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Get to know Bushwick

Stay on the L train past Williamsburg, and you’ll find yourself in Bushwick. A dynamic, ever-evolving neighborhood, Bushwick was considered an industrial hub long before it became Brooklyn’s perceived capital of cool—but more than any label can indicate, it exudes a genuine sense of community. Most of its borders are well-established—Ridgewood, Queens to the northeast, Bedford-Stuyvesant across Broadway to the southwest—though others are more amorphous. Flushing Avenue forms the traditional boundary with East Williamsburg, though many restaurants and residents across it still consider themselves part of Bushwick. Simply put, it’s just a place where people want to be. Most residential streets are lined with row houses no more than three floors high, mingling with warehouse lofts, townhouses, or brownstones, depending on where you are. You’ll get a bird's-eye view of it all from the elevated M, J, and Z lines.

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Bushwick Commerce & Culture

You’ll discover what’s most eye-catching about Bushwick architecture may not be the buildings themselves but what’s on them. Street art adorns about every outdoor surface you can think of, with technicolor murals that capture the imagination of tourists and locals alike. Historically, the neighborhood was dominated by factories, including a 14-block “Brewer’s Row” that once helped Brooklyn bottle an estimated 30% of America’s beer—today's breweries are all of the craft variety. Food lovers from all over owe it to themselves to take a bite out of Bushwick. It’s just as likely that an excellent meal will present itself at a cinderblock hole-in-the-wall as in a Michelin-starred restaurant, and you’ll find both and everything in between. Bars and music venues are almost in excess—your new favorite haunt could as readily be on main drags like Knickerbocker or Wyckoff Avenue as it could on any side street.