When I decided I was going to move to New York City as a single, young college grad, there was really just one option for the neighborhood I would choose to call home: Bushwick, Brooklyn.
My neighbors in this trendy area all escaped the city to inhabit the best neighborhood they could afford. With over 100,009 people, residents demand a new edge to their lives in the area just next to Williamsburg.
Who are the people who have built Bushwick? When Williamsburg got too expensive, everyone moved east. Try to envision majority Caucasians, late 20s early 30 year old adults wearing vintage clothing who brunch and sit in coffee shops for hours and discuss the meaning of life. Or as some people may call them, hipsters.
Bushwick restaurants like Northwoods Kingdom offer high quality of ingredients with a laid back environment. And how could you not mention the award winning pizzeria Roberta’s? I once ran into Zosia Mamet at Tutu’s, which has the best fries I have ever eaten in my life. She was living in a Bushwick brownstone at the time.
Built in an industrial neighborhood, the businesses that have sprouted up here in the past few years blend in with the architecture of the grungy hood, but also feel comfortable, and special in their own way. The graffiti will blow you away. One morning, I passed a group of locals who were commenting about how upset they were that the city now offers walking "street art" tours. It was interesting to hear stories from bar owners about how fast the area has grown.
In this neighborhood, you feel like you are all in the same boat and the bar tender on the corner will remember your drink of choice. You will also learn a lot about beer, craft brews and IPA may just grow on you.
Bushwick = Laundromat life, craft cocktails, yoga, tattoos, dancing, neighborhood arts festivals. And I could never forget the delicious heros made any way you want from the organic grocer.
The name of the neighborhood at the time of the original settlement by German brewers was “Boswijck” which translates to "heavy woods" My favorite bar “Heavy Woods on Wyckoff and Willoughby draws in the modern Bushwick scene every night. Although people may complain about the “gentrification” of the neighborhood, I would say there is no better escape from the unreasonably priced apartments in Manhattan to live in a place where artists and artisans have built an inspiring neighborhood.
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