Scary, Ok With It, Good

Is Bushwick safe? Where do people in the neighborhood feel safest? What would the area need to be safer? And does everyone agree? 10th graders in Aisha Haynes’ English Language Arts class at the Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering worked with CUP teaching artist Jonathan Bogarín to find out the many perspectives on safety in Bushwick.

Students got out of the classroom and conducted interviews with manicurists, church employees, barbers, small business owners, bakers, florists, and organizers. They acted out local stakeholders’ opinions, tableux vivant-style, and used their photographs to create neighborhood dioramas.

Together with graphic designer Nikki Chung, the crew produced a series of posters that juxtapose different neighborhood views of safety. The posters can be used as a model for visualizing competing stakeholder perspectives. 

Check out the posters here.

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The Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering (AUPE) is a public school in Bushwick with an urban planning theme-based curriculum.

Make the Road New York builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Funding Support

This project was made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and support from the Bay and Paul Foundations and the American Architectural Foundation’s Accent on Architecture program.

Special Thanks

Bruce (American Florist), Father Powls, Jhoanna (Rolos Bakery), Jose Lopez (Make the Road NY), Data and Eddy (Eddy’s Barber Shop), Nancy (Jorgy’s Things), Nereida (La Clinica de Belleza), Ana (El Divino Salvador), Mark Foggin, Prudence Katze, Komal Kehar, Anna Kostreva, Adriana Young, Alfred, Jaun and Martin.


  • CUP
  • Teaching Artist
  • Jonathan Bogarín
  • Project Lead
  • Valeria Mogilevich
  • Project Support
  • Rosten Woo
  • The Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering
    • Classroom Teacher
    • Aisha Haynes
  • Students
  • Sarika Barrow 
  • Adarka Bowen 
  • Samuel Cacaci 
  • Stevenson Catul 
  • Daixiolet Coakley 
  • Emmanuel Diaz 
  • Gabriela Guedes 
  • Tyrell Hughes 
  • Janery Nuñez 
  • Rodolfo Palacios 
  • Mickey Paul 
  • Nastasia Pellot 
  • Johnny Pizarro 
  • Michael Ruiz 
  • Lucano Saint Albord 
  • Tyshawn Simms 
  • Dominique Simms 
  • Kimberly Valentine 
  • Kerick Venzen

  • Project Coordinator
  • Joshua Lapidus


Nikki Chung