The Colossal Guide to Bushwick

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With hundreds of artist studios, over 50 galleries, and corridor after corridor of colorful, world-renowned street art, Bushwick outstrips all other NYC neighborhoods for DIY cultural cachet.

But Bushwick is more than an open-air art gallery: Events like death metal yoga, disco brunch, and all-night raves occur on the regular, the Queen (Bey) has set foot on these very streets, and “that new bar” is Bushwick’s middle name.

The thing is, the hot spots are hyper-concentrated instead of being evenly distributed — less like the fudge in a pint of Chunky Monkey, more like a dense fudge core. The amateur explorer might have a harder time here than in Williamsburg.

That’s where we come in. Most Colossal employees live in Bushwick, and the rest party there at least once a month. We asked the resident experts to round up their choicest picks so you can do this great hood right.

Best of Nightlife

“Blame it on Hannah Horvath: She came, she partied, and she left in her wake an explosive Bushwick bar scene. Now, the neighborhood of warehouses, bodegas, and Spanish soul-food restaurants is crawling with crowds.”– New York Magazine

Background image: Party at House of Yes (via)

“My favorite bars are Cobra Club and Pearl’s. The Keep is good, too; it’s like an antique shop inside and there’s live jazz on Wednesdays.”

– Charlie, Painter

“Rebecca’s is a fun, really small dive, with weird purple lighting. Last time I left here everything looked green.”

– Dio, Shop Technician

On the Scene

If you’re curious about the scene but you can’t make it out here, or if you think staying up til 4 AM sounds like torture, don’t worry — we brought Bushwick’s nightlife to you.

Best of Food

“The erstwhile hipster vortex of Williamsburg is starting to feel no more funky and arty than the Upper West Side, while Bushwick spots like Faro, El Cortez and Lorenzo’s suggest that seat-of-your-pants creative energy has moved decidedly eastward.”– New York Times

Background image: Patrons at Montana’s Trail House (via)

“There’s a pizza at Sapore di Italia that’s so good, my friend and I just call it ‘The Pizza.’ It’s got pepperoni, jalapeño, capicola, and prosciutto.”

– Nicole, Pattern Manager

“Tina’s Place is the diner where they filmed the Deuce. You walk in there and it’s like they haven’t changed anything since the ‘60s.”

– Dio, Shop Technician

Best of Art

“Because of its growth and buzz, Bushwick is now at the leading edge of the New York art world, whose white-hot center over the last four decades has migrated from Soho to Chelsea to the Lower East Side to Williamsburg.”– Gotham Magazine

Background image: Street Art by D*Face (via)

“This neighborhood is arguably the coolest place on the planet.”– New York Times

“Between hipsters moving further and further along the L line and a dearth of office space throughout the borough, Bushwick is primed to explode as a commercial district.”– Brooklyn Paper

The Gig Is Up: Freelancers, too, have a wealth of options; Bushwick boasts over 27 different coworking and desk-sharing spaces.

Pictured left: Brooklyn Desks (via)

Business as Unusual

The unmistakable cool factor has caught the eyes of major corporations. Livestream was the first major tech tenant to move to Bushwick, then came Carto. And in 2015 alone, developers added 3.5 million square feet of office space to the neighborhood.

Background image: Carto DB office (via)

Celebrity Sightings

Bjork materializes out of nowhere like an Icelandic nymph. She’s been seen at the The Wick music venue, artisanal Dun-Well Donuts, and a Ru Paul’s Drag Race viewing party at the Rosemont.

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Hillary and Bill Clinton have all been to Roberta’s, the only restaurant in Brooklyn celebrities outnumber celiacs. We hope they ordered the Bee Sting, a pizza drenched with hot honey.

Kanye West filmed a short movie inspired by American Psycho on a Brooklyn Fire Proof soundstage.

Best of Fashion

“As far as buzz goes, few neighborhoods garner as much attention—globally—as Bushwick. Believe the hype.”– Vogue

Background image: Block parties in Bushwick

“Green Village Used Clothing is like an SNL skit; two brothers own it and they’re always yelling at each other.”

– Prue, Manager Client Services

“Worship is a good vintage store, if you’re into that sort of thing.”

– Dio, Shop Technician