Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Regional Economic Development Council, the F-Stop Project @Queensbridge is a photography and public art program engaging residents of the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City. In collaboration with the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, as well as other community partners, the Josephine Herrick Project is providing free photography classes, workshops, public exhibitions, and events to help Queensbridge residents use photography to talk about their community.

With 3,142 units and more than 7,000 residents, NYCHA’s Queensbridge Houses is the largest public housing development in the United States. The F-Stop Project aims not only to engage residents in dialogue, but to challenge mainstream notions about public housing and give residents the tools and platforms to frame the narrative about their community.

In addition to classes and events, the F-Stop Project will provide internships and training for high-school and college-aged Queensbridge residents. Working alongside photographers and industry professionals, interns will take on leadership roles within their community and build career skills related to the creative industry.

Project Goals

  • Build community and a sense of place in Queensbridge by strengthening and highlighting local resources

  • Bring new people into Queensbridge to see art and support local businesses

  • Equip residents with workplace readiness skills, particularly in the creative industry