Bushwick Beyond the Brand
Thirty-five years ago, burned-out Bushwick was the symbol of urban hopelessness and despair. Today the neighborhood is on the rise, stamped with the Brooklyn brand as gentrification spreads from Williamsburg. But not all the change is for the better, and not everything has changed. Longtime residents now struggle not only with rising rents and the threat of losing their homes but with the same challenges they’ve faced for decades: failing schools, poor health and substandard housing. “Bushwick Beyond the Brand” examines the vibrant neighborhood in the center of the city — buffeted by change as the Bloomberg era draws to a close.