block party in Laurelton neighborhood in Queens, New York hosted by Sudan Deane. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Racquel Jones with her nephew Mason Roland, 5 months, during the block party in Laurelton neighborhood in Queens, New York hosted by Sudan Deane. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Community in a Laurelton neighborhood gathers to enjoy time together during a block party hosted by Block Association president Sudan Deane in Queens, New York. CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Sudan Deane is the coordinator behind the block party in Laurelton neighborhood in Queens, New York. Deane started the block party in 2014 with the goal of getting the neighbors in Laurelton to get to know each other, show up for each other, have fun, show love to one another, and have unity in the community. Deane mentions that "home is where the community is." CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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NYTBLOCKPARTY. Queens, New York- August 24, 2019: Sudan Deane takes pictures while The Berean Drumline marches at the block party. Deane is the coordinator behind the block party in Laurelton neighborhood in Queens, New York. Deane started the block party in 2014 with the goal of getting the neighbors in Laurelton to get to know each other, show up for each other, have fun, show love to one another, and have unity in the community. Deane mentions that "home is where the community is." CREDIT: Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

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Block Parties / NYT
mary kang
May 18, 2020
Last year summer I teamed up with 19 other photographers to tell stories about block parties around NYC for @nytimes . I was assigned to a neighborhood in Queens organized by incredible coordinator Sudan Deane. Deane started the block party in 2014 with the goal of getting her neighbors to get to know each other, show up for each other, have fun, show love, and have unity in the community. Deane mentions that “home is where the community is.” I personally think block parties make NYC so special. I hope this culture here in this city gets protected by all means, for it to continue to thrive given that gentrification (landlord crisis, rent crisis, private property crisis, etc) is not being regulated enough. These block parties echo so much joy and strength in this city. To see the whole story, please click the link below.
65 Block Parties, 5 Boroughs, 20 Photographers: See What They Found
Join New Yorkers from Brooklyn to the Bronx as they dance, eat and play in the streets.

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