New Board Game, The Gentry, Inspired by Life in Bushwick Can Be Exclusively Played at Titty Tease

December 16, 2014 3 654 Bars, Gentrification, Hipster Commentary, News
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In Bushwick, something only holds cachet if it’s exclusive. That’s why a new Buwhsick-themed board game called The Gentry, invented by longtime unemployed resident, Felipe Tiempolibero, a 41-year-old who’s been living in the area for seventeen years, has become the talk of the town. Because the only copy of it available to play is at beloved bar Titty Tease, people have been lining up around the block to get a chance to play what’s been called by one bar patron, “almost better than the actual experience of living in Bushwick.”

Unlike the less involved, more generic Hipster Bingo, The Gentry hones in on the specific Bushwick experience

Unlike the less involved, more generic Hipster Bingo, The Gentry hones in on the specific Bushwick experience

When The Burning Bush asked Tiempolibero what his motivation was behind designing this game, he stated, “I was just getting so angry over all of the changes happening in the neighborhood. But then I thought, why not take a page from Lauryn Hill and develop a negative into a positive picture? Making fun of Bushwick’s demise was all I could do to keep from going on a murderous rampage. You could say my art saved me. I laughed to keep from crying.”

Do the Urkel was a loose inspiration for The Gentry

Do the Urkel was a loose inspiration for The Gentry

Creepy comments aside, Tiempolibero offers a plethora of distinct Bushwick experiences via this board game, dubbed The Gentry because “it’s a play on the word gentrification and then the actual definition of the word, meaning people who are rich and in a good social position.” Like Monopoly, losing at The Gentry involves losing your money and your social status, or worse, moving back a space on the board. Drawing dreaded cards like “Go back in time for a beer/shot at Wreck Room” or “Participate in Kings County’s Dating Game” invoke horror, while drawing beloved cards like “Claim one-month’s worth of free coffee at the neo-Nazi coffee shop” or “Start a fight with Penn Badgley,” instill pure delight. Yes, the ups and downs of The Gentry mirror modern life in Bushwick, so much so that you don’t even need to live here anymore.

Written by Genna Rivieccio

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