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.