Last week, around 100 people added their stitches to the fabric map of Bushwick.  Mappers included 9-year-old students from Bushwick IMPACT, teachers and students from the Academy of Urban Planning (AUP) High School, attendees of Make the Road NY’s El Coqui Awards Party, and arts and crafters at the Diana H. Jones Senior Center.

Young mappers from Bushwick IMPACT locate their school and the places where they feel safest in their community.

So what did people stitch? Here are some highlights:
Kids and grown-ups alike marked Maria Hernandez Park and the intersection between Myrtle and Wycoff as the heart of the neighborhood.  Several kids marked both the Wycoff and Woodhull hospitals as safe places in their neighborhood.  One Williamsburg resident stitched gold strands to mark new condo construction along the East River as a place that is being gentrified.  A 9-year-old girl marked the BQE with a turquoise star, indicating it as a place where many different kinds of people come together.  An ESL teacher at AUP from Mexico sewed an orange star to mark the place where she has breakfast at a Mexian tamale stand as an important place for arts and culture.