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CAPITAL B Coalition of Arts & Performance Initiatives Towards A Livable Bushwick Gets ready for 2010


What have we been doing? um, about 5 things. 1. ♥ing Bushwick 2. 3. 4. 5.

Collaborating w/Youth Digitizing Fabrics Stalking Condos Surveying Communities


1. ♡ing Bushwick http://eyebeamers.posterous.com/

ARTS + COMMUNITY GROUPS Arts In Bushwick + Art of Living Yoga + Bags for the People + Beacon Center for Arts and Leadership + Bushwick Food Co-Op + CAPITAL B Youth Culture Lab + Coalition of Hispanic Family Services + DJ Dancey Pants + EYEBEAM + GELATO + Boswyck Farms + Bushwick Starr Theater + Brooklyn Public Library + Laurel Dance Program + No Standing Anytime + Our Goods + Up From Flames SMALL + BIG BUSINESSES Angel’s Fruit Market + Associated Market + Boars Head + C-Town + Circo’s Bakery + Fortunatas + Gaby’s Bakery + Kelso of Brooklyn + Olive Valley + La Orquidea Mexican Food Market + Pica Pica + Mi Bella Dama + Northeast Kingdom + Roberta’s Pizza + Trinity Farm Stand + Wonton Food Company


2. Collaborating w/Youth


3. Digitizing Fabrics


4. Stalking Condos (108!)


5. Surveying Communities


What do we know now? well, about 556 new things. 66 Wishes 105 Fabric Mappers 345 Community Needs


66 Wishes Neighborhood Safety No over-dosing (13 year old) Have a safe, less drug filled, healthier environment for the children. No more violence Community + Environmental Health Another cleaner park For more wilderness and less cement factories!!! Cement factories out of our parks and streets Big Trees! The Arts Diana Reyna to give more money for arts funding in Bushwick For affordable options to buy artist spaces in Bushwick. Social Services + Community Needs Homes for the homeless Kids in Bushwick had lots of choices of things to do after school. I want more opportunities for teens More English Classes To go to college Equality + Peace Racial Harmony More unity more community! For peace Food + Recreation Fresh affordable veggies Bushwick had healthier better food. I would like a gay bar Jobs + Local Economy Bushwick, I wish for you to return to your industrial past and thrive! That low income Bushwick residents did not have to fear being pushed/ priced out of their homes More community activities and jobs without exploitation


Square Miles: 2 Population: 129,980 Poverty Rate: 32% *poverty threshold for a family of two adults and two children in New York City would be a $26,138.

Overview Bushwick Demographics


105 Fabric Mappers ♥ of Bushwick 7-13 Maria Hernandez Park 14-18 Knickerbocker Avenue 19-25 Maria Hernandez Park 26-35 Knickerbocker Avenue 36-45 Knickerbocker Avenue 46-55 Maria Hernandez Park 56-65 Home/Church 65+ Senior Center/Home/Church

positive 7-13 home, school, park 14-18 park, pizza + fast food places 19-25 parks, bakeries 26-35 school, park, arts spaces 36-45 schools, park 46-55 church, community organizations 56-65 home, park 65+ home, park

negative 7-13 street (fighting, drunkenness, litter) 14-18 street (gangs, muggings) 19-25 public housing projects 26-35 street (gangs, muggings, hate crimes) 36-45 condos, street (industrial waste) 46-55 NA 56-65 street (anywhere at night) 65+ streets, public spaces (around public housing)

safe 7-13 home 14-18 home 19-25 school 26-35 home, school, church 36-45 school, park 46-55 home, park 56-65 home 65+ home

unsafe 7-13 street (gangs, cars, vacant lots) 14-18 street (public housing projects) 19-25 street 26-35 street (Morgan area at night) 36-45 street (industrial areas at night) 56-65 street (anywhere at night) 65+ street (robberies at night)

arts + culture 7-13 museums, galleries, school, restaurants 14-18 church, school, public library 19-25 Grand Street 26-35 open public spaces, restaurants 36-45 open public spaces 46-55 church, NA 56-65 church, schools, senior centers 65+ church, senior centers

people come together 7-13 open public spaces, public library 14-18 open public spaces, public library, school 19-25 public library, restaurants 26-35 open public spaces, art spaces, restaurants, stores 36-45 open public spaces, art spaces, restaurants, stores 46-55 art spaces, restaurants, stores 56-65 open public spaces, art spaces, schools 65+

senior center/home/church


KID Fabric Map of Bushwick


TEEN Fabric Map of Bushwick


ARTIST Fabric Map of Bushwick


FACTORY WORKER Fabric Map of Bushwick Places important for arts + culture = “I wouldn’t know.”


SENIOR Fabric Map of Bushwick


AGE 14-18

33%

RACE/ETHNICITY Latino/Hispanic

115

55%

191

NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENCE Bushwick 77%

191

PLACE OF WORK Bushwick

48%

116

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE 1-2 years 27%

68

WORK/HOME RELOCATED IN PAST 2 YEARS Job lost or relocated 10% 33 ARTS ARE IN MY LIFE/NEIGHBORHOOD IN THESE WAYS I attend performances or arts-related events 46%

115

SYSTEMS THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT Safety 61% 202 Environmental Health 49% 164 14-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+

safety arts environmental health environmental health safety safety safety, environmental health, education

345 Community Needs Survey


12 WISHES . . . Cement factories out of our parks and streets Another cleaner park No littering

CNS 49% - environmental health needs most improvement CHP

2 in 5 adults are uninsured More than 1 in 4 adults are obese Exercise habits in Bushwick are less healthy compared to NYC (56% no exercise) 2,223 people living with HIV/AIDS (.01% of population) Alcohol-related hospitalizations are twice the NYC rate 9% of adults have asthma in BWK + WB (compared to 5% in Brooklyn and NYC) Child hospitalization for asthma is more than double compared to Brooklyn and NYC

Case Study

Edible Schoolyard Lower East Side Ecology Center, Mobile Farm Chicago X Lab, Hello Health

Profile Richie, 46 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH data + case study


8 WISHES . . .

No more violence More Security Have a safe, less drug filled, healthier environment for the children.

CNS 61% - safety needs most improvement CHP BWK + WLB have higher homicide rate, 1 in 20 adults report fear of an intimate partner Profile Chris H. + Maria

SAFETY data + case study


5 WISHES . . .

I owned a building here I hope the evil yuppies don’t invade Bushwick That low income Bushwick residents did not have to fear being pushed/priced out of their homes

CASE STUDY Schermerhorn House Common Ground + Actors Fund of America

CNS

38% arts have not changed access to affordable live/work space, 60 empty condos!

FM home is safe, long-term tenants are threatened, rents are rising, condos are associated with gentrification

Profile Lorena, 44 HOUSING data + case study


3 WISHES . . .

For a continual artistic community Diana Reyna to give more money for arts funding in Bushwick For affordable options to buy artist spaces in Bushwick.

CNS 46% attend performances or arts-related events FM most identified as important for arts + culture + where different people come together = open public space 44% of 14-18 year olds say the arts have no impact on their Bushwick’s economic well-being

Profile Amanda Cordero, 16

ARTS/CULTURE data + case study


345 Community Needs Survey AGE 14-18 19-25 26-35 46-55 56-65 65+

33% 11% 25% 12% 4% 2%

115 40 86 42 15 8

RACE/ETHNICITY White/Caucasian Other Black/African American Latino/Hispanic Asian Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Native American

27.9% 96 2% 16% 55% 3% 2% 1%

7 57 191 10 5 4

NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENCE Bushwick Williamsburg Greenpoint Bedford-Stuyvesant MAN/BRX/QNS

77% 11% 2% 9% 26%

191 28 6 22 90

48% 13% 3% 3% 33% 9% 25%

116 31 6 8 81 22 86

27% 26% 16% 11% 16% 5% 1%

68 66 41 28 40 12 2

PLACE OF WORK Bushwick Williamsburg Greenpoint Bedford-Stuyvesant I do not work I am unemployed MAN/BRX/QNS

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE 1-2 years 3-5 years 6-10 years 11-15 years 16-25 years 26-40 years 41+ years


WORK/HOME RELOCATED IN PAST 2 YEARS Job lost or relocated Business closed Lease expired Evicted Landlord raised rent Property re-sold Property converted Other

10% 3% 5% 2% 8% 1% .3% 77%

33 11 16 6 27 4 1 266

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ARTS ARE IN MY LIFE/NEIGHBORHOOD IN THESE WAYS I am a professional artist I take art/music/dance classes I attend art school/college I attend performances or arts-related events I work/volunteer for an arts organization I provide arts workshops in the community I own an arts space

23% 25% 13% 46% 31% 7% 3%

57 62 33 115 78 18 79

***

SYSTEMS THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT Safety Health Services Education Sanitation Environmental Health Community Orgs. Arts + Cultural Orgs.

61% 42% 42% 47% 49% 27% 35%

202 139 141 156 164 89 118

***

ARTS EFFECT ON ECONOMIC WELL-BEING Income Sources Client Numbers Access to affordable work space Access to affordable living space General neighborhood livability

INCREASED 25% 25% 18% 21% 65%

DECREASED 36% 17% 31% 32% 9%

NOT CHANGED 32% 38% 38% 38% 19%


105 Fabric Mappers ♥ of Bushwick 7-13 14-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+

Maria Hernandez Park Knickerbocker Avenue Maria Hernandez Park Knickerbocker Avenue Knickerbocker Avenue Maria Hernandez Park Home/Church Senior Center/Home/Church

positive 7-13 14-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+

home, school, park park, pizza + fast food places parks, bakeries school, park, arts spaces schools, park church, community organizations home, park home, park

negative 7-13 14-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+

street (fighting, drunkenness, litter) street (gangs, muggings) public housing projects street (gangs, muggings, hate crimes) condos, street (industrial waste) NA street (anywhere at night) streets, public spaces (around public housing at night)


safe 7-13 14-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+

home home school home, school, church school, park home, park home home

unsafe 7-13 14-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 56-65 65+

street (gangs, cars, vacant lots) street (public housing projects) street street (Morgan area at night) street (industrial areas at night) street (anywhere at night) street (robberies at night)

arts + culture 7-13 14-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+

museums, galleries, school, restaurants church, school, public library Grand Street open public spaces, restaurants open public spaces church, NA church, schools, senior centers church, senior centers

people come together 7-13 14-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+

open public spaces, public library open public spaces, public library, school public library, restaurants open public spaces, art spaces, restaurants, stores open public spaces, art spaces, restaurants, stores art spaces, restaurants, stores open public spaces, art spaces, schools senior center/home/church


66 Wishes Neighborhood Safety For more toys for the playground and more security More Security No over-dosing (13 year old) No bad people anywhere (11 year old) Have a safe, less drug filled, healthier environment for the children. For less violence Less guns! more pizza! No more violence Community + Environmental Health Bushwick had more trees Less cement! More bicycles There were more trees and diversity (people wise and flora/fauna wise) Big Trees Tranquility Bushwick was a cleaner environment No littering – 12 years old Another cleaner park For more wilderness and less cement factories!!! Cement factories out of our parks and streets Universal health care For more trees The Arts For a continual artistic community Diana Reyna to give more money for arts funding in Bushwick For affordable options to buy artist spaces in Bushwick. Everyone would stay happy and show off some art Social Services + Community Needs Go give homes to the homeless Homes for the homeless Kids in Bushwick had lots of choices of things to do after school. I want more opportunities for teens More English Classes To go to college


Equality + Peace Racial Harmony More unity more community! For equality for all For peace Everyone should have peace Freedom All the love and support and goodness concentrated lives today and extends Food + Recreation Fresh affordable veggies Bushwick had healthier better food. For a coffee shop 2 blocks from my house with very good coffee For a tasty dish There were other venues Dog run in Maria Hernandez I would like a gay bar More people go out to see the stars at night Jobs + Local Economy Bushwick, I wish for you to return to your industrial past an thrive! And provide jobs jobs, jobs for everyone. More community activities and jobs without exploitation That all future pizza places use ovens brought to Bushwick from Italy Space + Real Estate I owned a building here That people would know the neighborhood boundaries better! That I became more familiar with its streets I hope the evil yuppies don’t invade Bushwick That low income Bushwick residents did not have to fear being pushed/priced out of their homes Misc. Wishes Love and a traveling mirror tent Brighter starz Bushwick can become cool! To be skinny For non-stop sun For lots of sunshine this winter!!! And not that much snow. That I was as fierce as Luther Cherry! Michael Hart moves back to wick and owned a giant loft I had a puppy For peace love and more beacon’s closet! We could all take long baths! Deer


108 Condos BUSHWICK HOUSING CRISIS DATA There are a wide range of housing problems in Bushwick that signal a neighborhood housing crisis. These include a scarcity of affordable housing, rising rents, aging housing stock, serious housing code violations, overcrowding, harassment, displacement, eviction, and extensive housing foreclosures. FORECLOSURES The neighborhood of Bushwick had the third highest rate of housing foreclosures in the city of New York in 2007 at 57.8% per 1,000 1-4 family properties? CODE VIOLATIONS That Bushwick continues to have the highest number of serious housing code violations (per 1,000 rental units) out of all the neighborhoods in the city of New York, year after year? In 2007, there were 193.2 serious housing code violations per 1,000 rental units within the Bushwick neighborhood.

HOUSING STOCK The median age of housing stock in Bushwick is 76 years old? Compared with other New York City neighborhoods, Bushwick ranks 19th on this housing indicator.

HOME OWNERSHIP That even though the homeownership rate in Bushwick stands at only 18.7%, the neighborhood ranked fourth in the city for high cost home purchase loans in 2007?

COMPLAINTS In 2001, Bushwick residents made 582 total housing code complaints per 1,000 rental units, 184.7 per 1,000 of which were serious violations- a rate of 450% more complaints than the New York City average.

(Compiled by Sarah Cunningham and sourced from: “This Side of Poverty: Bushwick’s Housing Crisis,” A report by Make the Road by Walking, Inc., (December 2003 <http:// www.maketheroad.org/report.php?ID=128>)


Bushwick Condos: A Snapshot Bushwick is a traditionally low-income community made up primarily by people of color. However, over the past several years, the neighborhood has seen a large increase in luxury development that is contributing to the gentrification of the area. This process may ultimately displace many of the people who have lived in this neighborhood for generations. • • • • • • • •

Median Household Income is $31,531 32% of residents make under $18,302 8% of residents are unemployed Median Monthly Rent for a Bushwick Resident is $795 Notice of Foreclosure Rate is 57.8%, which has nearly tripled since 2000. Total number of foreclosures in Bushwick in 2008 was 379 Highest rate of serious housing code violations in the city Poverty Rate of 32%

RTTC-NYC’S CONDO COUNT: (108 BUILDINGS IDENTIFIED) RTTC NYC members canvassed 36 census tracts in Community District 204 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Through this canvass, we identified 108 residential buildings that appeared to contain a significant amount of empty units (60 buildings), or appeared to be stalled in construction (48 buildings). Empty Condos: (60 Buildings Identified) To identify buildings with empty units, canvassers looked for evidence of people living in the units, for sale signs, and spoke with neighbors and building personnel. Using these criteria, we identified 60 buildings in Bushwick that appeared to contain empty units. Through our secondary research, we uncovered the following additionally information about these and other units currently on the market in Bushwick: Condos/Co-ops/Houses: Average price: $405,959 Average days on market: 216 days Total number of units: 40 units Total number of bedrooms: 75 bedrooms Multifamily Houses: Average Price: $565,795 Average days on market: 158 days Total number of units: 81 units Total number of bedrooms: 599 bedrooms


Below are two examples of some of the buildings we found: 979 Willoughby Street Total units: 15 Total units available: 14 Average days on market: 382 Average price (unit): $507,750 326 Melrose Street Total Units: 10 Total units available: 9 Average days on market: 125 Average price (unit): $325,000 Stalled Construction: (48 Buildings Identified) Through our canvassing efforts, we looked for the following evidence of a stalled construction site: an expired DOB permit, boarded up windows, locked doors, lack of ongoing construction, and conversations with neighbors. Using these criteria, we identified 48 buildings that appeared to be in various stages of stalled construction. However, the DOB has only 4 developments on its list of â&#x20AC;&#x153;stalled construction sitesâ&#x20AC;? within Bushwick.


4.2.09 19:00 /Arts in Bushwick Open Studio Planning Meeting

4.3.09 16:00 /At the home of Chloe Bass /Member of Arts in Bushwick

/Teaching and Performing Artist

“We don’t exist . . . There’s no one to talk to when water is pouring out of the ceiling.” (on not having a lease for her home)

4.8.09 12:00 Coffee with Laura Braslow at Enids in Williamsburg /Member of Arts in Bushwick “Gentrification is a process of choice sorting . . . There are people

who choose to stay or go, or no longer have the choice to stay. . . There are landscapes of choices and options.” (on gentrification’s impact on different demographics)

4.8.09 13:00 Coffee with Aaron Short at Enids in Williamsburg “People are afraid of rents going up. There’s a fear of waterfront condos . . . there’s not that many places to move to and not enough protections for illegal conversions . . . Tensions are mostly in housing. As artists are coming in and raising rents [it’s important] to volunteer with senior centers and youth education groups.” (on gentrification and artist communities)


4.9.09 15:00 /At Lumenhouse with Aurora “Bushwick is tough. There’s lots of crime. When we first moved, there were people shooting up on our steps . . . But we’re trying to raise a family here . . . The only racial tension we’ve experienced is from other white people who were here before us.” (on challenges of running a community space and raising a family in Bushwick)

4.9.09 16:00 /At the Bushwick Public Library with Nate Hill “The library is facing a huge budget cut and layoffs. [We’re] not just about the books - it’s the only real public space in the community.” (on the need to use the library space for interactive educational and arts-based programs to engage teenagers)

4.8.09 19:30 / At Life Cafe with Jill Sigman “Being off the grid was impossible in Williamsburg. In Bushwick you can still be off the grid . . . I think we’re in a process, not a crisis.” (on being priced out of her Williamsburg studio and the gradual movement of artist spaces deeper into Brooklyn)

4.16.09 16:30 At the Bushwick Public Library with Emily “There’s no wrong way to use a library. Some teens only attend programs, sit and hang out with friends, or others just check out books and leave. The library supports all different users of the space.” (on the library space as a community center)


4.17.09 15:15 /On the phone with Caron Atlas /Fractured Atlas “Our point is that a lot of groups have been overlooked. We want to show the diversity within each group, and address issues of invisibility and impact . . . There are stereotypes of Williamsburg Latinos as not artists, and artists as transient by choice.” (on Fractured Atlas’ study “Placed and Displaced”)

4.22.09 10:30 /On the Postal Delivery Route with Richie “Maybe they’re making music, going to school or their parents kicked them out of the house . . . they are the bad kids from Wisconsin.” “I’m in the heart of it all.” (on the new artist communities that are part of his postal route)

4.23.09 12:15 / In the Ice Cream Truck with Juan “People used to sell drugs on this street. Now I sell ice cream.” (on neighborhood demographic shifts in demographics and improved safety)

4.25.09 19:00 /Surveying at the Lumenhouse Benefit 76% of visitors surveyed were not sure of where they were going after the event. 20% wanted to go out to drink, eat, or to another event, but didn’t know where to go in the neighborhood.


4.2.09 19:00 /Make the Road NY with Jose Lopez / Youth Power Coordinator of BRAG - Bushwick Research About Gentrification “The City will not bail out developers who have vacant condos.” “Young people are consistently pushing things forward. We want to design a research process that’s not just a report.” (on vacant condos and the need to lobby for converting them into affordable housing)

4.29.09 16:00 /At Congee Village with Michael Heimbinder /Founder of Habitat Map “For a long time people weren’t doing anything. Now they’re all making maps and not doing anything.”

(on the rising popularity of maps as research tools)

4.30.09 15:30 / At the Academy of Urban Planning with teachers Adam Schwartz and Josh Lapidus flickr.com/photos/aupmaps

5.2.09 15:00 In the Spacebuster under the BQE raumlabor-berlin.de


5.3.09 14:00 Surveying the Rained-In Block Party at Third Ward

5.7.09 15:00 /At Lumenhouse with Aurora + Marshall “Lumenhouse is a real labor of love. And it is evolving, changing and growing - just like the work it showcases.” (on the multiple programming uses of their space and its function as a community resource)

5.14.09 11:00 / In DUMBO with Rebecca Jacobs of The Livable Streets Initiative “We are a city of walkers. So few Americans walk.” (on organizing events in Brooklyn for International Walk to School Day) streetseducation.org

4.8.09 13:00 Lunch at Norte Maar with Jason + Norman “Wherever I go, I’m going to make it work.” - (Jason on setting up a gallery in his living room) “People’s problems are magnified when they’re in the hospital.” - (Norman on family dynamics at Wyckoff Heights Hospital)


5.14.09 15:30 /Stuyding the vacant lot with Chavi “This fruit has been here for weeks.” (on researching trash typologies in the abandoned lot on Boerum and Bogart Streets)

5.14.09 17:00 /Meeting with MTR’s Youth Committee Bushwick Research & Action on Gentrification

5.15.09 5:00 / Tea with Lise Brenner waterunderattack.com

5.16.09 13:00 Livable Neighborhoods Training at the Municipal Arts Society “Zoning is not planning. It’s just a mechanism to control physical space. It’s a regulatory measure . . .Unfortunately, zoning is abused by developers.” (Tom Angiotti on the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) mas.org/cpa/lnp/


5.18.09 13:00 Training at Make A Better Place

makeabetterplace.org

5.19.09 11:30 /Visiting the 83rd Police Precinct Office with students from the Academy of Urban Planning High School “I’ve seen parents prostituting their own children on the street.” (a man waiting to file a complaint at the 83rd Police Precinct on the safety and dangers of the neighborhood)

5.19.09 16:00 Cultural Mapping Collaboration with Eric Ost of High-Five “When kids get to meet the people behind the art and get behind the scenes access, it reduces the foreignness of the neighborhood.” (on organizing high school students to author the cultural map of Bushwick)

5.20.09 13:00 Crashing the company picnic / Boars Head distribution center “Everyone has to eat. Whether you’re buying a bologna or stealing a bologna” (Off the Record at the Boars Head Company Picnic on the impact of the economic downturn on business)


5.20.09 19:00 /Lounging at the New York Loft Hostel “There are classical tourists and there are weird people who stay in all day.” (The concierge, Paulo, on the different types of hostel guests)

5.20.09 11:00 /Incomplete transaction with Tommy “Hi, I’m Tommy. Are you interested in vintage records? No? Are you interested in pot?” (Advertising his “pot-mobile” outside Justice Ramirez Park on a Wednesday morning )

4.3.09 16:00 /Mapping micro-economic ties in the Williamsburg Industrial Zone

5.20.09 12:00 Fortune Cookies & Noodles!


5.22.09 15:00 /In the car with Rudy Diaz of Puerto Rico Car Service “ There are no air quality controls and so many of us have asthma and allergies. It boils down to politics. The people that are controlling politics are also the rich ones - and so they have often never been sick like this because of pollution. So they don’t care about us . . . Someone really needs to speak up on our behalf.” (On the environmental challenges facing Bushwick residents)

5.23.09 16:00 / P.R. Auto Repair Flat Tire Repair/Daycare/Dollar-Store on 113 Troutman Street

“We’re using space to the maximum here.”

5.28.09 17:00 Prototyping Condo-Popsicles at Make the Road NY

5.28.09 13:00 Architect Volunteers at Chez


5.31.09 16:00 /CAPITAL B meeting at Ad Hoc Gallery

6.03.09 11:00 /Economic Indicators Walk with AUP students A negative economic indicator in my neighborhood is . . . “Unfinished construction, which means that companies ran out of money.”

6.03.09 11:00 /Interviewing the security guard of Grove Street Condos “There are some artists who live here. They moved from SoHo. But there are mostly regular people, like cops and people in finance.”

6.10.09 15:00 9 & 10-year-olds at Bushwick IMPACT - P.S. 377 The heart of Bushwick is . . .

“the hospital.”

A negative place is . . . “the police station.” I want to make my neighborhood a better place by . . . “talking to people that don’t pick up trash.”


6.10.09 19:00 /MTRNY Youth Power Benefit at Galapagos Art Space

A place where different people come together is . . .

“the public pool on Metropolitan.”

6.12.09 13:00 /11th Grade Human Geography Class at AUPt My neighborhood would be a better place to live by . . . .

“having more recreation centers and internships for teenagers and kids.”

“educating people.”

“if people would be committed to each other.”

6.12.09 17:00 AUP Benefit at Tandem Bar “There is a lady who sells Mexican tamales on Myrtle and Wycoff. This is a place that is important for my culture.”

6.17.09 09:30 Diana H. Jones Senior Center An important place for arts and culture is . . . “The arts and crafts room of Diana Jones Center.” “I don’t know. I never leave home.” “the Menonnite Church on Knickerbocker.”


6.18.09 15:00 /Lounging at 38 Wilson Avenue Condos

“You can’t really tell on a cloudy day like this, but the views of Manhattan are really spectacular.”

6.18.09 15:30 / Magalis of Ana Fashion “It’s been two months since I was completely robbed. They stole all the merchandise and even the windows. I think the people who did it lived in the same building.”

6.18.09 16:00 /Spiros - Landlord of 4 homes on Troutman St. and Self-Declared Real Esate King “Hey, you looking for an apartment?”

6.18.09 16:00 156 new apartments under construction on Troutman Street


6.17.09 09:30 /Diana H. Jones Senior Center “The safest place in my neighborhood is my home.”

6.18.09 21:00 /Jose from Bolivia on Boerum Street Recently unemployed from a metal recycling factory in Peekskill “The neighborhood doesn’t have problems. The people are calm and there is no violence.”

6.24.09 09:30/ Diana H. Jones Senior Center “All kinds of people come together in the parks. They are the heart of our community.”

5.28.09 13:00 Dollar-Store Warehouse on Johnson Street


5.18.09 16:00 /Spiros - Landlord of 4 homes on Troutman St. and Self-Declared Real Esate King “10 years ago I used to own Astoria. I was the king there and now I’m the king here.” “The new white kids. They run around naked in their apartments. They don’t put curtains up. They have no fear.”

6.22.09 17:30 / Tandem Bar (fashion photoshoot + benefit for local choreographer + bar)

6.23.09 17:00 /Location Shoot on Flushing and Wilson Ave.

6.26.09 9:50-11:40AM Meals on Wheels route through public housing with Angie and Jose “I’m a travelling person. I move around a lot. I want to move to Red Hook near more white people . . . I like the hippies.”


6.26.09 15:00 /Empty ESL classroom at Borinqueyen Plaza Senior Center “We used to have ESL classes, but our funding was cut. Now we’re storing equipment here.”

6.26.09 9:30 / The Cafeteria of Borinqueyen Plaza Senior Center “Every senior center has a reputation. We’re the rhowdy ones. And these are the troubles.”

6.26.09 11:30/ Lindsay Park Housing Co-Op bulletin board A great place to advertise community events!

6.26.09 12:30 Sternberg Park next to Lindsay Park Housing Co-Op - A place that several people at the Diana Jones Center identified as a postive, safe place and as important for arts and culture. - A cultural mapping intern from High Five - Genesis - reviewed a community festival there on 6/27.


What Shape is Buswick? Vol. 1  

Community-based research of artists, arts and community organizations and businesses in Bushwick, Brooklyn - a neighborhood in economic and...

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