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About the Neighborhood


In 1638, the Dutch West India Company secured a large land deed from the local Lenape people. Later, in 1661, Peter Stuyvesant charted the area that would have contained the modern-day communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint as Boswijck, meaning “little town in the wood” in 17th-century Dutch.

Following the war, a changing economy and influx of migrants began to reshape Bushwick’s cultural fabric. The neighborhood was particularly devastated during the New York City blackout of 1977 when fires, looting, and vandalism destroyed many businesses in the city’s commercial hub along Broadway. It wouldn’t be until the mid-2000s that resources began flowing into Bushwick in the forms of housing and quality-of-life programs designed to lift the neighborhood from the poverty and crime that had become rampant.

Today, Bushwick has not only become home to a thriving artist community with dozens of studios and galleries dotting its landscape, but was also recognized by Vogue as one of the world's coolest neighborhoods. Many New Yorkers will also testify that this neighborhood, the little sister of hip neighbor Williamsburg, boasts the best Latin food in all of New York City. Many, however, will agree that Bushwick boasts convenience other neighborhoods only dream of with 91% of houses within a quarter mile of a park and over 97% within half a mile of a subway.

Transportation


Bushwick is serviced by the J, L, M, and Z trains on three primary lines running through the neighborhood (BMT Jamaica Line, MBT Myrtle Avenue Line, and BMT Canarsie Line). Bushwick also offers a state-of-the-art transportation center at the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue Station for both subway and bus access. 

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Restaurants


Bushwick has easily become one of NYC’s premier locations—for art, for music and, increasingly, for food. Ever since pioneering pizzeria-restaurant Roberta’s (first on our list) opened in 2008, Bushwick’s dining scene has grown increasingly impressive, now drawing foodies from every borough.
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Roberta’s 261 Moore Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
718.417.1118
http://www.robertaspizza.com/
Taqueria Izucar 1503 Myrtle Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
718.456.0569
http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-izucar-brooklyn
Arepera Guacuco Restaurant 4 Irving Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
347.305.3300
http://www.areperaguacuco.com/
Bunna Café 1084 Flushing Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
347.295.2227
http://bunnaethiopia.net/bunna/index.php
Momo Sushi Shack 43 Bogart Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
718.418.6666
http://www.momosushishack.com/#private-dining_undefined

Nightlife


Given the ragtag history of the ‘nabe, it’s no surprise that Bushwick dive bars are plentiful. These single-room affairs provide the perfect location for those looking for a night with a heavy pour on fun but without the heavy pretense and $14 cocktail crowd (sorry Manhattan). And, to be honest, you could probably still find a $14 drink.

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The Cobra Club 6 Wyckoff Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
917.719.1138
http://cobraclubbk.com/
Tutu’s 25 Bogart St,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
718.456.7898
 
http://www.tutusbrooklyn.com/
Heavy Woods 50 Wyckoff Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
929.234.3500
https://heavywoodsbar.wordpress.com/about/
The Bodega 24 St Nicholas Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
347.305.3344
 
https://thebodegawinebar.wordpress.com/
Happyfun Hideaway 1211 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
917.999.8282
https://www.facebook.com/HappyfunHideaway

Entertainment


Alongside delicious restaurants, corner bars and art galleries, small boutiques and shops present more than what first meets the eye. Shopkeepers from all trades have carved out their nooks in this Brooklyn nabe, and there’s a store for just about everyone. From classic comic book shops to trendy vintage stores, the variety of place you can mosey around in Bushwick is astounding. After you’re done hitting the shops, green parks and playgrounds throughout this neighborhood present the perfect place to lie down and relax under the Brooklyn sun.

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Maria Hernandez Park Knickerbocker Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/maria-hernandez-park
Shops at the Loom 1087 Flushing Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
718.417.1616
http://www.shopsattheloom.com/
Molasses Books 770 Hart St,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
347.715.5305
https://www.facebook.com/MolassesBooks/
Better than Jam 20 Grattan St,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
929.295.0894
http://www.betterthanjamnyc.com/
House of Yes 2 Wyckoff Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
http://houseofyes.org/

Art


While Bushwick’s art scene is not new, it is turning a definitive corner. Dozens of galleries have taken over rusty factories, Dominican botanicas and auto-parts stores. And, while you won’t see packs of high-end art buyers crossing the East River to wander these galleries, intrepid collectors from Manhattan are absolutely making the journey. Of course, there are some pretty amazing artist-run boutique shops as well.

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Microscope Gallery 1329 Willoughby Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
http://www.microscopegallery.com/
Outlet 253 Wilson Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11237
http://www.outletbk.com/gallery
Momenta Art 56 Bogart St,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
718.218.8058
http://momentaart.org/
Centotto Gallery: Paul D’Agostino 250 Moore St,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
917.744.4841
http://centotto.com/
Silent Barn 603 Bushwick Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
929.234.6060
http://silentbarn.org/
Victori + Mo 56 Bogart Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
http://victorimo.com/

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