The neighborhood of Bushwick was chartered in 1661 and originally named Boswijck, a Dutch term meaning “little town in the woods” or “heavy woods.” The township included the modern-day communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, and was founded as an area for farming food and tobacco. Bushwick later became an industrial hub and was home to several breweries at the turn of the 20th century. Today, the neighborhood shares a border with Ridgewood, Queens to the northeast, Broadway on the southeast, Broadway on the southwest, and the Cemetery of the Evergreens on the southeast. The rise of real estate prices in surrounding areas such as Williamsburg has caused young professionals and artists to flock to this formerly industrial area, which was recently named the 7th coolest neighborhood in the world by Vogue.
As the arts community continues to flourish in Bushwick, real estate prices are on the rise as well. Sales prices have appreciated 130.4% over the last 5 years, with the average price per square foot reaching $638, 8.5% higher than the average for Brooklyn. The median rent for a 1-bedroom is $2,000, which is much higher than in in 2012, but still a bargain considering 1-bedrooms go for $3,100 in nearby Williamsburg. Living alongside the Bushwick’s artists and young professionals are a sizeable Hispanic population, mostly comprised of Dominican and Puerto Rican origin. This lively, community-oriented neighborhood also contains a major commercial center along Knickerbocker Avenue.
Bushwick is becoming an increasingly popular dining destination – 11 new restaurants opened in March of this year alone. Neighborhood staples like Roberta’s and Northeast Kingdom have been recently joined by the Appalachian-influence Montana’s Trail House, Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen, the Ethiopian Bunna Cafe, and many more. Fritzl’s Lunch Box is home to one of NY Eater’s best burgers in Brooklyn, and Tutu’s is an equally great option for those looking for a craft cocktail or draught beer to accompany their burger.
While there are many galleries to visit, including Outlet on Wilson Avenue and Storefront Ten Eyck near the Williamsburg border, street art by The Bushwick Collective is a must-see as well. Walk along Jefferson Street starting at Wyckoff and continue toward Saint Nicholas Avenue to see murals from artists around the world. The Collective’s annual block party takes place in early June, and is the perfect opportunity to explore Bushwick’s street art scene. Nightlife options include Lot 45 and Bossa Nova Civic Club; those looking for a more laid-back night should try Miles or The Rookery.
If you’re thinking of moving to this vibrant, ever-changing neighborhood, please get in touch with me – I would be happy to help you find a home in Bushwick.