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Finally Time to Wash Those Clothes? Here’s a Roundup of Bushwick’s Full-Service Laundromats and Dry Cleaners

Finally Time to Wash Those Clothes? Here’s a Roundup of Bushwick’s Full-Service Laundromats and Dry Cleaners

New to Bushwick and looking for a full-service laundromat and/or dry cleaners? Tired of your old place and looking to move on? Either way, we have you covered.

In Need of a Free Dinner? Casa Ora Is Inviting You To Pull Up a Chair

In Need of a Free Dinner? Casa Ora Is Inviting You To Pull Up a Chair

For the remainder of January, and possibly the rest of winter, Casa Ora is offering free meals to those who say they need them.

Bushwick-Area Small Biz Owners Frustrated With Police Response to Break-ins During the Pandemic

Bushwick-Area Small Biz Owners Frustrated With Police Response to Break-ins During the Pandemic

The time it takes investigators to arrive is more costly than if the establishment were to reopen without reporting the crime, said one local business owner.

$4.3 Million Project To Reduce Storm Flooding Is Underway at Bushwick II Houses

$4.3 Million Project To Reduce Storm Flooding Is Underway at Bushwick II Houses

The citywide project is estimated to capture 55 million gallons of stormwater each year.

Neighborhood Bar Mood Ring to Release Cocktail Recipe Book in Spring 2022

Neighborhood Bar Mood Ring to Release Cocktail Recipe Book in Spring 2022

The book includes the recipes to astrology-themed cocktails, nightlife tips and stories based on the experiences of co-owners Vanessa Li and Bowen Goh.

New York City’s Annual Holiday Tradition, Mulchfest, Is Back Again. Read Where You Can Recycle Your Holiday Tree in Bushwick

New York City’s Annual Holiday Tradition, Mulchfest, Is Back Again. Read Where You Can Recycle Your Holiday Tree in Bushwick

With over 74 drop-off or chipping sites citywide, find a Mulchfest location near you.

Bushwick’s Ornithology Jazz Club Serves up Vegan Food and Free Nightly Jam Sessions

Bushwick’s Ornithology Jazz Club Serves up Vegan Food and Free Nightly Jam Sessions

Musicians and locals alike can enjoy the nightly shows or partake and experiment with an original piece. The idea is to create a ‘permissive environment’ where music can be explored, said co-owner Mitchell Borden.

The Bushwick Location of Cafe Moca, a Beloved Vegan and Vegetarian Spot, Has Reopened Its Doors

The Bushwick Location of Cafe Moca, a Beloved Vegan and Vegetarian Spot, Has Reopened Its Doors

After closing (temporarily), the Cafe Moca family shares that they are happy to be back in Bushwick, a neighborhood close to their hearts.

Signs in Bushwick Speak of the Floraissance: an Upcoming Worldwide Movement

Signs in Bushwick Speak of the Floraissance: an Upcoming Worldwide Movement

The pandemic has obscured the signs to the public, but artist André Feliciano, who coined the term “Floraissance” is optimistic about its future.

A List of the Bushwick Area’s Art Supply Stores for All Your Artistic Needs

A List of the Bushwick Area’s Art Supply Stores for All Your Artistic Needs

From street art, fine art and crafting to bookbinding, visit these local stores online or in person to see what they have to offer!

The Moffat Street Community Garden Opens a Composting and Food Scrap Drop-Off Site

The Moffat Street Community Garden Opens a Composting and Food Scrap Drop-Off Site

Residents no longer have to take the 30-minute walk to Know Waste Lands to compost.

The FRESH Program Will Bring 3 New Supermarkets to Bushwick as a Way to Combat Food Insecurity

The FRESH Program Will Bring 3 New Supermarkets to Bushwick as a Way to Combat Food Insecurity

In the meantime, the neighborhood offers food distributions, pantries and community fridges.

The Bushwick Community is Invited to IS 291 Roland Hayes’ First Homecoming Arts Festival on Nov. 23

The Bushwick Community is Invited to IS 291 Roland Hayes’ First Homecoming Arts Festival on Nov. 23

The festival will feature student artwork and performances, a Thanksgiving dinner and a tour of Meryl Meisler’s “Paradise Lost & Found: Bushwick” installation.

It’s a Scam! Con Artist Randuel ‘Randy’ Howard Sandiford Scams NYers Throughout Brooklyn

It’s a Scam! Con Artist Randuel ‘Randy’ Howard Sandiford Scams NYers Throughout Brooklyn

Sandiford will say he’s a stylist who’s been kicked out and needs a ride to his studio, or something along those lines.

Start Your Day Like the New Mayor – With a Vegan Bodega Sandwich in Bushwick

Start Your Day Like the New Mayor – With a Vegan Bodega Sandwich in Bushwick

Eric Adams’ celebratory breakfast wrap sold at Bushwick’s Marinello’s Gourmet Deli until Nov. 14, but you can still enjoy great-tasting plant-based food options at many bodegas in Bushwick and across NYC.

‘Polycurious,’ a Bushwick-Based Podcast, Explores Relationship Structures and Delves Into Ethical Non-Monogamy

‘Polycurious,’ a Bushwick-Based Podcast, Explores Relationship Structures and Delves Into Ethical Non-Monogamy

The second season is set to be released in February of 2022, and the podcast is currently looking for people who are just dipping their toes into their non-monogamy journeys.

The Coalition Against Family Violence Will be Revealing a Mural in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 29

The Coalition Against Family Violence Will be Revealing a Mural in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 29

To attend the day-long event filled with music, presentations, a graduation ceremony and the mural reveal, be sure to RSVP.

‘Domingo a Las 4:’ a New Outdoor Photography Installation About Finding Community as an Immigrant in NYC

‘Domingo a Las 4:’ a New Outdoor Photography Installation About Finding Community as an Immigrant in NYC

Swing by Reinaldo Salgado Playground to see the photos, catch a game of fútbol and enjoy some empanadas and, if it’s cold, some canelazo.

Long Winter Nights are Around the Corner. Here’s How to Get Home Safely at Night if Traveling Alone

Long Winter Nights are Around the Corner. Here’s How to Get Home Safely at Night if Traveling Alone

Request an escort home, hail a cab on your phone or call your local Bushwick cab service!

Bushwick’s New Rental Wardrobe, the Costume Closet, Offers ‘Festival-inspired’ Costumes for Any Occasion

Bushwick’s New Rental Wardrobe, the Costume Closet, Offers ‘Festival-inspired’ Costumes for Any Occasion

The Costume Closet, Bushwick’s new costume rental wardrobe, opens just in time for Halloween.

Your Guide to the 2021 Bushwick Film Festival

Your Guide to the 2021 Bushwick Film Festival

The 14th annual Bushwick Film Festival will be the biggest one yet, said founder and CEO Kweighbaye Kotee.

Community Board 4 Wants Your Input: What Local Issues Matter Most?

Community Board 4 Wants Your Input: What Local Issues Matter Most?

What changes do you want to see in Bushwick? Let Community Board 4 know before October 25.

New Center, Collective Focus Hub, Provides Bushwick with Free Food, Goods and Services

New Center, Collective Focus Hub, Provides Bushwick with Free Food, Goods and Services

“There’s a huge need for all kinds of things here,” said Rooney. “That’s something we learn every single day. Housing, food, clothing, ESL services, definitely mental health.”

At Myrtle Pub in Ridgewood, the Motto Is  ‘Cheap Ass Drinks, All the Time’

At Myrtle Pub in Ridgewood, the Motto Is ‘Cheap Ass Drinks, All the Time’

Ridgewood’s new affordable, local bar provides a space to meet new people with just “$3 down,” says co-owner Nick Salek.

Sen. Salazar’s New Butterfly Project Illustrates, Unites Bushwick’s Latinx Community

Sen. Salazar’s New Butterfly Project Illustrates, Unites Bushwick’s Latinx Community

The Butterfly Project, a collage surrounding the narratives of immigration and migration, will cover an entire wall in Senator Julia Salazar’s office.

Local Leaders Push Congress to Abolish Puerto Rico’s ‘PROMESA’ Law

Local Leaders Push Congress to Abolish Puerto Rico’s ‘PROMESA’ Law

Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board, established by the PROMESA law in 2016, has “exacerbated the structural inequalities and austerity in Puerto Rico,” one local leader said.

Siblings Raise Over $5,000 for Winter Survival Kits for Those Experiencing Homelessness in Fifth Annual Lemonade and Cake Stand

Siblings Raise Over $5,000 for Winter Survival Kits for Those Experiencing Homelessness in Fifth Annual Lemonade and Cake Stand

To those who want to get involved in their community, but aren’t sure where to start, Chloe says to ‘Just go for it!’

The 14th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Will be Hybrid After a Successful Pivot to a Virtual Running Last Year

The 14th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Will be Hybrid After a Successful Pivot to a Virtual Running Last Year

The hybrid event, running from October 20-24, is expected to attract over 5,000 virtual attendees along with its usual local crowd.

The Amateur Astronomers Association Holds Annual Fall Starfest to Share the ‘Beauty of the Universe’

The Amateur Astronomers Association Holds Annual Fall Starfest to Share the ‘Beauty of the Universe’

Attendees at Evergreens Cemetery were able to view Jupiter’s moons, Saturn’s rings, and our moon’s craters among other astronomical objects, and you can too!

Frack Outta Brooklyn Hosts Its First Radical Youth Film Festival at the People’s Garden This Sunday

Frack Outta Brooklyn Hosts Its First Radical Youth Film Festival at the People’s Garden This Sunday

Everyone can learn how to protect Mother Earth at this free, family-friendly event.

Organizers Hold Wednesday Protest Against Anti-Black and LGBTQ+ Hate in Response to Saturday’s ‘Anti-Gay’ Attack

Organizers Hold Wednesday Protest Against Anti-Black and LGBTQ+ Hate in Response to Saturday’s ‘Anti-Gay’ Attack

Organizers Qween Jean and Gia Love call for Bushwick to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ+ community. If you say “BLM” and do not support the queer Black community, then you are not for liberation, Qween said.

Community Gardens Are Reopening, and They Need Dedicated Volunteers

Community Gardens Are Reopening, and They Need Dedicated Volunteers

Look up and support your local community garden in providing sustenance and critical green space.

District Leader Samy Nemir-Olivares Helps Organize Rally Against LGBTQ+ Hate This Wednesday After Possible Hate Crime

District Leader Samy Nemir-Olivares Helps Organize Rally Against LGBTQ+ Hate This Wednesday After Possible Hate Crime

Plans for the rally were prompted by a stabbing and robbery in a Bushwick bodega early Saturday morning, which NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is currently investigating.

Bushwick Bakery Rebounds From COVID and a Recent Fire To Become One of the ‘Hottest Restaurants in Bushwick’

Bushwick Bakery Rebounds From COVID and a Recent Fire To Become One of the ‘Hottest Restaurants in Bushwick’

The neighborhood eatery has kept its doors open throughout the pandemic and attracted more customers than ever.

Catch a Game of Ecuavóley, Ecuador’s National Sport, on the Courts at Maria Hernández Park

Catch a Game of Ecuavóley, Ecuador’s National Sport, on the Courts at Maria Hernández Park

Ecuador’s national sport has made its way to Bushwick, where it thrives on the red-top courts at Maria Hernández Park.

The Tiny Cupboard to Host the ‘Biggest Summer Comedy Festival’ in New York City August 26-29

The Tiny Cupboard to Host the ‘Biggest Summer Comedy Festival’ in New York City August 26-29

Despite the pandemic, the indoor-outdoor venue has grown from a tiny studio room to a well-known performance space.