In what is apparently an ever-increasing collective effort to prove that Bushwick still exists within the 1980s, an auto shop near Flushing and Bushwick Avenues was recently seized after the discovery that most of the cars were stolen and/or having their insides re-sold. The “auto repair shop” had long been operating under the guise of fixing people’s cars when what they were actually doing was stripping them down for parts and reselling them.
The Burning Bush spoke with a former “mechanic” from the shop, which never had a name in order to better stay off the scent of the police. Valdez Coche, a 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who claimed to have had no knowledge of the activities he was participating in insisted, “I thought I was extracting the parts to replace them with better ones. I didn’t know that they were being re-sold. My faith in New York has been shaken. I have trust issues because of this. I’m thinking of going into fashion like my fellow Dominicano, de la Renta. I got a job at Carrera’s in the meantime. I’m done with cars.” Neither the police officer responsible for the bust, Dale Biker, nor the owner of the shop, Ramon Amodrogas, could be reached for comment. But it looks like Bushwickians without insurance will have to start taking their vehicles someplace more legit for the moment.
Written by Genna Rivieccio