The Horticulture Society of New York and Con Edison co-hosted a plant giveaway at Knickerbocker Plaza. Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, the Plaza Steward, helped coordinate the event and provided outreach. Thank you to RBSCC"s partners for helping us keep the plaza welcoming and for engaging our community around the beauty of public space cultivation.
See New Yorkers for Parks: The Daffodil Project
For the play, Bamboo in Bushwick by Ed Cardona Jr., Working Theater invited artists to submit an image to be used in marketing materials for the play.
RBSCC & Working Theater shared the first complete play in the 5 Boroughs 1 City project- The Block on June 13th & 14th, 2016.
Written by Dan Hoyle
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center
1474 Gates Ave.
"Based on conversations and interviews over two years in the South Bronx and with members of CASA, a project of New Settlement Community Apartments, comes a play that will change the way you look at New York."
Working Theater will be "Artists in Residence" and hosted by RBSCC as they work with the Bushwick Community to develop a new theater piece focused on Bushwick and Brooklyn.
Throughout Working Theater's Bushwick residency there will be numerous opportunities for the community to participate and help create and inform the final theatrical production, as described in the Working Theater's flyer:
This upcoming year we are coming to Bushwick and inviting the Bushwick community to engage with us in workshops, story circles, readings and full productions. These events will take place in community centers and facilities in partnership with RBSCC. Join us for a story circle (you can choose from one of three dates), and if you're a young adult or a senior, join us for an Intergenerational Workshop, which will take place on a Saturday or Sunday over a full weekend in January and will culminate in a free, public performance of work created by the participants. Later, Working Theater will return with a free reading of the play that we've been writing about Bushwick- titled Bamboo in Brooklyn- based on conversations and time spent in the Bushwick community.
Please share this opportunity and join your neighbors and Working Theater, for some of these exciting and free interactive theater workshops. Stay tuned for more dates and events- play readings and full theatrical performances.
Come learn about Bushwick & Housing!
Launch & Gazette by urbanists and students from Parsons: The New School for Design.
Saturday, November 7, 2016
1:00pm - 4:00PM
1349 Gates Avenue
(RBSCC Senior Housing: Gates Garden, Community Room)
There is a housing crisis in NYC! Real estate speculation and unjust housing policy has resulted in the displacement of longtime residents! Rents continue to rise as developers build luxury condos and landlords unlawfully evict families!
To support the fight for housing, urbanists at Parsons The New School for Design have written and designed a GAZETTE to raise awareness and share our education about the HOUSING CRISIS in Bushwick, Brooklyn! The gazette is called ¡Derecho A La Vivienda! Read it now. It contains a history of Bushwick, interviews with Bushwick residents and organizers, an analysis of the situation and de Blasio's plan, a participatorially-executed vacancy survey, proposals of alternative housing models, and more! See the FB EVENT page.
On Sunday October 18th, 2015, the RBSCC playground at 301 Jefferson Street hosted a community dance performance. The performance was free and open to the public. The dancer and the free performance were organized by Dea Jenkins with support from RBSCC. Ms. Jenkins, a Brooklyn resident, has been working with, and dancing with Jefferson Street residents throughout the summer of 2015. Jefferson Street residents, together with other youth from around New York, brought creative performance to this RBSCC space and to RBSCC residents.
Read more about the Jefferson Street Dance Performance and the work of Dea Jenkins.
Over the summer of 2015, RBSCC worked with RBSCC residents and Jefferson Street neighbors to organize a Jefferson Street Playground Association. RBSCC organized a team of Jefferson Street volunteers who, with support from RBSCC staff, cleaned and resurfaced the 301 Jefferson Street Playground with over 200 cubic yards of engineered wood fiber. This work was accomplished over three "Community Work Days" where volunteers utilized tools from the Department of Sanitation and resurfaced the playground with organic wood fiber. The work of local residents and RBSCC staff ensured that the RBSCC playground at 301 Jefferson Street was able to reopen for safe, active play throughout the 2015 play season. The playground is utilized by local youth and families and serves as a space for healthy activities, birthday parties, free play, and creative performances.