As a constant trailblazer of weird furniture and interior design trends, Bushwick often feels the need to top itself in absurdity. So it’s no great source of astonishment that residents have decided to take their living room furniture to the streets. The Burning Bush spoke to one of the first people to make this audacious interior design move, Rhoda Sofastein.
“Not only did I think this would be a great way to innovate in the world of Bushwick interior design, but I also knew it was going to be a means for promoting a stronger sense of community,” Sofastein noted. Indeed, this new trend has certainly brought quite a few unlikely people together. For instance, Aaron Randomann, a drug dealer from South Florida, befriended Laurie Pristine, an ex-Mormon from Utah, as a result of sitting next to her on one of the couches placed outside on Bogart Street.
However, the trend took a turn for the macabre after a 22-year-old girl was raped and murdered “Like A Prayer” style on one of the couches near Melrose Street (we’re still hoping for a show called Melrose Street, by the way). Whether or not this will affect the popularity of the trend will probably depend on the frequency of these late night rapes. As usual, The Burning Bush will keep you posted.
Written by Genna Rivieccio