Neighborhood: Bushwick (including Flushing Avenue, Broadway, Knickerbocker Avenue and the Cemetery of the Evergreens)
Population: 81,805 people. 62,703 people per square mile. Population Density of Brooklyn: 34,917 people per square mile
Adjacent Neighborhoods: Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ridgewood Queens, East New York and Brownsville
Public Transit: L at Jefferson Street and Dekalb Avenue, J/M/Z at Myrtle, J at Kosciuszko, J/Z at Gates, M at Central, Knickerbocker Avenue, L/M at Myrtle Wyckoff avenues
What’s Here?: One of the biggest Dominican and Puerto Rican enclaves in the city, the population is largely Hispanic and black. Population spillover from the insanely popular and hip Williamsburg has meant a lot of changes for Bushwick in recent years. You can find vegan pop-up restaurants, art galleries and even an annual film festival among the expected industrial warehouses and South American dives.
Flat or Tall?: Most of the buildings in Bushwick were built before 1939 and the area is relatively flat. Row houses and town houses make up most of the rental properties. Parts of Bushwick are very industrial, and it is not uncommon to find a warehouse converted into living spaces.
History: Some of the roads traversed by hipsters and artists on their bikes today are actually trails cut by Native Americans. Taken over by the Dutch, the land became food and tobacco farms, and then transitioned into an industrial hotspot. The neighborhood regressed in the late 1970s after dramatic rioting, but within the last decade, the City has poured resources into the neighborhood to rebuild and improve.
Activities: If there is a hip party to be had, it is most likely in Bushwick. The more affordable sibling of popular Williamsburg, Bushwick has no shortage of galleries to check out, performance art, vegan food and some of the most alluring restaurants with the power to draw even Manhattan foodies.
Check it out: For farm to table, new-American Brooklyn dining, have any meal of the day at Northeast Kingdom. Some say it’s one of the best restaurants in the City. Others say Roberta’s serves up the best pizza to be had in New York go expecting to wait at least an hour to feast on their brick oven wonders. Dun-Well’s vegan donuts and delicacies also draw the crowds in from other boroughs at all hours of the day.