Bushwick is always a battlefield: whether you’re fighting for a space at the bar or for a room the size of a butter pat in someone’s apartment, life ’round these parts remains cutthroat. But lately, Bushwickians have been craving a slice of the old old Bushwick life–we’re talking pre-2010.
With the commemoration of the Battle of Long Island coming up (sometimes called the Battle of Brooklyn by those who realize that Brooklyn and Long Island are the same territory), residents have been presented with the perfect opportunity to fight over something of more, shall we say, substance. While George Washington’s Continental Army was defeated on that fateful day in August 1776, giving the Brits momentary control over NYC, Bushwickian re-enactors are lending the battle their own personal spin.
“Not only are we going to dress a bit more…modern, but we’re also going to make this battle more about the one that’s going on between Bushwick and Ridgewood,” stated Helmer Falsehistorymaker, the 29-year-old organizer of the event. “For people expecting a more ‘traditional’ re-enactment, well, that’s just not quite what we’re about. We still need to have, you know, like, coolers of beer and sandwiches to fortify us.” The faux battle will take place tomorrow at the Myrtle-Wyckoff crossroads, where some say the palpable shift between Bushwick and Ridgewood territory can be instantly felt.
Written by Genna Rivieccio