From Andrew Karpan’s article for Bushwick Daily:
Meryl Meisler took the teaching job to make ends meet. The job was at Roland Hayes Intermediate, a junior high school that’s still on Palmetto Street, but when Meisler was there, it was 1981, just a few years after a series of fires had turned large sections of the neighborhood to rubble. The rubble is the primary character in Meisler’s latest work—a book called New York PARADISE LOST Bushwick Era Disco that’s coming out next month and is the subject of a gallery show next week in Chelsea. Underneath it are the remains of a neighborhood that had been home to a vibrant Puerto Rican community and when it would be cleared away, it would be replaced by today’s Bushwick, where the colorful streaks of graffiti only hint at what had been.