Bushwick is a neighborhood in the northern part of the borough. Bushwick is bound by Williamsburg to the west, East New York to the east, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville to the south, and Ridgewood, Queens to the north. Bushwick was once an independent town and has undergone various territorial changes throughout its history.
In 1638, the Dutch West India Company secured a deed from the local Lenape people for the Bushwick area, and Peter Stuyvesant, chartered the area in 1661, naming it "Boswijck," meaning "little town in the woods" or "Heavy Woods" in 17th century Dutch. Its area included the modern day communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint. Bushwick was the last of the original six Dutch towns of Brooklyn to be established within New Netherland. When Bushwick was founded, it was primarily an area for farming food and tobacco. As Brooklyn and New York City grew, factories that manufactured sugar, oil, and chemicals were built.
Bushwick is one of the newer hipster hangouts of Brooklyn. Bushwick has an abundance of rental apartments and a mix of great apartments and lofts to purchase as well. The neighborhood of is a unique combination of East Village types and Williamsburg Brooklyites meshing into an industrial setting of former factories, lofts and warehouses. A flourishing artist community has existed in Bushwick for decades and is still growing. Dozens of art studios and galleries are scattered throughout the neighborhood, between the JZ, M and L train lines, above and below Myrtle Avenue. Many of these artist spaces and properties that are available to rent and buy still retain many of the details found in those old lofts and converted warehouses.
Bushwick also has beautiful townhouses built by well-known architects and detached homes. Some of the architectural styles include Italianate, Neo-Greco, Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne. In addition to these classic dwellings, Bushwick now also has new construction with a presence of new condominiums.
If you are sort of young and self-identify as “cool,” you should give Bushwick a try. There are art galleries, performance spaces, cafés, bars and hip restaurants. There is also the Bushwick Green Park (former site of the Rheingold Beer factory) and the Bushwick Pool and Park.
Major subway stops include: Jefferson Street, DeKalb Avenue, Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues, Halsey Street, Wilson Ave, and Bushwick-Aberdeen on the BMT Canarsie Line (L); Central Avenue, Knickerbocker Avenue, Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues on the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line (M); and Flushing Av, Myrtle Avenue, Koscuisko Street, Gates Avenue, Halsey Street, Chauncey on the BMT Jamaica Line (J) and (Z).