Bushwick is a working-class neighborhood located in the northern part of Brooklyn. The area is surrounded by Ridgewood, Queens from the northeast, Brownsville from the south, Williamsburg from the northwest, and East New York from the southeast. The neighborhood was founded by the Europeans in the 17th century.
It became a Germanic community in the 19th century and by the late 20th century Bushwick turned to a Hispanic community. Primary zip codes of the neighborhood are 11206, 11207, 11221, and 11237. It is known as an affordable sibling of Williamsburg. Despite all this, some parts of Bushwick are still industrial.
Knickerbocker Avenue and the Cemetery of the Evergreens, and Bushwick (including Flushing Avenue, Broadway.
Brownsville, Williamsburg, East New York, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ridgewood Queens.
As of 2010, the population of Bushwick was 129,239 with a density of 21,000/km2 (55,000/sq mi).
In 1638, present-day Bushwick was acquired by the Dutch West India Company from the local Lenape people. In 1661, the name of the area was ‘Boswijck’ meaning ‘neighborhood in the woods’. In its early days, Bushwick was a land for farming tobacco and food. In the 1840s and 1850s, the neighborhood became an area of German immigrants. By 1890, Bushwick established a brewery industry including Brewer's Row.
After World War I, Italians headed towards the neighborhood and replaced Germans who remained a dominant group until the 1950s. After WWII, Caribbean American and African American families began to move in Bushwick. And in a decade, the 90% White population of the neighborhood reduced to less than 40%.
Higher transport fares and energy drink costs forced beer companies to shift outside Bushwick. During the 1970s, the area was running with public assistance and welfare support. The crime rate increased due to unemployment among poor residents. After the blackout, Caribbean and those who could afford to leave left the neighborhood. During the 1980s and 1990s, Bushwick remained a place of poverty, crime and drugs.
Start of 21st century breathed a new life in the neighborhood as the Bushwick Initiative began in which many programs started to improve the life quality of the neighborhood. Nowadays, the area is a mixture of Hispanic and Whites along with other low-income migrants.
The neighborhood is located to the north of Brooklyn, so you can reach here through L train.
Buildings - Flat or Tall?
Most of the buildings in Bushwick are flat as they were built before the 1940s. Rental apartments are mostly townhouses and row houses. As discussed before, a smaller portion of the neighborhood is industrial and it is not much difficult to find a warehouse here.
Check it out
Enjoy any meal of the day in the Northeast Kingdom and according to some, it is one of the best restaurants in the city. And according to few, Roberta's has the best pizza in town. Don’t miss the delicious vegan doughnuts of Dun-Well.
For hip party lovers, Bushwick is an ideal place. There is no shortage of art galleries to check out here. You will find plenty of performance art, alluring restaurants, and vegan food in this neighborhood.