Bushwick is a neighborhood that was once synonymous with drugs and crime, but like other parts of Brooklyn it's enjoyed a rebirth over the past several years. It's now a gritty, fashionable place to live and has become the new hipster epicenter of New York. Vogue magazine somehow managed to scour every neighborhood on the planet and deemed this the seventh coolest in the world. Still, Bushwick isn't for the faint of heart: though crime has been dropping, it still suffers from occasional spurts of robberies and even some murders.
This area was originally settled by German immigrants who built large warehouses to brew beer. Today those warehouses have been renovated into loft apartments. You'll also find vinyl-sided townhouses, and old brick walk-ups.
Gentrification has brought in new restaurants, bars, and shops as well, so you'll have lots to do. This isn't a particularly green neighborhood although it does have several small parks.
Wall Street: 6 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 7.3 miles / 35-80 minutes by car / 45-55 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 12.3 miles / 45-90 minutes by car / 70 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 3.9 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
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