After an event put on called Phony Island to benefit The Performing Animal Welfare Society on Saturday, a large portion of Bushwickians are seriously rethinking their Brooklyn zip code. With appearances by Scumbags & Superstars, Famous in Bushwick and more, the spectacle included bearded ladies, contortionists, clowns and magicians.
Mary J. Oblige, the 29-year-old in charge of curating Phony Island, stated, “It was only my intention to give Bushwick a taste of Coney Island without them having to schlep to it on the Q train. You know Bushwickians are averse to the Q train.” But what Oblige didn’t bargain for was just how into the Coney Island vibe local residents would be.
“I was almost in tears when it was over. It made me want to move to La Isla Conita right away. Not only is the rent cheaper, but the sense of community and down-home vibe is just so much better than the scene here,” noted longtime Bushwick resident Wren Stumpy, a server at Forrest Point. Stumpy isn’t alone in his sentiments. The day after Phony Island, there was a marked spike in Craig’s List searches for apartments in Bensonhurst. Will the mass migration begin in time for the Mermaid Parade?
Written by Genna Rivieccio