Commonly Overheard in Bushwick is an occasional series we write whenever we hear something someone actually said on the streets or in the businesses of Bushwick. This is not to be confused with the Tumblr of a similar name.
In spite of how “white” Bushwick has gotten, this is not to say that it has lost its sense of multiculturalism–particularly with regard to the Spanish-speaking scene. In truth, it is probably likely that more Spanish is spoken within Bushwick’s parameters than English.
And so, it’s no wonder many whites like to feel as though they’re not totally overrunning the area by trying to familiarize themselves with as many key Spanish phrases as possible. That’s why walking down Bushwick Avenue near the Montrose stop, one isn’t taken aback by hearing a girl instruct her friend, “Soy un alcohólico. That means I’m an alcoholic.”
So every time Domincans and Puerto Ricans balk at another Caucasian making his or her way into the neighborhood, just remember that at least they’re assimilating to the language. And so are most local businesses, to boot.
Written by Genna Rivieccio