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Watch the I ♡ Bushwick Music Video here!

Thank you Spencer Brown + Stephanie Pereira of Eyebeam!


As part of AIB’s one-day festival, BETA Spaces, the Youth Culture Lab carted a wishing-tree cart from Roberta’s Pizzeria on Moore Street – the new-comer, thin-crust variety popular among the artist crowd – to Fortunata’s Pizzeria on Knickerbocker – the old school sicilian and pizza-by-the-slice sanctuary perfect for after-school snacks and quick lunch-time treat.

Amanda Cordero and I paraded the P-2-P stroll, stopping along the way to talk to BETA space art-gawkers, mechanics working on a Sunday, kids and parents populating Maria Hernandez Park’s playgrounds, and of course, hungry pizza eaters!

Our cart consisted of miniature trees, paper leaves cut in the shape of Bushwick, NYC condoms and fortune cookies donated by the  Wonton Food Company (the largest manufacturer of noodles, cookies and dumpling wrappers, and also our neighbor!).   We invited people to write a wish for the community on one of the Bushwick leaves to hang on our wishing tree.  In exchange, they received a cookie or a condom or both!

Special thanks to Eyebeam student residents for their wishing tree pop-up designs! And thanks to Deanne Ziadie-Nemitz for help with wish compilation!

Check out the Flickr Set + Google Map + read the wishes below (some were collected on the P2P walk and others at the I ♡Bushwick event by the Eyebeam genius resident event designers:

Neighborhood Safety

For more toys for the playground  and more  security
More Security
No over-dosing -13 year old
No bad people anywhere -11 years 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
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
Bushwick had a healthier better food.

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
All the love and support and goodness concentrated lives today and extends

Food + Recreation

Fresh affordable veggies
For a coffee shop 2  blocs 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.
That low income Bushwick residents did not have to fear being pushed/priced out of their homes
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

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!

BETA Spaces (Bushwick Exhibition Triangle of Alternative Spaces)
Sunday, November 8, 2009, 12-7pm
Beta Spaces
CAPITAL B will be roving around Maria Hernandez Park from 3-5PM with our wishing tree cart – Make a wish for Bushwick, take a fortune cookie + learn about the history of Bushwick’s forests!
Wishing Tree Cart

Arts in Bushwick is pleased to present BETA Spaces, a one-day festival of independently curated, collaborative group exhibitions.
Now in its third year, BETA Spaces promotes and facilitates open dialogue among curators, artists and visitors. The free, one-day festival features hundreds of artists in over thirty curated shows. The festival takes place in approximately ten square blocks of industrial, post-industrial, commercial and residential buildings, permitting a wide range of alternative exhibition spaces including lofts, studios, galleries, street corners, restaurants, retail stores and radio stations.  This dense yet varied geographic plan furnishes visitors with an easily accessible and highly informative trajectory through a neighborhood bustling with creative enthusiasm and collaborative pursuits.
BETA Spaces is a non-traditional art festival: its framework of presenting curated thematic group exhibitions is designed to encourage conceptual integrity and interdisciplinary elasticity. Artists and curators are challenged to recontextualize their efforts and envision art works outside the white box environment of the commercial art world, or the in-process setting of an open studio. Due to the shared parameters and collaborative underpinnings of participation, the festival itself functions as a “group show” of an energetic and vibrant neighborhood. From glimpses of Bushwick’s varied histories to rooftop views, local politics to mixed-media performances, BETA Spaces offers visitors an array of options for engagement, immersion and entertainment.
Special events include a panel on public art production at Lumenhouse (47 Beaver Street) at 1pm, and the BETA Spaces After Party at Page Not Found (76 Jefferson Street), which will give visitors and artists a space to unwind and discuss the events of the day (7pm – midnight). Arts in Bushwick is also excited to partner with 3rd Ward’s Moviehouse (95 Morgan Avenue), which will screen films from 7 – 9pm.

A giant GRACIAS to everyone who celebrated
on Sunday!


Rains did not stop recycled art production, hydroponic planting, cultural remix open-faced sandwiches, bag stitching, wishing trees, walking history, green theater dreams, friends of the public library, DJ Dancey Pants, dancers, culture mappers + much more from transforming the Chez Bushwick studio into a tremendously gorgeous pop-up-inddor-block party.

THANK YOU to our SUPER DELUXE ♡ contributors:

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

PLEASE  email us your photos to
+ we will add them to the CAPITAL B Flickr set + Eyebeam’s Flickr set!
And check out Michael Hart’s fabulous photos here!

CAPITAL B thanks our local business
+ culinary contributors

Angel’s Fruit Market (for a case of nectarines)
272 Knickerbocker Avenue
Associated Market (for all sorts of super, supermarket essentials)
229 Knickerbocker Avenue
Boars Head (for cheese, mustard, sour kraut + pesto-mayo!)
24 Rock Street
C-Town (for drinks!)
Circo’s Bakery (for a tray of irresistible Italian biscotti!)
328 Knickerboker Avenue
Fortunatas (for pepperoni bites!)
305 Knickerbocker Avenue
Gaby’s Bakery
(for 100 heart-shaped cookies)
238 Knickerbocker Avenue
Kelso of Brooklyn
(for the barley bags from which we stitched cushions!)
Olive Valley (for pita, pita, pita!)
43 Bogart Avenue
La Orquidea Mexican Food Market (for tortillas, limes, beans and spices!)
268 Knickerbocker Avenue
Pica Pica
(for that famous Dominican chicken in that sauce everyone keeps talking about!)
392 Broadway
Mi Bella Dama (for more chicken that was eaten up in seconds!)
296 Knickerbocker Avenue
Northeast Kingdom (for a deluxe cheese + salami platter + bread!)
18 Wycoff Avenue

Roberta’s Pizza (for perfect baguettes!)
261 Moore Street
Trinity Farm Stand (for the perfect fall apples!)
Visit them on Saturdays at Maria Hernandez Park
Wonton Food Company (for 1,750 fortune cookies!)
222 Moore Street

WE SAY CHEERS our extreme
event decorators + pop-up artists

EYEBEAM education coordinator: Stephanie Pereira
EYEBEAM student residents: Luther Cherry, Jade Highleyman, Caroline Spivack, Zoe Baker, Spencer Brown

WE SALUTE our gorgeous event documentarians

PHOTO: Michael Hart
VIDEO: Spencer Brown + Stephanie Pereira

We SHOUT OUT to our amazing volunteers
+ donation-helpers

Lia McPherson + Amy Ramirez + Chloe Bass + Chris Henderson + Hannah Cloepfil + Lise Brenner + Maria Belen Galallaga + Eric Ost + Amanda Cordero + Genesis Henriquez + Wanda Gala + Shriya Malhotra + Udai Malhotra + Pedros + Carizma Pinney + Wander Castillo + Michael Sheriff + Daniel Arsham’s Truck!

We THROW FLOWERS at the feet of our fabulous performers

Jonah Bokaer + Michelle Mola + Davon Rainey

And GRACIAS GUAPA to Christina Kral
of the NSA Test Kitchen

for her extreme snackitecture, culinary-cultural remix sandwiches:
It blew our minds!

Gracias a todos por su ayuda con una
celebración INCREIBLE!

Thank you + let’s keep nourishing the ♡.


Yo Bushwick is a neighborhood celebration that will take place in one of the hearts of the community  – Maria Hernandez Park.  The event is free and open to the public, and invites Bushwick’s diverse residents, organizations and small businesses to collaborate and contribute to a day of outdoor activities, performances and installations that engage the public to have fun, to learn, and to celebrate the best of the neighborhood.

How can I contribute to the ?
Individuals, organizations, businesses and all our neighbors are invited to propose artistic, cultural, educational and recreational activities.  The goal is to offer interactive and informative activities that offer opportunities for community building and fun. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH by 5PM.

We are looking specifically for activities + installations around the following neighborhood themes:

– Personal + Environmental HEALTH
–  HOUSING rights
– Local FOOD +Urban FARMING
– LABOR rights
– TRASH + recycling
– SAFETY + the police
– COMMUNITY building + COLLABORATION + communication

To submit a proposal, please email us the following info:

1. Project Name (optional)
2. Name(s) of lead contact
3. Name of affiliated Organization/Business/School/Group
4. Website
5. Activity Description [What will  you do? Who is your audience?] (50 words max.)
6. How does it relate to one of the community themes? (50 words max.)
7.  What kind of space and logistical requirements will you have?
8.  Would you like us to help you partner with an artist/arts organization? If so, please specify what you’re looking for.
9.  Anything else you’d like us to know?

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, September 4th, by 5PM.
Email your proposal to
Any Questions? Call 347.421.3817.

You will be contacted by September 9th regarding logistics and any questions we may have.

Thank you!
And we look forward to reviewing your ♥ proposals.

Christina Kral and Adriana Young
Co-Artistic Directors

Youth Culture Mappers Masha Gindler and Amanda Cordero interview Gabi of Bushwick’s own Putting Lot – 12 Wyckoff Avenue.  Here’s a clip of the interview and you can read their review here!

Last Sunday, we invited Knickerbocker block party goers to sew into the fabric map.

Sewers ranged from young photographers and graphic designers to a family recently arrived from Puebla, Mexico, to the children, nephews and nieces of the caretaker of a nearby church.

A big conversation topic that wove across different demographics was rising rents.

Two long-time residents, Lorena and Emma, who have lived in the area around Maria Hernandez Park for over 25 years, complained that they are being pressured by their landlord to move out, “I’m not bad for society.  My only crime is that I pay low rent.”  The landlord would like to replace them with new, higher paying tenants, but Lorena and Emma have raised their children in their neighborhood and have no plans to leave. They see their church as a place where everyone from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds come together.  They are working with the priest there and with Make the Road NY to organize for tenant rights and to advocate for legal reforms that prevent credit card and loan companies from taking advantage of the poor.

The event was beautifully organized by the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Center and Arts in Bushwick, and you can read more about it in Aaron Short’s article in here!

And thank you to our new intern, Dani Garcia for volunteering!