Bushwick Neighborhood

Maison Cornelia in 1940s

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.

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 “neighborhood in the woods” in 17th-century Dutch.Its area included the modern-day communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint. 

In the 19th century, the neighborhood became a community of German immigrants and their descendants. The 20th century saw an influx of Italian immigrants and Italian-Americans up to the 1980s. By the late 20th century, the neighborhood became predominantly Hispanic as another wave of immigrants arrived.

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.

Bushwick is one of the fastest changing neighborhoods in Brooklyn. A village founded by the Dutch then occupied and urbanized in the 19th century by Italian immigrants, it has long been an industrial district, famous for its beer factories.

Today it is both occupied by the Hispanic community and increasingly popular with artists and hipsters. It is especially the large street art murals that attract amateurs today. But this district has other nice surprises in store.