It’s been a long time coming. Sure, jokes have been made about it, but it’s really because one must always try to find humor in the truth. That’s right, Bushwickians, East New York has officially taken on its role as “the new Bushwick–but even edgier than before Bushwick was gentrified.”
So who is making these outrageous claims, you might demand? Atticus Artfull, the 35-year-old organizer of New Lots of Art, a creative market/display/outlet for East New Yorkers who think Bushwick is softer than Drake’s dick. Located off the New Lots Avenue stop, well past Broadway Junction, where few gentrifiers dare tread, New Lots of Art happens every weekday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a time frame deliberately designed to keep whitey out (because we all know he has to be in Midtown during those hours).
“It’s not that I want to exclude white people from what we’re doing here at New Lots of Art, it’s that I don’t want them making it ‘their thing.’ For now, I just want to keep it strictly neighborhood,” said Artfull. “None of that sanitized Bushwick Collective shit,” he concluded. And so, if you do dare to traverse into New Bushwick territory, keep you zip code (and your art) to yourself. This is about respecting East New York style. Though, let’s admit it, once the first bar and coffee shop opens over there, it’s all a sleigh ride into the current state of Bushwick–making it a free-for-all for priced out “artists” from Montrose to Wilson.
Written by Genna Rivieccio