Location: Northwestern Brooklyn. Bushwick is bordered by (East) Williamsburg to the northwest, Ridgewood, Queens to the northeast, Bedford-Stuyvesant to the southwest and various cemeteries to the southeast.
Character: Bushwick's northern / western side is semi-industrial and still rather desolate, although the part close to Knickerbocker Avenue has some traditional row houses.
Demographics: Generally speaking, Bushwick is a poor (as made evident by the abundance of 99c shops, check-cashing services, and low-end clothing stores along Knickerbocker Avenue), majority-Hispanic neighborhood with small enclaves of young, mostly non-Hispanic middle-class residents who have overwhelmingly moved here since 2001. About 20% of the neighborhood's residents receive public assistance (not including Medicaid-only recipients).
Currently, two new groups are moving in - the artsy crowd moving into former (or current) warehouses around the Morgan Avenue L stop and families taking up residence along Knickerbocker Avenue. These newcomers (particularly, former Manhattan and Williamsburg residents) bring with them a demand for more services and stores. It should be noted, however, that far from everyone is excited to see the newly arrived "hipsters" invade this low-end locale: some residents are openly and vocally opposed to gentrification (on the grounds that it displaces current residents).
Apartments & Real Estate
Above Flushing Ave, in the vicinity of the Morgan Ave L stop, there are many industrial lofts, many of them seemingly raw. This attracts young artists (and people who think of themselves as such). Below Flushing Ave, traditional apartments are available for very reasonable prices.
Selected Rental Buildings
See all Bushwick Rental Apartment Buildings (36 buildings)
Selected No-Fee Rental Listings
See all Bushwick No-Fee Rental Apartments (13 total)
Condo & Co-op Buildings
See all Bushwick Condo Apartment Buildings (7 buildings)
See our list of Bushwick Co-op Apartment Buildings (7 buildings)
Originally a working-class German and Irish immigrant neighborhood, Bushwick deteriorated steadily throughout the 60s and 70s as the original population was moving out. Crime was increasing rapidly, drugs gradually came to be sold more or less openly and arsons were frequent. The neighborhood, by then already one of the most violent and drug-riddled, was damaged further during the blackout looting and arsons of 1977: many stores, particularly along Broadway, were burned to the ground. And in the 1980s, the crack epidemic brought even more problems to Bushwick.
Although the neighborhood saw some residential construction in the 1990s, it remained poor and crime-infested. Around 2000, however, a putative break with the past was already on the horizon. Fleeing the rapid gentrification of Williamsburg, new quasi-middle class residents (mostly white and recent college graduates) began to settle in Bushwick, and the neighborhood quickly attained the status of the new "edgy" place in the city.
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