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Watch the I ♡ Bushwick Music Video here!

Thank you Spencer Brown + Stephanie Pereira of Eyebeam!


This SUNDAY 12-3 PM – 11.22.09 at Chez Bushwick!

Let’s be early!
Let’s get ready for 2010 starting Sunday!
Let’s use our data to activate collaborative projects!
Let’s look at common challenges across demographics!

Come for a CAPITAL B open town meeting focusing on neighborhood
and how we can build collaborative strategies to take them on in 2010.

Join us at Chez Bushwick’s studio for brunch and a strategy session.

Results from our community needs survey and fabric mapping will be shared
as the basis for small group discussions and joint action plans.

Please RSVP so I know how many croissants to buy!
Looking forward to seeing you all very soon!
at Chez Bushwick
304 Boerum Street, Buzzer 11

A sunny studio and brunch treats await you!

Thank you!

TAKE ACTION! to protect NYC’s water sources today.

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The Bushwick Community Board is voting on taking a resolution that hydrofrakking be banned; that meeting will take place on November 18 at 6pm-9pm at Hope Gardens Senior Center at 195 Linden St. Brooklyn, NY 11221

And City-Wide:

November 10 Rally & Public Hearing in NYC
Send a message to Governor Paterson and NYS DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis that the people of New York want their drinking water to remain safe from the highly toxic chemicals used by the gas extraction industry.  It is time for the State to come to the same realization as Audrey McClendon of Chesapeake Energy that New York City’s (as well as the state’s) water would be damaged by gas drilling.  We deserve DEC regulations and NYS legislation that will guarantee the protection of all New Yorkers from the ravages of gas drilling. Sign the petition here.

Why Speak Out?

The State of New York is ready to give the green light to the gas extraction industry via its proposed new regulations, the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York City
5 pm – Kill the Drill Rally
6:30 pm – DEC Public Hearing (sign up to speak 5:30 pm)
The Kill the Drill Rally is being organized by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and has been endorsed by NYH2O and a long list of environmental groups and elected officials. For more information, click here.
The hearing is one of four across the state sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to obtain public input regarding the draft SGEIS, see details here.
This is your opportunity to tell the Governor and DEC that our water is far more valuable than gas.  There is a five-minute time limit for speakers, but written comments can be submitted as well. Find instructions to send them below.

Send Written Comments to the NYS DEC:

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, the State has set a December 31, 2009 deadline for submitting comments on the draft SGEIS.  Send written comments to:
Attn: dSGEIS Comments
Bureau of Oil & Gas Regulation
NYSDEC Division of Mineral Resources
625 Broadway, Third Floor, Albany, NY 12233-6500.
The DEC website will allow you to provide comments within an online form, tag them to a specific area within the SGEIS, and provide attachments here.
For information on emailing comments visit the DEC website.
To join NYH2O and become part of the movement to save New York’s water resources, go to



rally + research!


Over the last several years, during the housing boom, NYC saw the rapid development of luxury condominiums; many in neighborhoods where low-income people live.  Oftentimes, this type of development has led to gentrification and displacement of low-income people that have lived in these communities for years.  Due to the current economic crisis, many of these luxury condominiums are now vacant, while others are stalled in construction. Despite all of this new construction, the number of units that are affordable for low- to middle-income families has decreased precipitously. From 2002 to 2005, the city lost more than 205,000 units affordable to the typical household.   Accordingly, NYC is left with many vacant units of housing but these units are not available or affordable to those most in need of housing.

The Condo Count
Right to the City-NYC (RTTC-NYC) organizations have been walking the streets of 298 census tracts located in 9 different Community Districts to document the true extent of the problem posed by empty condos and stalled construction in low-income communities. RTTC-NYC organizations are actively working with the communities in which we are canvassing. All the Community Districts are located in the following areas: Downtown Brooklyn, Bushwick, the Lower East Side, the West Village, Harlem and the South Bronx.

To help RTTC-NYC members locate new construction sites that potentially met our criteria, RTTC-NYC worked closely with the Furman Center to map out the location of every building that has received a building permit between the years of 2004-2008 within our target neighborhoods. In addition to the sites that had received a building permit, RTTC-NYC members documented any building that was:
•    Residential and;
•    Newly constructed; or
•    Newly renovated; or
•    Fully built but did not appear to be lived in; or
•    Not fully constructed and construction seems to have stopped.

RTTC-NYC, with support from the Furman Center, is also collecting the following information about the buildings found through our canvass:
•    Owner of building
•    Developer of building
•    Building type
•    Tax class
•    Total number of units/total number of vacant units
•    Total number of bedrooms
•    Price of units on the market
•    Number of days listed on the market

Field Findings: By walking the streets in our target neighborhoods, RTTC-NYC has been able to identify vacant condos and stalled construction sites that have not been accounted for by the city, the media, or by other means.
A More Complete Picture: In additional to our field findings and secondary research, RTTC-NYC has conducted a comprehensive review of existing data on vacant and stalled condominiums in NYC.  We have found that the information available to be very incomplete.  For example, our research has uncovered dozens of potentially stalled or abandoned construction projects that are not included on the official list made available by NYC’s Department of Buildings. Likewise, no thorough review has been done to determine where vacant condos are located in the city and how many there are.
Impact on Low-Income Communities: Our research is specifically targeting low-income neighborhoods to determine how these vacant condos and stalled construction sites are affecting these communities.  After completing this research, we hope to work with the city to convert many of these empty condos into truly affordable housing for the low-income communities in which they’re located.

Bushwick Brooklyn 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.

Bushwick: A Snapshot
•    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 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:

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 “stalled construction sites” within Bushwick.

Condos in Google Earth

A map of condominiums recently built, under development, or stalled in Bushwick.

In collaboration with Make the Road NY’s Youth Power
– Bushwick Research About Gentrification Committee and Right to the City.

Stay posted for research results + a video + upcoming actions!

The City has announced new, exciting opportunities to strengthen the arts workforce, utilize City properties for creative endeavors and promote arts clusters. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in conjunction with the Department of Cultural Affairs, has released four RFPs for which your organization may be eligible. More detail is below, and the full RFPs can be found at The press release can be found at

Curate New York City – Deadline: November 9

The Curate New York City program is one of two initiatives aimed at showcasing the work of artists in New York City. The program will work with an arts organization to identify visual artists and provide them with gallery space in City properties. Exhibition space includes: St. George Minor League Baseball Stadium on Staten Island, Essex Street Market and NYCEDC in Manhattan, and Fulton Ferry Landing and Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) in Brooklyn.

New York City Performs – Deadline: November 9

NYC Performs focuses on introducing performing artists, including musical and dramatic artists, to wider audiences. In partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, artists will stage performances at City properties across the five boroughs including: St. George Esplanade on Staten Island, Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, West Harlem Piers Park in Manhattan, 161 Street Passive Pier in the Bronx, and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. NYCEDC will work with a cultural organization to identify performing artists and stage performances.

Promoting Arts Clusters – Deadline: November 16

NYCEDC has created a program to promote New York City neighborhood arts clusters. The program will encourage local arts organizations to collaborate with local businesses and their Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to spur economic activity via marketing campaigns and tourist incentives. NYCEDC will provide two $25,000 awards to match the arts clusters program. Artist as Entrepreneur – Deadline: November 16 The City’s Artist as Entrepreneur program aims to equip New York’s artists with the business and management skills they need to successfully market their work. The program has two phases. In the first phase, artists attend an intensive 5-day “boot camp’ in which they develop business plans for their work and learn to use financial, marketing, and management tools to further their careers. The training course will be provided by a educational provider. In the second phase, graduates of the training program are eligible to apply in an Artist Studio Program that grants access to affordable studio space and a network of artists at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (“BAT”). The Artist Studio Program is operated by Chashama, Inc.

CAPITAL B wants to better understand:

– How the arts impact the quality of life and the economy of Bushwick
– How  access to affordable work and live space has changed in the past 5 years
– What areas of neighborhood life need the most improvement


Please take 5 minutes to take the survey here, in English or Spanish!
Share the link with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues too.
The deadline to fill it out is 10/15.

The results will shape CAPITAL B’s work in the year to come
and help us to effectively build lasting partnerships between the arts community, long-term
residents, and neighborhood organizations.

Thank you so much!

CAPITAL B and the ZANDL GROUP are very happy to host a free arts marketing workshop with the nationally acclaimed marketing guru Donna Walker-Kuhne!

Cafe Orwell
Join us for a hands-on marketing workshop to create or polish marketing plans! No matter how small or large your art product is, we all need a roadmap. Please bring your notes, outline or plan and we will review and enhance to create simple action steps designed to accomplish your marketing goals.  RSVP on Facebook.

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 ♡.