As most know by now, there has been terrifying news of recent attacks of women in Bushwick. Though the number of occurrences seem to vary depending on which source you read, there is no denying the seriousness of this matter. Of course the typical rules of safety need to be followed by residents of the hood: travel in groups, be wary of your surroundings, don't going wandering around wasted in the middle of the night, and so on. We at the Bushwick Dream would also suggest taking some ass-kicking lessons. Luckily there are a number of places that provide self defense courses in the vicinity. Just blocks away from the area of the recent attacks are two studios; one that teaches Traditional Okinawan Karate and another, Ving Tsun Kung Fu. Ladies, study up and if anyone ever messes with you, knock them the fuck out.
It has been quite a while since the Factory Fresh Gallery has opened it's doors to Bushwick. For nearly a year the future of FF, one of the neighborhood's flagship galleries, was up in the air as owner Ali Ha worked to bring the beloved gallery back from the brink (even amid Bushwick Daily's premature and oddly confrontational declaration of the gallery's demise). It is certainly official that we will no longer be able to enjoy FF's street art offerings but now the question is; what will fill the space of the once cultural hub of our neighborhood? Most have assumed that the corner storefront would host yet another trendy bar or restaurant. Happily we can report, that is not the case. At this very moment the location is abuzz with activity as the former gallery takes on it's new role; a full fledge art store! We are very excited it see such an offering in the neighborhood, as they join the ranks of Low Brow Artique to locally supply the tools and supplies for creative expression. These are the types of businesses we need in the hood to keep Bushwick Bushwick.
(photo of the new space, taken under the rolling gate; all ninja style)
This morning the Factory Fresh Gallery send out an email discussing their current state of affairs:
"As of October 2012, Factory Fresh will no longer host a public space, instead we are working with our artist on a larger global scale. As our artist careers have grown so have their opportunities. We have found they and many other artist need our help to protect their rights and future careers as artists. Factory Fresh advises and consults corporate clients and private collectors as an advocate for the artists bringing urban art to their collections and projects."
They were also nice enough to include a sneak peek photo of the new art store coming soon:
Video thanks to local artist and resident Oliver Warden
Hurricane Sandy is upon us. For those of you hiding indoors from the wind and rain, that still have power, please enjoy some weather related music to go with your booze.(You do have booze, don't you?)
The grand renovation at Associated Grocery on Knickerbocker has been quite awesome so far, introducing wider isles, a growing selection, growlers, and an overall improvement in atmosphere. It seems that the one thing they are missing so far though is waterproofing. The rainfall yesterday (09-18-12) was quick to prove that, as the brand new roof gave way to water. Giant rifts began appearing in the vaulted ceilings above the produce section and all over the store tiles began drooping and falling out; the floor soon became littered with containers catching the torrents of water falling from above. Somebody better call the contractor!
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.
As many of you may already know, Associated Grocery; located on Knickerbocker, is undergoing a major reformation. The interior of the place has already been recently renovated beyond recognition with wider isles, vaulted ceilings, and an ongoing introduction of new products. This is a major step past the initial grocery gentrification they enacted years ago. The most exciting part of the Associated reboot is the introduction of Growlers, and by Growlers we mean large refillable beer containers, as opposed to the Urban Dictionary definition. You can purchase a 64oz Growler there for $5.50 or bring your own. Their beer selection is quite nice and affordable. Happy drinking.
For those of you that didn't make it out last Friday (08-10-12), here are some shots of the neighborhood art goings-ons of the evening. Firstly the fine folks at Storefront Gallery unveiled a collection of atmospheric work by artists Karen Marston and Kerry Law.
And then there was the Salon Show opening at Active Space, displaying a wide array of art covering what seems like nearly every medium, including a horse!
Why are you here?
I do a lot of things. I throw culinary parties and I'm a local artist, filmmaker and actor. (He made those pillows in the background).
What are the borders of Bushwick?
Awwwwwwwww...... I think the border extends to..... ohhhhh ohhhoho...... Williamsburg, ummm, to be honest, I'm bullshitting here, but I thought that it was Williamsburg because people would call "Williamsburg" "Bushwick" back in the day and now there's all these delineations, whatever, it's all bullshit. But at the end of the day as it stands right now it starts at the Morgan stop...NO wait the Montrose stop that would be a key point. There's Grand.... go down Bushwick Avenue..... okay Bushwick Avenue has got be a wall by most people's standards these days and I think it goes all the way out into infinity, uh, east and then it stops before you hit Bed-Stuy and you hit a wall at Bed-Stuy I'm going to say, oh God, not after Broadway, but not after.....uhhhhh.... East Broadway but.... oHHHH I DONT KNOW!!!!!!!!!
What is your weapon of choice?
It's gotta be a hand grenade.
Last Friday night (08-03) was humid as fuck. A thick wind blew carrying the sound of motorcycles and random sirens in the air. People were abuzz in the streets going who-the-hell-knows where, hurrying along in tank tops and flip flops as is there was a beach somewhere near. Armed with cheap beer, a boom box and flood lights, we were up above on a roof with the pleasure of chilling with artist Jon Burgerman as he took on a rooftop mural. Check out the photos and video below of the man as he puts down a frenzy of intertwined cartoonish characters. What you see here is just phase 1. Next is filling in the color.
And also, if you happened to miss it, here's the video: