Friday, March 30, 2012

Kickstart 'The Bushwick News' with the 'Boundaries of Change' Walking Tour

A 3-hour historic walking tour of Bushwick is being offered on Saturdays May 5 and May 12 by John Dereszewski, who was district manager of Bushwick's community board during the 1970s.

"Boundaries of Change" will include a history of the crooked boundary that separates Bushwick from Ridgewood (which apparently was a straight line until 1925 and cut right right through people's apartments). Stops on the tour will include an ancient ball park that hosted major league games in the 1880s, an old movie house, and the Onderdonk House, a Dutch farmhouse-turned-museum dating to around 1709.

The tour is being conducted as part of a Kickstarter campaign for a neighborhood news organization. Formerly known as the blog BushwickBk, the site is transforming itself into a legit news outlet to be known as The Bushwick News.

As they put it, "We're not just spewing snark from our dining room table anymore." They are hiring (as in actually paying) reporters and photographers to track down original, in-depth stories about Bushwick.

Through the kickstarter campaign they hope to raise $40,000. You can donate in various increments if you wish to support their noble pursuit, but a $40 donation will gain you admission to one of the walking tours in May.

They have until April 12 to reach their goal, so act now is you are interested. As of this posting, they have $14, 931 courtesy of 303 different donors.

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