The not so unspoken competitiveness between the Ridgewood and Bushwick DIY music scenes continues to intensify with a new outpost opening up in Ridgewood that features the word “Bushwick” in it. The owner of the location, Alexander Dualité, a 33-year-old who lived in Bushwick up to age 29 and has since retired to Ridgewood to avoid the curse of the thirty-something exodus, claims no intent in starting World War Three, but clearly has some sort of ploy in mind by calling his venue The Bushwick Music Scene…in Ridgewood.
“I just thought, you know, I wanted to maintain some of the Bushwick chutzpah I had in my youth even though I’m retired in Ridgewood from that lifestyle now. There’s no controversy intended to be started by the name I’ve given it,” assured Dualité. Others who have lived in Ridgewood for at least six months longer than Dualité tend to disagree.
House of Maybe event co-coordinator, Mickey Nimaj, is just one of many Bushwick-centric music enthusiasts who are livid about the name of the newest addition to Ridgewood. “What right does this man think he has to bequeath the sacred name of Bushwick upon a Ridgewood music venue? And, to boot, he’s ripping Bushwick off by allowing other arts events to go on there too. This is a clear-cut case of stylistic plagiarism. I hope an amp wire catches on fire and burns the place down,” seethed Nimaj. However, here at The Burning Bush, we wish nothing but the best for The Bushwick Music Scene…in Ridgewood.
Written by Genna Rivieccio