While Bushwick suffers from pervasive signs of gentrification, it doesn’t mean the streets are any cleaner. Case in point is the omnipresent amounts of glass that pepper the sidewalks of such famed streets as Flushing Avenue and Wyckoff Street. It’s hard to know where this glass really comes from–is it the residual trappings of an alcoholic neighborhood leaving their bottles for dead or does it stem from the rage of being a struggling artist and throwing yourself out a window that’s part of the many glass piles?
The Burning Bush probed deeper to find that all this glass was, in fact, coming from a much more ominous origin indeed. After talking to a few different sources, we traced a recent batch of glass shards to the Edge condo in Williamsburg. After discovering the responsible tenant, Bougay Nobwick, a 34-year-old originally from the Upper West Side (among other psychos like Lady Gaga), The Burning Bush followed him around with a camera (we haven’t got much going on in our lives) and saw him repeatedly dump massive amounts of high quality, extra sharp glass (some of it stained) out of the back of his Ferrari.
After the sixth time of witnessing him do this, The Burning Bush popped out from behind a mound of beer cans and demanded, “Why are you doing this?” He said simply, “To prove that Williamsburg is better than Bushwick.” We burst out laughing and replied, “Okay Bougay. You go ahead and keep your streets clean. It doesn’t make Williamsburg any better.” He then digressed into Scooby Doo tongues and said, “I would have gotten away with it too. If it wasn’t for you kids.”
Written by Genna Rivieccio