Bushwick is a neighborhood in the northern part of Brooklyn, New York, and runs from Flushing Avenue to Broadway to Conway Street and the Cemetery of the Evergreens. Dutch settlers in 1638 named the area Boswijck, meaning "town in the woods." From Dutch, the area became predominantly Scandinavian and French, then German in the late 18th Century and Italian in the 20th, profiting from its small breweries which operated within a fourteen-block area known as "brewer's row." Lots of creative types have been setting up residence in Bushwick, and all kinds of trendiness filters in from its avant-garde Western neighbor, Williamsburg. New bars, bodegas, and gallery spaces continue to appear, fueled by the mass of young creatives pouring into the area’s converted loft spaces. Although Bushwick is busy reinventing itself, the industrial edginess of the area remains apparent.
Bushwick is full of apartments for rent and apartments for sale, with plenty of previously industrial lofts and warehouses. Several of these, like the McKibbin and Opera House Lofts, have been converted to live/work spaces, as well as artists’ studios. New construction condo and rental developments have also begun to rise in Bushwick, and many of these luxury buildings, including Colony 1209 on Dekalb Avenue, boast amenities such as a fitness centers, doormen and roof decks. Several of Bushwick’s newer apartments still retain many of the details found in the neighborhood’s old lofts and converted warehouses, particularly high ceilings and generous layouts. There are also plenty of detached homes and townhouses for sale in Bushwick, representing a wide range of architectural styles, many from prominent architects, such as Queen Anne, Neo-Greco, Italianate and Romanesque Revival.
The neighborhood continues to reflect it’s progressive population with new bars, coffee shops, organic markets, vintage boutiques, art galleries, yoga studios and performance spaces arriving weekly. The Morgan Avenue L train stop is particularly booming with new hipster bars like Pine Box Rock Shop, Kings County Bar and The Narrows. Vintage stores like Urban Jungle and Green Village are scattered throughout the neighborhood. Northeast Kingdom, a rustic diner at Wyckoff Avenue and Troutman Street, was voted the #1 farm-to-table restaurant in NYC by the Village Voice. The Silent Barn on Bushwick Avenue is a multi-functional, all-ages art incubation space, which operates a daily events venue facilitating music, performing arts, and other events. On Central Avenue, Low Brow Artique carries the largest assortment of Montana spray paint in the New York Metropolitan area, as well as an assortment of hand-printed and home-made goods from local Bushwick artists. In addition to the burgeoning creative scene, Bushwick has amenities of all kinds to offer, including Maria Hernandez Park and the Bushwick Pool and Park, which features a large pool, children’s pool and playground, and handball and basketball courts.
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