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Behind the Sneaker-Tossing, Tandem-Riding Scenes of SNL’s ‘Bushwick, 2015’

(Photo: Paul Rome)

(Photo: Paul Rome)

Walking up St. Nicholas Avenue around 2pm on Friday afternoon on my way home from the Wyckoff Starr, the coffee shop I manage, I passed an unusual sight: a tall, long-haired man attempting to throw a pair of laced-together sneakers over a telephone wire in broad daylight.
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'Starrs' of Bushwick Collide For Some Literary-Musical Performance

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Roarke Menzies. (Photo: Benjamin Lehn)

For those of us who use “right off of the Jefferson L” to describe where we live, and Roarke Menzies are familiar faces at the very least. Rome manages and Menzies works at the Wyckoff Starr — a coffee shop that’s two doors down from the train’s entrance — and both are a part of a wave of artists that was beginning to put down roots in Bushwick in the early aughts.
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Watch It Live: A Bushwick Writers Confab

Can’t make it to our tonight? Worry not: we’re coming at you live. Watch and listen as Brando Skyhorse, author of The Madonnas of Echo Park, reads from his forthcoming memoir, Five Fathers; Paul Rome reads from his debut novel, We All Sleep in the Same Room, out this month; and Patricia E. Gillespie reads her poems from the recently published anthology, Bushwick Poems. And then keep on watching as they chat about living and writing in the neighborhood. The stream starts around 7 p.m.