Bushwick in New York City

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Brownstones and apartment buldings on Bushwick Avenue © Noremacmada

Brownstones and apartment buldings on Bushwick Avenue © Noremacmada

Bushwick is a working-class neighborhood in the northern part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is bounded by the neighborhood of Ridgewood, Queens, to the northeast; Williamsburg to the northwest; East New York and the cemeteries of Highland Park to the southeast; Brownsville to the south; and Bedford-Stuyvesant to the southwest.

The town was first founded by Europeans during the Dutch colonization of the Americas in the 17th century. In the 19th century, the neighborhood became a community of Germanic immigrants and their descendants; by the late 20th century, it became predominantly Hispanic as another wave of immigrants arrived. Formerly Brooklyn’s 18th Ward, the neighborhood was once an independent town and has undergone various territorial changes throughout its history.

Row houses on Weirfield Street © Robertafelice/cc-by-sa-3.0 Brick row houses on Weirfield Street © Robertafelice/cc-by-sa-3.0 Brownstones and apartment buldings on Bushwick Avenue © Noremacmada Irving Square Park © Jim.henderson Knickerbocker Avenue © Noremacmada Maria Hernandez Park entrance © Barbara Hubert
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Brownstones and apartment buldings on Bushwick Avenue © Noremacmada
Since 2000, the rise of real estate prices in nearby Manhattan has made the neighborhood more attractive to younger professionals. In the wake of reduced crime rates citywide and a shortage of affordable housing in nearby neighborhoods such as Park Slope and Williamsburg, numerous young professionals and artists have moved into converted warehouse lofts, brownstones, limestone-brick townhouses, and other renovated buildings in Bushwick. A flourishing artist community has existed in Bushwick for decades and has become more visible in the neighborhood. Dozens of art studios and galleries are scattered throughout the neighborhood. Several open studios programs are conducted that enable the public to visit artist studios and galleries, and several websites are devoted to promoting neighborhood art and events. Bushwick artists display their works in galleries and private spaces throughout the neighborhood. The borough’s first and only trailer park, a 20-person art collective established by founder, Hayden Cummings and ZenoRadio’s Baruch Herzfeld, was established within a former nut roasting factory for live/work spaces. A Bushwick-centered news site, entitled Bushwick Daily, was founded in 2009, and features community issues, events, food, art and culture.

Starting in the mid-2000s, the city and state governments began the Bushwick Initiative, a two-year pilot program spearheaded by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and various community projects. The group’s goal was to improve quality of life in the twenty-three square blocks surrounding Maria Hernandez Park through various programs such as addressing deteriorated housing conditions, increasing economic development opportunities, and reducing drug dealing activities. The group’s crime-reduction activities included collaboration with the HPD’s Narcotics Control Unit and the New York City Police Department’s 83rd Precinct and Narcotics Division to reduce drug-dealing. In addition, to reduce lead hazards in buildings, HPD and DOHMH created a grant program focusing on residential buildings in the initiative’s coverage area, which resulted in fines for dozens of landlords with lead paint hazards. The Bushwick Initiative’s economic development efforts were also focused on revitalizing the Knickerbocker Avenue commercial district, and adding a thousand rat-resistant public trash cans to reduce litter. In 2019, the New York City Department of City Planning released a Bushwick rezoning plan covering 300 city blocks. The plan would allow for high-density development on Broadway and Myrtle and Wyckoff Avenues.

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