It’s Quiet Here

The route from Manhattan to Bushwick on the L train, just a few stops away from the East Village.

The route from Manhattan to Bushwick on the L train, just a few stops away from the East Village.

Off the Morgan stop, Bogart seems to be the only strip of land in sight with life on the streets.

Off the Morgan stop, Bogart seems to be the only strip of land in sight with life on the streets.

The only color to be seen in the neighborhood is a dramatic difference from the bleak aesthetic of the streets and buildings.

The only color to be seen in the neighborhood is a dramatic difference from the bleak aesthetic of the streets and buildings.

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On one side of, inches away from apartments and housing on McKibbon Street

On one side of McKibbon Street, inches away from apartments and housing.

Directly across the street on McKibbon

Directly across the street on McKibbon, where children play.

Residents say that several times a week cars parked on streets like Moore (pictured) are broken into, hence the shattered glass on the curbside.

Residents say that several times a week cars parked on streets like Moore (pictured) are broken into, hence the shattered glass on the curbside.

The Archive is the coffee shop and social spot for residents to go to escape their living or work spaces. Perhaps to remind them that they're not the only ones living and breathing, as the remote area might suggest!

The Archive is the coffee shop and social spot for residents to go to escape their living or work spaces. Perhaps to remind them that they're not the only ones living and breathing, as the remote area might suggest!

It certainly is off the Morgan stop in Bushwick. (piece of art hung in The Archive)

It certainly is off the Morgan stop in Bushwick. (piece of art hung in The Archive)

Bushwick is a neighborhood in the northeastern part of Brooklyn, bounded by East Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy. It’s now part of Brooklyn Community Board 4.

Walking the streets off the Morgan stop off the L train, it seemed odd that street life was at such a minimum after hearing so much “hype” surrounding the area. This part of Brooklyn is known to house artists, musicians, twenty-somethings who can’t afford or don’t want to be in Manhattan anymore. Richard, a 29 year old photo artist from Ireland, says “I like that it’s bleak. It reminds me of Berlin. It’s inspiring.” When asked why he moved to the area, he adds “I don’t like this area, really. A bunch of struggling hipster artists who think they’re Jesus. But you can do your work. Nobody’s looking at you, because everybody else is like you.”

I spoke to some of the residents in the local coffee house, The Archive. According to some, the only activity going on outside of the lofty spaces where artists work, are rooftop parties. Which seem to be frequent in this neighborhood on the tops of the century-old knitting factories along Moore and McKibbon. Erin, an employee at The Archive, says “it seems like the population has doubled in the last five years. It’s constantly evolving. Hopefully now we can just clean it up a bit.”

This artist dwelling caters to those who need lots of open space to work and live. But outside of the home, there’s not much to see.

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