Bushwick, World-Class Arts Mecca

Still a largely industrial area and recovering from years as a bastion for gangs, Bushwick's sordid history is becoming overshadowed by the influx of artists flocking to the area in search of affordability and space.

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In this July 23, 2011 photo, sculptor Luke Schumacher handles his creations that remind him of his youth in the Mojave Desert in his private workspace at Bushwick's 3rd Ward. Still a largely industrial area and recovering from years as a bastion for gangs, Bushwick's sordid history is becoming overshadowed by the influx of artists flocking to the area in search of affordability and space.
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Renowned visual artist Kevork Mourad practices his drawing technique before a performance in his Bushwick studio.
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A pedestrian pauses for a photo of the highly detailed murals that appear throughout Bushwick.
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Musician and songwriter John Presnell performs his songs while visual artist Kevork Mourad improvises drawings to the sounds during a small performance in Bushwick.
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A collaboration of sound, lyrics, and visual art takes place for a small audience in Bushwick.
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A model poses for a weekly "drink and draw" at the 3rd Ward artist's cooperative in Bushwick.
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Sculptor Luke Schumacher manipulates copper into figures that remind him of his youth in the Mojave Desert in the metal working area of the 3rd Ward in Bushwick.
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Fine art, sculpture, and graffiti murals stand in contrast with their rougher surroundings throughout Bushwick.
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Ryan O'Connor prepares metal pieces for a class he instructs at Bushwick's 3rd Ward.
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Visitors to Bushwick's 3rd Ward watch chocolatier Medhi Chellaoui demonstrate advanced chocolate preparation techniques during the cooperative's annual community barbeque.
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