Legacies of Community Activism
Last Tenant Standing
199 E. 109th St.
Last Tenant Standing AR project features Padilla’s short documentary on the story of Raymond Tirado. Tirado is a man that fights to remain in his childhood home located in an East Harlem apartment building, which will be demolished and replaced with a luxury development any time soon.
To learn more about the artists visit cccadi.org/miqueridobarrio.
STEP 1. Download the free Blippar app.
STEP 2. Choose an AR site/project from the Mi Querido Barrio map. Once you are at the selected location, identify your marker.
STEP 3. Open the Blippar app in your phone and scan the image or object you wish to activate.
Wait a bit as you blipp. The content can take a few seconds to load.
Make sure the image/object is well lit, using the flash feature if necessary.
Make sure to hold your device steady as you blipp.
With this particular AR site/project: To locate marker #1, turn around the corner of E. 109th St., into 3rd Ave. Stand on the curb or as close to the street as possible to frame the doorway with the green scaffolding. Marker #2 has been can be found right across the street from 3rd Ave., behind the Citi Bike station. If you don’t have access to the physical marker, use the image marker on your Mi Querido Barrio Augmented Reality Guide, or visit cccadi.org/miqueridobarrio.
“My family has been in El Barrio for more than sixty years; these roots inspired me to become the artist I am today. My augments are an attempt to hold on to some of the most iconic people and places in El Barrio before real-estate speculation displaces them. Whether or not the residents and small businesses in these augments remain in our neighborhood, the exhibition will memorialize their fight and the legacy they’ve left behind. Viewers of this AR project are invited to share their stories of struggling and fighting to remain in their Querido Barrio, in hopes that those engaged in this struggle will find each other.
That things change is natural; how they change, why they change, who actually leads that change, who benefits, who loses—those are all choices and variables that we can put up a fight to determine. I hope this exhibition will inspire viewers to fight back, build with their neighbors, and decide the fate of their own communities. Our displacement is not inevitable.”
Andrew J. Padilla is an award-winning filmmaker, educator, and independent journalist, born and raised in East Harlem. He is currently profiling displacement in the United States through a series of documentary shorts entitled El Barrio Tours: Gentrification USA. From Hostos to Harvard, Andrew has lectured on urban politics across the U.S. His writing has been featured on NPR Latino, and in City Limits, Latino Rebels, and La Respuesta.