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‘Blissville and the nearby Gypsy village’ forgotten history

Saturday, October 14

Floyd Memorial Library will host a 59-minute screening of a video about an investigation of the neighborhood formerly named Blissville, and the discovery of a nearby Gypsy village in the 1930’s.

According to a press release issued by the video’s production staff,

“‘Blissville…An Investigation’ is a video about a remote and overlooked corner of Queens, NY. Blissville is the former name of the town, of about eighty houses – a triangle cut off by physical barriers from the rest of the city. In addition to the world’s largest fortune cookie factory; there is a factory with the exclusive rights for making replicas of the Statue of Liberty; a sushi factory, an Afghan bakery, and a giant car crusher. Through street interviews, video maker Hank Linhart investigates the origin of the name of Blissville and the character(s) of the town. Along the way, we discover a nearby Romani village in the 1930’s. The village was the largest gathering of Romani in the U.S. and was known as the “Gypsy Ellis Island”. The village was razed to make way for a highway to the 1939 World’s Fair.

“Through its dynamic mix of residents and industry Blissville is extremely rich in nationalities, many people on the first rung of immigration. The video is about the tapestry of daily life and the resiliency of a small town in the shadows of midtown Manhattan. The vitality of the town speaks to small towns everywhere.”

The video will screen on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Floyd Memorial Library. There is no charge for admission.

For more information, call 831-477-0660

Date

October 14
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location

Floyd Memorial Library
539 First Street, Greenport