36 episodes

Local stories for a strong community. Tune in for the latest from Bushwick, a rapidly changing Brooklyn neighborhood exploding with arts, activism, and entrepreneurship.

Bushwick Podcast Heritage Radio Network

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    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Local stories for a strong community. Tune in for the latest from Bushwick, a rapidly changing Brooklyn neighborhood exploding with arts, activism, and entrepreneurship.

    How to Spend a Million Dollars

    How to Spend a Million Dollars

    "It’s our season finale, and we’re closing out the year with a look at one of the most quietly radical movements gaining momentum in Bushwick, and across the city: a program that allows members of the community to directly determine how their tax dollars are spent.

    This week, we’re diving into the world of Participatory Budgeting with the office of City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso.

    AFTER THE EPISODE:

    We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Jennifer and Councilmember Reynoso for helping to open up Participatory Budgeting process to even more people in the community.

    To learn more about Participatory Budgeting across the city, head to the City Council’s PB page (https://council.nyc.gov/pb/). If you’re interested in getting involved with PB in Bushwick, you can visit the PB pages for the neighborhood’s City Councilmembers: Antonio Reynoso (https://council.nyc.gov/antonio-reynoso/pb/9/) and Rafael Espinal (https://council.nyc.gov/rafael-espinal/pb/9/).

    We’d of course, also like to thank you so much for joining us this week, and throughout this season. None of this would be possible without your support. We’ll be taking a brief break before returning this Fall, with more of Bushwick’s incredible stories. But in the meantime, we’d love to know what you’re interested in hearing, and how we can do better. Get in touch by emailing us at hello@hearbushwick.com, or by DM’ing us on our instagram (https://www.instagram.com/bushwickpodcast/). We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’ll see you soon."

    • 37 min
    The Gradient Wants You

    The Gradient Wants You

    One of the key trends to emerge as Bushwick changes is the importance of space; who has it, who’s welcome in it, and what they can use it for. With rents increasing across the neighborhood, spaces where people can gather and organize are becoming rarer, and more critical—and some businesses see an opportunity to offer communities a home.

    This week, we sat down with the team behind a new Bushwick venue that invites anyone in the neighborhood to come, and be themselves.

    AFTER THE EPISODE

    We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Melissa, Sheena, Chelsea, and The Gradient team for taking us behind the scenes of these early days at the venue.

    If you’re interested in learning more about or working with The Gradient, you can visit their website (https://www.thegradientbk.com), or get in touch by email (letsdrink@thegradientbk.com) or Instagram DM (https://www.instagram.com/thegradientbk/).

    We’d of course, also like to thank you so much for joining us this week. We’ll be back with another story you won’t want to miss, but in the meantime, we’d love to know what you’re interested in hearing, and how we can do better. Get in touch by emailing us at hello@hearbushwick.com, or by DM’ing us on our instagram (https://www.instagram.com/bushwickpodcast/). We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’ll see you soon.

    • 25 min
    The Battle 4 Bushwick

    The Battle 4 Bushwick

    Few things are as consequential to the changes happening across Bushwick as zoning laws—the rules that say what can be built and where, here in the neighborhood. Today, Bushwick is being considered for what’s called a “rezoning,” the city’s formal process for changing those rules.

    Everyone from city government officials to local non-profit leaders, seems to have a different opinion on what those new rules should look like. But one group in the neighborhood is attempting to stop the process altogether, before it can change the face of the community.

    This week, we sat down with one of the leaders behind a group fighting to take control of Bushwick’s destiny from the city’s bureaucracy, and put it into the hands of the community.

    AFTER THE EPISODE

    We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Nancy and the Mi Casa team for sharing more about their work around one of the most consequential discussions happening in the neighborhood today.

    If you’re interested in getting involved with Mi Casa No Es Su Casa, or learning about how you can get involved in the broader movement around rezoning, you can get in touch by email (micasanoessucasanyc@gmail.com), or via DM on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/micasaresiste/).

    We’d of course, also like to thank you so much for joining us this week. We’ll be back with another story you won’t want to miss, but in the meantime, we’d love to know what you’re interested in hearing, and how we can do better. Get in touch by emailing us at hello@hearbushwick.com, or by DM’ing us on our instagram (https://www.instagram.com/bushwickpodcast/). We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’ll see you soon.

    • 37 min
    Niche, Nostalgia, and Novelty

    Niche, Nostalgia, and Novelty

    Here in Bushwick, it’s that time of year again: Bodegas have stocked up on pumpkins, clubs are full of costumes even more spectacular than usual, and a certain spookiness fills the air. Halloween is nearly upon us.

    For last year’s holiday, we met with Eugene J, the mad scientist behind Bushwick’s year-round celebration of all things sweet, surprising, and Halloweeny, the Eugene J Candy Company. This year, we wanted to know: What’s he got in store for the neighborhood now?

    This week, we reconnected with Eugene at the height of the halloween season to learn more about how he satisfies Bushwick’s sweet tooth during the biggest candy celebration of the year.

    • 30 min
    Improving the World Through the Lens of Food

    Improving the World Through the Lens of Food

    Before each episode of Bushwick Podcast, you hear a message from an organization called Heritage Radio Network, or HRN. Even if that name is new for you, the organization is anything but. HRN has spent the past decade here in the neighborhood making shows like ours possible—while building one of the world’s most unique audio archives from a secret recording studio tucked inside a storage container within Roberta’s Pizza.

    This week, we sit down with two of the leaders behind HRN to learn more about their work, and their mission to give important new voices a platform to reach listeners around the world.

    • 44 min
    Quality Goods

    Quality Goods

    Small business owners play a unique role in Bushwick. As we’ve heard throughout the community, many entrepreneurs view their shops as opportunities to serve the neighborhood outside the scope of business as usual, whether that’s by partnering with activists or creating spaces that bride gaps in the community. But as we’ve also heard, the realities of running a business often conflict with more purpose-driven intentions. This week, we meet with the wife and husband duo behind Quality Goods, one of Bushwick’s most celebratory and intentional businesses. It’s a discussion that’s been over a year in the making, drawing on conversations from the present, and from last summer, on the eve of their store’s grand opening.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

TheLightOfCreation ,

Great if you’re new to the area!

I love the storytelling style & quality of the podcast! I have already visited a business simply because it was featured on the podcast, and I am looking forward to checking out more! Bushwick Podcast is definitely something to check out for people who are new to the area and need a starting point for exploration! The people share a lot more than just how they created their service and/or shop, which also makes he podcast very informative, especially on the cultural front. The episodes are relatively short, yet full of quality material and substance. Here’s to many more years of growth for the creator!

low_cau ,

I want one!

Every neighborhood needs a smart, thoughtful citizen to be collecting and sharing its stories in a perfectly enjoyable podcast

hannah not banana ,

Thoughtful storytelling

Goes outside of the “branding” of Bushwick and north Brooklyn by digging into the most human stories from our neighborhood

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