Bushwick Love Letter

“Bushwick Love Letter” is an oral history and community art program that uses place-based storytelling to bring together neighbors and resist gentrification in Bushwick during summer 2018.


“Bushwick Love Letter” Story Circle & Potluck
Sunday, June 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Mayday Space, 170 St Nicholas Ave

Story Circle workshop + Potluck + Bushwick love note writing

Meet neighbors, share a meal, and tell us about your Bushwick experiences in our story circle. This workshop is a chance to have meaningful conversations with neighbors, learn from one another’s life experiences, and connect to resources to fight gentrification.
At our Bushwick Love Note station you can read neighborhood love notes and write your own ode to Bushwick.

This is a free workshop. You are encouraged to bring a dish to share for the potluck. Donations to Mayday Space will be appreciated.

Mayday Space is located at 176 St Nicholas Ave in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Take the L train to Dekalb, exit at the intersection of Wyckoff Ave and Stanhope St, walk against traffic on Stanhope and take a right one block up at St. Nicholas Ave.


“Bushwick Love Letter” Roundtable on Gentrification & Housing Activism
with “Cities for People, Not for Profit”
Early July – Date TBD
Mayday Space, 170 St Nicholas Ave

Roundtable discussion

Join us for a roundtable discussion on gentrification and housing activism in Bushwick featuring local artists, activists, and community residents who participated in the Cities for People, Not for Profit oral history project, and learn about resources for resisting gentrification and displacement. From 2014-2016 oral historian and artist Cynthia Tobar met with notable Bushwick residents and conducted interviews for “Cities for People, Not for Profit” that traced the history of ongoing gentrification and the fight for affordable housing in Bushwick. This roundtable will bring together some of the narrators to hear updates on how gentrification in Bushwick has progressed in the past few years and discuss the struggle to remain in our neighborhoods.

This free event is an opportunity to connect with neighbors and share our love and concerns for Bushwick.



Additional programs will be held later in the summer. Stay tuned for details!



“Bushwick Love Letter” is an oral history and community art program that will use localized storytelling to bring together neighbors in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Bushwick. By gathering stories and organizing performances that spotlight the long-time community’s love and concerns for Bushwick, “Bushwick Love Letter” aims to strengthen connections between neighbors, resist erosion of local history and culture, and support local organizing efforts around gentrification, displacement, tenant protections, and housing activism.

Each month this summer we’ll have “Bushwick Love Letter” programming - story circles, potlucks, discussion forums, and performances celebrating Bushwick.

Stay tuned for dates & details!




“Bushwick Love Letter” at Mayday Festival of Resistance
Saturday, April 28, 2:00-7:00pm
Maria Hernandez Park, Kinckerbocker Ave & Starr St

Music! Art! Food! Dancing!
Connecting with movement groups!

The Five Boro Story Project is excited to be part of Mayday Space‘s third annual MayDay Festival of Resistance, a free outdoor concert in Maria Hernandez Park.

Stop by our “Bushwick Love Letter” station to write a love note to Bushwick, record your neighborhood memories, share your hopes and concerns for the neighborhood, and swap stories with neighbors! The community’s love notes, drawings, and other writing will be displayed in the park during the festival, composing an interactive ode to Bushwick.

The Festival of Resistance is a free concert and party that uplifts the global tradition of popular protest and community resilience of May Day / International Worker’s Day. This year’s concert lineup is a powerhouse of Women of Color-led bands and artist/activists using music to spread messages of hope and resistance:
* Nitty Scott
* M.A.K.U. Sound System
* Bushwick Jarocho Collective

Plus enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Sabine Blaizin, and kid-friendly art making activities, face painting, and a photo booth!


DIRECTIONS: Maria Hernandez Park stretches from Knickerbocker Avenue to Irving Avenue, and Starr Street to Suydam Street. It’s a block from the L train at Jefferson Street, and near the M train at Central Avenue.

In case of rain, the concert will be held inside Mayday Space nearby (176 St Nicholas Avenue, a short walk from Maria Hernandez Park).


View photos from “Bushwick Love Letter” at Mayday Festival HERE.