While some Bushwickians may have been hoping and praying for their Hasidic landlords to be diverted from cashing their rent checks promptly at the beginning of this month, no such luck has been afforded. In the face of snow flurries, black ice and winter storms with names like Linus, Bushwick landlords have been unstoppable in their determination to make it to the bank and cash that check that you probably spent sixty hours a week at a service job trying to make enough.
One such unfortunate rent-paying Bushwickian, Haim Hardluck, a full-time cashier at Altered Imagez and part-time bouncer at Pumps, told The Burning Bush, “I really thought all this shitty weather would keep my landlord from getting to the bank in a timely fashion. Most people don’t like to leave their house if they have the option not to in this weather. But I guess Mordecai didn’t give a fuck.” Mordecai Edelman, the landlord of Hardluck’s building–and countless others throughout Bushwick–offered, “Why wait? My grandmother always said, ‘Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.'”
This go-getting initiative with regard to cashing rent checks has left many Bushwickians up Money-Needing Creek without a paddle. “I thought Mordecai would wait until at least after the 5th to deposit my cash. Now I have zero drinking funds,” waxed LaToya Strapped, an entertainer who works with Hardluck at Pumps. Needless to say, most other Bushwickians feel just the same, cursing the fact that February is such a short month and they must come up with another rent check soon enough for March.
Written by Genna Rivieccio