Awash in “Cool”
Vogue magazine has named Bushwick the 7th coolest neighborhood on the planet. Creative types of all kinds looking to escape the gentrification and rising prices of Williamsburg have tumbled over the border to wreak artistic havoc on this previously neglected nabe. A stroll down almost any block on its western end is like walking through a giant modern art gallery; entire facades of many of the one or two story warehouses are covered with fantastic murals. Hidden behind an unmarked door and up some stairs is perhaps a very low-key performance space or a cutting-edge gallery. Music venues and various informal performance spaces are everywhere. With over 50 galleries and hundreds of artist studios; Bushwick boasts the largest concentration of artists in the world. This is celebrated every June with Bushwick Open Studios, a 3 day arts and culture festival.
It’s said that a new bar, restaurant, or coffee shop opens every week in Bushwick, and it has become a foodie haven. One of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in New York, unassuming Roberta’s always has a line down the block and a long wait.
The housing stock in Bushwick consists mostly of relatively affordable 2-3 story walkups in low brick buildings or wood frame townhouses as well as industrial loft spaces. There are also new buildings popping up with higher price tags. Between Central Ave. and Evergreen Ave. and between George St. and Jefferson St., the enormous Reingold Brewery site is being developed to contain 1,000 new apartments and lots of retail space.