Jamaican Influence in Bushwick Takes An Unexpected Visual Turn

August 7, 2014 Comments Off on Jamaican Influence in Bushwick Takes An Unexpected Visual Turn 732 Immigration, News, Vernacular
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As you probably already know, there are a lot of foreigners in the Bushwick area. But what you may not have known is that an influx of Jamaicans has led to some strange occurrences in the neighborhood. In addition to an increase in the number head shops cropping up around Bogart Street and Bob Marley tees being sold at Beacon’s, The Burning Bush has also noticed that the Jamaicans have been trying to inflict their vernacular on us, too.

Jamaicans alter Morgan Avenue L sign to emulate their own vernacular

Jamaicans alter Morgan Avenue L sign to emulate their own vernacular

Tawna Melba was the first to notice the alteration of the Morgan Avenue sign on all of the pillars at the stop. She recounted her tale of woe to The Burning Bush, stating, “I’m always one of the first people awake in Bushwick. I’m usually at the L by 9:30am. So I know I was the first one to be horrified by the sight of what they’d done. I mean, I almost fucking burned myself with the coffee I’d just bought from Swallow–that’s how shocked I was.” What they‘d “done” was etch out all of the signs to read, “Mo gan Avenue, Manh.” No one is really quite sure what it means. Another white person, Anthony White, questioned to no one in particular, “Are we supposed to feel threatened by this? What are they trying to tell us?” The Burning Bush don’t care, so long as the head shops are here to stay.

Written by Genna Rivieccio

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