Bushwick Podcast

Bushwick Podcast

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


The Battle 4 Bushwick
Nov 6 • 37 min
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…
Niche, Nostalgia, and Novelty
Oct 24 • 30 min
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…
Improving the World Through the Lens of Food
Oct 10 • 44 min
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…
Quality Goods
Sep 26 • 28 min
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…
Cooperative Crisis Management
Sep 12 • 36 min
As the summer comes to an end across the city, it’s the start of a new season here at Bushwick Podcast. That means we have the continued privilege of sharing more of the remarkable stories happening in the community, and the renewed duty to help break…
The Everyone Store
Sep 5 • 34 min
We’re hard at work getting the new season of Bushwick Podcast ready to be the best one yet, and we can’t wait for you to hear what we’ve got in store. In the meantime, we wanted to share an update on one of our most popular stories from earlier this year:…
Disco Era Bushwick
Aug 14 • 36 min
“It’s our season finale, and we’re thrilled to close out a summer of Bushwick stories by partnering with our friends at the new community media project, This Bushwick Life. Together, we sat down with an artist whose work captured Bushwick at one of its…
Going for the Sock Drawer
Aug 7 • 32 min
We’ve heard in previous episodes about how Bushwick has become one of Brooklyn’s most dynamic communities for everything from food to art. Take a walk around the neighborhood, and you’re sure to notice another scene that’s thriving here: thrift stores and…
The New Dish Everyone Talks About
Jul 31 • 33 min
This week, we finish our two-part run on Vietnamese restaurants in the neighborhood by sitting down with Falansai’s Henry Trieu, one of Bushwick’s most thoughtful business owners, to better understand: As the neighborhood and its culinary scene change in…
The Alchemy of Bunker
Jul 24 • 31 min
As we’ve heard in previous episodes, Bushwick is one of Brooklyn’s rising culinary epicenters. One of the things that makes the scene here so dynamic is that Bushwick’s restaurants don’t just serve good food—they reflect the culinary and artistic…
A Path Toward Something Better
Jul 3 • 35 min
“Spend enough time around Bushwick’s artists, activists, and entrepreneurs, and you’ll start to hear the same name over and over again: Mayday Space. This week, we visit Mayday, Bushwick’s home for social movements, to learn more about one of the…
An Action at the Bushwick Block Party
Jun 27 • 25 min
Earlier this month, Bushwick hosted one of the neighborhood’s largest annual events: a daylong celebration of street art, food, and music called the Bushwick Block Party. Of the thousands of visitors that attended this year, most were there simply to…
Word Made Flesh
Jun 19 • 37 min
June is Pride Month, which means that people around the world are gathering to honor the LGBTQ community with parades, parties, and celebrations of all kinds. Bushwick is home to one of New York’s most dynamic LGBTQ scenes and this month has some…
r e g i o n (e s): SUD
Jun 13 • 32 min
Later this summer, spaces throughout Bushwick will be taken over by r e g i o n (e s), a radical new art series using the power of performance to explore complicated topics like community and Latin American identity. This week, we sat down with some of…
Garbage Situation
May 30 • 30 min
Summer is fast approaching in Bushwick, and as the streets fill with people emerging from our cool, rainy Spring, they’re also filling with something else: trash. This week, we sit down with the leaders behind Clean Bushwick Initiative to unpack the…
The Locals Brooklyn
May 23 • 27 min
Bushwick is home to what may be the world’s only real estate brokerage where you can simultaneously rent an apartment and…buy smokable hemp? This week, we look at the story behind The Locals Laboratory, a surprising organization trying to effect positive…
Bones Deep
May 16 • 29 min
Scott has worked in the kitchens of some of the world’s best restaurants. But after nearly 20 years of helping to turn other people’s spaces into culinary destinations, he’s opened an unforgettable restaurant of his own here in Bushwick. On this week’s…
Big Humble
May 9 • 28 min
A first-time restaurateur looks back on a year of life, love, and business in Bushwick.
Bushwick Podcast: Trailer
Apr 24 • 1 min
Coming this May from Heritage Radio Network: the stories of how artists, activists, and entrepreneurs collide in on special Brooklyn neighborhood that’s changing faster by the day. Bushwick Podcast is local stories like you’ve never heard before.
The Everyone Store
Apr 12 • 30 min
Tucked away in one of the furthest corners of Bushwick, an unusual grocery store has quietly been pioneering access to healthy, high quality food in the neighborhood for nearly a decade. This week, we go behind the scenes of the Bushwick Food Co-op, an…
Who Heals the Healer?
Apr 5 • 20 min
This week, we dive into the world of empathy-on-demand and meet the Bushwick-based organizer bringing together clinicians, counselors, doulas, DJs, and more to ask the question, “Who Heals the Healer?” After the episode: To find out more about Who Heals…
The Life-Changing Magic of Doing Other People’s Taxes
Mar 29 • 32 min
This week, communities around the country enter the home stretch of tax season. But here in Bushwick, tax season means more than just squaring up with the government. For some people, it’s a gateway to a better life. And for others, it’s the most fun time…
Mil Mundos, Pt. 2
Mar 22 • 21 min
Mil Mundos is an ambitious new business in Bushwick: an English-Spanish bilingual bookstore and a space for visitors to “find empowerment through literature, workshops, events, and various services” with a focus on Black and Latinx communities. In this…
Mil Mundos, Pt. 1
Mar 14 • 23 min
Mil Mundos is an ambitious new business in Bushwick: an English-Spanish bilingual bookstore and a space for visitors to “find empowerment through literature, workshops, events, and various services” with a focus on Black and Latinx communities. In this…
Start. Operate. Grow.
Mar 7 • 22 min
There are more than 230,000 small businesses throughout New York City, and here in Bushwick, the small business scene is more competitive than ever. What can new and longtime business owners do to get ahead—and what can we do as consumers to support the…
Parents Hold the Power
Feb 27 • 22 min
Public education is one of the most important issues in Bushwick today. But it’s also one of the most complex, with numerous agencies, organizations, and individuals all playing different roles in shaping the community’s school system. The Community…
Rafael Espinal Wants to Be Your Public Advocate
Feb 20 • 31 min
On Tuesday, February 26th, New York City will elect our next Public Advocate. But what is the Public Advocate, and why is it so important that you get out and vote? We sat down with one of the race’s leading candidates, Bushwick’s own Rafael Espinal, to…
FINE & RAW
Feb 13 • 24 min
Growing up in South Africa, Daniel Sklaar dreamed of one day living in New York City. Now, he reflects on the remarkable journey that brought him here, and led him to become the surprising founder of FINE & RAW, Bushwick’s own chocolate factory.
Sol Sips
Feb 4 • 26 min
There’s a growing number of healthy food options in Bushwick, but for many residents these options can feel inaccessible or alienating. How can we make healthy food, and healthy living in general, more equitable for the community? The team at the…
She Is Maria
Nov 25, 2018 • 28 min
Can you build a better world by filling it with objects that reflect more responsible values? Maria Romero is a designer trying to find out, and she’s starting with the objects we use the most each day: textiles.
Catland
Nov 9, 2018 • 30 min
When Melissa needed somewhere to turn at a dark time in her life, she found support in a surprising place: Catland, a bookstore for witchcraft and the occult. Now years later, she’s become a co-owner of the bookstore, and has helped transform it into one…
Eugene J
Oct 26, 2018 • 30 min
When he was a chemical engineering student, Eugene J discovered an unusual outlet for his creativity: candy making. Now, he’s the head of his own candy store and factory. But in his workshop, he’s not just mixing up new flavors, he’s breaking ground on an…
Abracadabra
Oct 19, 2018 • 31 min
Disillusioned by the politics of a changing Istanbul, Dilara left her native Turkey to backpack in South America. When her travels revealed a transformative talent, she began a new journey that would see her achieve international fame and success in an…
Building Ayiti
Sep 28, 2018 • 42 min
As children, Rubens and Freddie fled the collapse of the Duvalier regime in Haiti with their family. After growing up in New York and starting families of their own, they’re called back to their homeland by a tragedy decades later. Neither could have…