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Bushwick Podcast

36 EpisodesProduced by Heritage Radio NetworkWebsite

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

36 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Building Ayiti

September 28th, 2018


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 …


October 19th, 2018


Disillusioned by the politics of a changing Istanbul, Dilara left her native Turkey to backpack in South America. When her travels revealed a …

Eugene J

October 26th, 2018


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 …


November 9th, 2018


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 …

She Is Maria

November 25th, 2018


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.

Sol Sips

February 4th, 2019


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 …


February 13th, 2019


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, …

Rafael Espinal Wants to Be Your Public Advocate

February 20th, 2019


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, …

Parents Hold the Power

February 27th, 2019


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, …

Start. Operate. Grow.

March 7th, 2019


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 …

Mil Mundos, Pt. 1

March 14th, 2019


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 …

Mil Mundos, Pt. 2

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

The Life-Changing Magic of Doing Other People's Taxes

March 29th, 2019


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. …

Who Heals the Healer?

April 5th, 2019


This week, we dive into the world of empathy-on-demand and meet the Bushwick-based organizer bringing together clinicians, counselors, doulas, DJs, …

The Everyone Store

April 12th, 2019


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 …

Bushwick Podcast: Trailer

April 24th, 2019


Coming this May from Heritage Radio Network: the stories of how artists, activists, and entrepreneurs collide in on special Brooklyn neighborhood …

Big Humble

May 9th, 2019


A first-time restaurateur looks back on a year of life, love, and business in Bushwick.


You can try 191 Knickerbocker's global comfort food for yourself at 191 Knickerbocker Avenue, just off the …

Bones Deep

May 16th, 2019


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 …

The Locals Brooklyn

May 23rd, 2019


Bushwick is home to what may be the world's only real estate brokerage where you can simultaneously rent an apartment smokable hemp? This …

Garbage Situation

May 30th, 2019


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 …

r e g i o n (e s): SUD

June 13th, 2019


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. …

Word Made Flesh

June 20th, 2019


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 …

An Action at the Bushwick Block Party

June 27th, 2019


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 …

A Path Toward Something Better

July 3rd, 2019


"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 …

The Alchemy of Bunker

July 25th, 2019


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 …

The New Dish Everyone Talks About

August 1st, 2019


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 …

Going for the Sock Drawer

August 8th, 2019


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 …

Disco Era Bushwick

August 15th, 2019


"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 …

The Everyone Store

September 5th, 2019


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 …

Cooperative Crisis Management

September 12th, 2019


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, …

Quality Goods

September 26th, 2019


Small business owners play a unique role in Bushwick. As we’ve heard throughout the community, many entrepreneurs view their shops as opportunities …

Improving the World Through the Lens of Food

October 10th, 2019


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 …

Niche, Nostalgia, and Novelty

October 24th, 2019


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 …

The Battle 4 Bushwick

November 7th, 2019


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 …

The Gradient Wants You

November 21st, 2019


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 …

How to Spend a Million Dollars

December 5th, 2019


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 …

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