An opus on the state of Bushwick in 2016.
Eric Austin is the punk rock proprietor of Williamsburg establishments The Grand Bar and Grill, Second Chance Saloon and the venue The Acheron. If there’s something that Eric loves, it’s telling stories, and he’s got a lot of great ones – many of them not fit to print here, though we tried.
I’d like to take a minute to reply to the Wall Street Journal article “Brooklyn Before the Hipsters” on July 4th, 2013 – Independence Day. It was Gilbert Gottfried grade business propaganda.
This Memorial Day weekend, specifically 8pm on May 25, at Bushwick’s own Acheron – the home of the second coming of CBGB’s according to them – we’ll be hosting some of Brooklyn’s talented emerging women in rock n’ roll at our showcase: The Grrrlie Show.
Liz Godoy’s latest musical endeavor is a new LP under the guise of The Tablets, songs written by her, and co-produced with partner and collaborator the musician and producer Brenden Beu (Male Bonding, Pissed Jeans, o’death). This mélange of 60s garage infused new wave noise shoe-gaze sounds like a lot of things you want to hear, all at once.
Throughout the five-boroughs, the aliens leveled all apartments, condos, townhouses, brownstones, high-rises, and houses systematically with top-of the line laser death-rays. Afterward, new buildings were constructed, and nearly everyone was relocated to a new apartment; a 10-foot by 10-foot living space with an incredibly low ceiling and a sliver of a window. That is, except for a few railroad apartments in Bushwhick.
At a local meeting on crime, the message was clear: citizens, engage your community and get involved or these tough times will only get worse.
What are the cops in your neighborhood up to? In the past 30 days, there have been 21 homicides in New York City – 29 less than the same period last year. Twelve of the homicides in the past 30 days took place in Brooklyn. Specifically Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill – and it’s clear that more officers are on the streets of Crown Heights these days after a summer punctuated by the sound of gunshots.
The Secret Garden – its actual name – is part of the Linden-Bushwick Community Garden, is one of hundreds of community gardens in Brooklyn that has the potential to nourish its community both nutritionally and mentally.
In fiscal year 2009, 311 records indicate Brooklyn had 4,042 complaints of bed bugs and 1,729 violations. These numbers place Brooklyn first among all boroughs in number of complaints, with over 50% more complaints than the next closest borough, Manhattan. Dr. Louis Sorkin, a bed bug expert and entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History, thinks the City should offer its residents more education on preventing the spread of these tiny terrors. Here’s the scoop on what to do if you find yourself with these unwanted house guests.