Drag Queens keep on giving back to New York City, and we’re proud to live in the same city with some top-notch Queens.
But this whole gentrification nonsense just made another couple dozen shit lists.
The rising rent prices have forced Bushwick’s Drag Queens to relocate their fifth annual Bushwig, the Bushwick drag festival, to Maspeth.
DNA Info reported that they’ll be strutting their stuff at the Knockdown Center on September 10th and 11th, located at 52-19 Flushing Avenue.
All this drama began when Project Secret Robot, the venue which has hosted the festival since its debut in 2012, closed because of, surprise, higher rent.
Project Secret Robot’s owners said they will reopen in another part of Brooklyn, probably one that’s not nearly as prone to escalated costs of living.
But Bushwig co-founder Queen Horrorchata told DNAInfo she was not phased by this relocation.
“The latest performers in New York are struggling as the city is getting gentrified faster than ever. But the creativity and the freaks aren’t going anywhere.”
In a statement that made pretty much everyone snap their fingers, she said “[w]e are dealing with the fact that this city is constantly evolving and what matters is the art will always be here.”
Grab your tix for Bushwig here, and once you’ve done that, check out the documentary about Bushwick’s drag scene, starring some of Bushwig’s finest.