So there you are in the only bodega on your block, and they don't speak a lick of English. What's a hipster to do? HOW AM I GOING TO ASK IF THEY CAN MAKE THE CUBANO SANDWICH VEGAN??? Well, here at The Bushwick Dream we have taken the time to tackle such burning questions.
1) Mic check!
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In third place
Sure the fancy end of Bushwick has cute cafes but we have better cell service plus better taquerias.
In second place:
Bushwick at 1 in the morning is one hell of an adrenaline rush.
And in first place and the winnah of the best tweet of the week is....
"You should come visit me in Bushwick"
"Do you have brunch near you? I don't want to get stuck there after dark"
As many of you may know, Swallow has gotten a face lift with a new mural. Now a large bird (let's assume it's a swallow) on a black background dominates its exterior and in big bold letters it proclaims "Welcome to Morgantown". Many long term Bushwick residents don't seem so comfortable with this murals statement and it's easy to tell why.
The label "Morgantown" popped up sometime in the early 2000s describing a small oasis of artists in an otherwise strictly industrial and Puerto Rican area. This geographical term was only known to locals and created a sense of community, being not only a location but a cultural marker amongst its first wave of residents, many of which looked to deny mainstream culture and the trappings of the Chelsea style art world. But then the hype went into action. As Bushwick grew in reputation, Morgantown, it's fledgling epicenter, also gained great popularity. The term first appeared on the internet around 2005, possibly on justseeds.org, and by 2007 became widely used in flyers, craigslist ads and local blogs (this one included). Now references to "Morgantown" can be found in many large publications, tv shows and tourist guides. It is becoming a tourist destination, a magnet for posers, trust fund kids and outside forces looking to set up shop and make a buck (Swallow included).
"Mogantowns" legitimacy is being eclipsed by it's marketability, and there is no better proof then relative newcomer Swallow declaring "Welcome to Morgantown"; identifying itself with a community it took no part in forming, creating nothing more than a perfect spot to check maps and pose in front of for photos. Bad form.
Bushwick, with its thriving art community and ever growing selection of bars and restaurants seems so very safe now-a-days. But nevermind all the magazine write-ups and influx of young artist types, this place is still with its dangers. Case in point, Just today (11-25-11) long time Brooklyn resident Steven Harrington (pictured below) had himself quite a run in. While entering the Jefferson L train stop he was confronted at the top of the stairs by two men in their early twenties, one possessing a gun. While menacing, they made for a fairly bungling pair and Steven was able negotiate his way through the situation, only parting with his cell phone. As you can see he is smiling in his photo. That's because he's alive. Though he made it fairly unscathed it's good to be wary. Go ahead and tell your parents that of course Bushwick is safe but while walking around, watch your ass.
As you can see he is smiling in his photo. That's because he's alive.
We at The Bushwick Dream can't help but love the newest song/video by art/music duo Anxieteam. So very awesome.
In this landscape of steal and concrete it's always nice to get a little exposure to some greenery. Artist Kim Holleman has a novel way to supplying such things with her creation Trailor Park: a mobile public park. It is currently located on Bogart St near Boerum. Don't miss your chance to stop by and take a stroll in this 18' X 8' botanical wonderland.
Eat, drink and be merry. And don't go feeling so bad about those turkeys. If given the chance they'd eat you too. Example:
Those who live off the the L train will have a special treat during their commute this week. From 8 to 10 am (11/14 – 11/19) riders in the last two cars will have access to a pirate Wi-Fi intranet; the " L Train Notwork" which allows users to share info, photos or simply chat amongst each other. This fun project is brought to us by the good people at We Make Cool Sh.it and will feature poetry, prose and writing from the writers collective 1441. When you get on the train simply connect to the "notwork" and go to LTrainNotWork.com to join in the excitement.
Picture Via 1441.