Located east of trendy Williamsburg, and voted 7th Coolest Neighborhood in the world by Vogue in 2014, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick is home to a community of creative, talented, and spirited individuals.

Filled with unexpected beauty, the vibrant yet industrial neighborhood of Bushwick mimics an immersive gallery as artistic residents paint the warehouses and buildings that line this hip and quirky neighborhood. Bushwick has also increasingly become a favored spot for those seeking more affordable rental options in New York City.


Offering a diverse selection of mouthwatering bites, Bushwick’s restaurant, bar, and cafe scene is prominent on every block. From fan favorites like Roberta’s Pizza to L’imprimerie’s freshly baked pastries and breads, plus new additions popping up almost every week, there is something for everyone to discover in Bushwick. With a strong sense of community, a network of local businesses, and street art around every corner, Bushwick is one of many colorful neighborhoods that make Brooklyn an exciting and alluring place to live.


The neighborhood of Bushwick originally belonged to the Carnarsee tribe of Lenape who specialized in fur trading and fishing. It later became a Dutch settlement called Boswijck, meaning “neighborhood in the woods.” The Dutch secured the deed for the land from the Lenape people in 1638 and used the area to farm food and tobacco, adapting the Native Americans’ trails into main roads for shipping goods. During the 1840s and 1850s, large numbers of Germans and Austrians came to the Brooklyn area and began opening breweries and beer halls. Thanks to the Germans, Bushwick developed a considerable brewery industry and was even called “the beer capital of the Northeast” for a period of time. The diverse population we see today comes in large part from the changing demographics throughout history. Following the German immigrants, Italian, Caribbean, African, and Puerto Rican people all took their turn migrating to Bushwick; each group bringing their own unique influence to the area. 


The neighborhood became more industrialized in the 1860s when sugar, chemical, and oil factories arose. Many of these abandoned factories have now been converted into lofts and restaurants giving Bushwick the industrial-chic vibe it has become known for. The neighborhood saw a period of decline after many of the breweries closed or moved out due to rising electric rates. Further devastated by the looting and burning that occurred during the New York City blackout of 1977, Bushwick saw a mass exodus, as stores closed and vacancy rates climbed. Bushwick became a forgotten neighborhood for many New Yorkers until the Bushwick Initiative of the early 2000s. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development addressed the deteriorated housing conditions, while the NYPD worked with the community to reduce drug dealing activities and related crimes. This revitalization led to an increase in economic prosperity and urban development. Today, Bushwick is a thriving neighborhood with a notable art scene and a wealth of local restaurants, bars, and shops.

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