Official Target 10 Queer Immersion Guide – Bushwick

14 November 2016,   By

Official Target 10 Immersion Guide

What is Bushwick?

A working-class neighborhood in the northern part of Brooklyn, Bushwick had historically been a community of Germanic immigrants and their descendants, which became predominantly Hispanic in the late 20th century. Recently, as Williamsburg rapidly gentrified throughout the early aughts, the demographics within Bushwick began to shift again as well. From a HuffPo piece in 2014:

Since I moved to Bushwick, New York in early 2013, I’ve witnessed the rapid neighborhood changes commonly identified as “gentrification.” With Bushwick bordering the notoriously hipster home of Williamsburg, it’s easy to recognize the changing social and economic landscape of Bushwick as a reflection of gentrified Williamsburg — three dollar sign restaurants, rising rent and young freelancers posting up at coffee shops eating acai bowls. My rent alone for a three-bedroom apartment in Bushwick jumped to a $300 increase after one year. I wasn’t lying when I said the changes are happening fast!

Williamsburg off the Bedford L stop has gotten so popular (and overpopulated), corporations such as Whole Foods, Madewell and Dunkin Donuts are moving in. The historic Domino Sugar Factory is getting torn down for new development and construction of another high rise condominium has started on Kent Street & N 6th. I wouldn’t be surprised if Williamsburg looked more like Manhattan over the next few years. In addition, with the influx of people and corporations in Williamsburg, it isn’t surprising that the changes are spilling over into Bushwick.

Additionally, a flourishing artist community, which has existed in Bushwick for decades, has converged with this gentrification and is now a main demographic of Bushwick; dozens of art studios and galleries are scattered throughout the neighborhood. There are several open studios programs that help the public visit artist studios and galleries and a number of websites dedicated to promoting neighborhood art and events. Brooklyn’s first and only trailer park, a 20-person art, was established within a former nut roasting factory.


Bushwick History Lesson

Before German mothers wrapped scarves around

their heads,

kissed their own mothers good-bye and headed

across the world

to Bushwick-

Before the Italian fathers sailed across the ocean

for the dream of America

and found themselves in Bushwick-

Before Dominican daughters donned quincenera

dresses and walked proudly down Bushwick Avenue

Before young brown boys in cutoff shorts spun their

first tops and played their first games of skelly on

Bushwick Streets-

Before any of that, this place was called Boswijck,

Settled by the Dutch

And Franciscus the Negro, a former slave

who bought his freedom.

And all of New York was called New Amsterdam,

run by a man

named Peter Stuyvesant. There were slaves here.

Those who could afford to own

their freedom

lived on the other side of the wall.

And now that place is called Wall Street.

When my teacher says, So write down what all of this means

to you, our heads bend over our notebooks, the whole class

silent. The whole class belonging somewhere:


I didn’t just appear one day.

I didn’t just wake up and know how to write my name.

I keep writing, knowing now

that I was a long time coming.

— Jacqueline Woodson


Our guide

Tyler Ashley

Tyler Ashley

Tyler Ashley is a choreographer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Ashley has had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Streb, Walter Dundervill, Larissa Velez-Jackson, David Thomson, Biba Bell, John Jahnke, Sahra Motalebi, Yackez, Katy Pyle, Enrico Wey, Benjamin Kimitch, Michael Ingle and Rakia Seaborn. Ashley’s own work has been presented by Performa11, Friends of the High Line, Times Square Alliance, BOFFO, Fire Island Pines Performance Series, Dixon Place, NYPAC, Movement Research, Triskelion Arts, and Strange Loop Gallery. The work has also been seen at Art Basel Miami, The Knockdown Center, The Chocolate Factory, AUNTS, Columbia University, Danspace Project, JACK, Gina Gibney Dance Center, Arts@Renaissance, CAGE, The Wythe Hotel, and The Jam Handy in Detroit, MI.



(descriptions courtesy of Yelp, Free Williamsburg, Brooklyn magazine and venues’ own sites)


House of La Rue

106 Thames St.

Your one stop Style, Glam and Drag boutique featuring fun clothing, accessories, jewelry, stage makeup, heels to size 17, custom wigs. Our new Brooklyn store elevates the signature style of our sister store in Provincetown that has a colorful client list from peeps that just like to have fun to style setters and  international performers. Where else can you get a jock strap with garters, a crystal mask, size 17 heels, a Pee Wee Herman pillow and Vegas head dress under one roof? Established in 2010 in Provincetown, MA in 2010, House of La Rue has become the go to store for performers, fashionistas, and individuals craving fashions and accessories that stand out from the common. With an eye on underground global styles and trends, La Rue stocks fashions in limited quantity to keep both the looks and merchandise fresh.


Happy Fun Hideaway

1211 Myrtle Ave.

By the free spirits who brought you Secret Project Robot, Happyfun Hideaway funnels the playful, artistic vibe of SPR into a more conventional bar setting with trippy video art, a pinball machine and rotating exhibitions of locals’ 2-D creations. The Bushwick art scene being a fairly queer place, it hosts all manner of LGBT-friendly events, including the Fade to Pink party (weekly), Gurl, and afterparties for the Bushwig drag festival. Regular bookings include Matty Beats, Horrorchata, and Raul de Nieves.


Flowers for All Occasions

1114 DeKalb Ave.

Flowers For All Occasions is Secret Project Robot’s new gallery space, bar and cafe.   The space is completely artist run and open daily with beer, cocktails, punch, wine, snacks and coffee… Flowers For All Occasions, located at 1114 Dekalb Avenue at Broadway will now be hosting all of Secret Projects’ smaller events and art shows.

Flowers is a beautiful public space that you can hang out in EVERY DAY and will be delivering the same quality events that you have come to rely upon from Secret Project Robot over the past decade… This space will be more sustainable in size and is supported by community participation in the form of art projects and beer drinking!

We will be holding almost daily events and soon to open are a vending machine filled with art objects and a small zine and print store…Come hang out with us! Support your local bartender, barista and artist friends!!


Troll Hole

226 Knickerboxer Ave.

Pro-intersectional feminist, queer, small business located inside the Mermaid Laundromat in Bushwick. Specializing in zines, chapbooks, printed matter created by other feminists + adult gifts like rose quartz kegel balls, silicone enema bulbs, and classic video head cleaners. Always free tampons, pads, and panty liners.


Vinyl Fantasy

194 Knickerboxer Ave.

Anyone who’s tried to track down a funny book in Brooklyn knows that it’s a largely thankless task (minus a few standouts like Desert Island). Enter this modest storefront, which fills an important, underserved niche by offering Marvel comics and CCR records under one roof.


Eugene J. Candy Co.

16 Wilson Ave.

In store now, Eugene has stocked around 120 candy products (ultimately, he aims for 1,000), and he orders them, for the most part, from domestic and local “craft candy” makers: The Salty Road, makers of saltwater taffy in Clinton Hill; QUIN, concocters of lollipops, caramels, and Dreams Come Chew fruit-chews, based out of Portland; and Wondermade, out of Orlando Florida, who, I have to say, are up to the good stuff: stout beer and bourbon marshmallows. But that is by no means all; Eugene wants to tell me about more: Gummy Fried Eggs, Gummy Chicken Feet, and Gummy Vampire Teeth. “You can pretty much take anything and imagine it into candy,” he says—just a matter of fact.


Art 3 Gallery

109 Ingraham St.

ART 3 gallery is a dynamic contemporary art gallery established in February 2014 by Silas Shabelewska, formerly of Haunch of Venison (Christie’s NY) and Helly Nahmad Gallery NY. ART 3 strives to expose or rediscover work that contributes to contemporary discourse. The program at ART 3 is multidisciplinary, conceptual and process oriented, showcasing emerging and mid-career artists. Located in Bushwick vibrant art scene, the gallery maintains a deep relationship with dealers, museums and galleries worldwide. The name ART 3 was inspired by the architect firm ATELIER 3 (1960-1978) created in 1959 in Monaco by Shabelewska’s father, Conrad Shabelewski and his two partners. The name ART 3 also symbolizes the synergy between the 3 principal elements that create a gallery: the artists, the gallery and the collectors.


The BogArt

54 Bogart St.

The BogArt was converted to artist production studio space in 2005 and has become the artist center of Bushwick. After years of manufacturing in this neighborhood, it was time for a change. The need for artist space emerged and now The BogArt is home to major non-profits, galleries and artists. All lofts have at least 108″ windows, offering great light for the artists who range from painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry designers and craftsmen. With the building’s proximity to the L train it makes this a convenient space to work. The BogArt offers a safe and secure environment.


Brooklyn Fire Proof

120 Ingraham St.

 Brooklyn Fire Proof Workspaces is a kind, creative work environment built to inspire and promote the artistic endeavors of professionals, micro-manufacturers, and entrepreneurs. BFP Workspaces operates an on-premises real estate management facility with over 160,000 square feet of art studios, offices, and manufacturing space. Additionally, Brooklyn Fire Proof Stages provides 17,000 square feet of full-service film and television sound stages, offering lighting and grip equipment rental, ample support space, and unique locations. BFP Stages are perfect for all media, including feature films, television, and photography. Productions filmed at our stages qualify for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program.


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