Bushwick Neighborhood Review

Ruth Shin



If you want the artist vibe, energy, and youthfulness of Williamsburg, but don't want the cost, then head over to Bushwick.

A neighborhood perpetually teetering between genuine Brooklyn grunginess and gentrification, Bushwick has all the ingredients for a proper "hip" Brooklyn area. Where else can you find a plethora of graffiti art, studios, and galleries, or a brand new coffee shop or bar opening up every week?  

Bushwick is a massive neighborhood, larger than most and covers territories that border East Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Queens, Bed-Stuy, Ocean Hill, and Cypress Hills, meaning there are going to be a lot of different vibes in each section. You get a mix of industrial and a few different types of residential areas, which vary from very busy with a mix of retails to more quaint and almost suburban. 

Fun Fact: Once considered a separate town in Kings County, Bushwick became part of Brooklyn in 1869.

Local Buzz

Celebrities that lives in Bushwick neighborhood:

Celebrity Notes
Penn Badgley Actor, Musician

Public Transportation

The J, Z, and L trains run near the borders of Bushwick, with the L coming in from the northern corner and passing around the eastern borders and wrapping down to the southern tip. The J/Z line runs simply from the western corner straight down Broadway to the southern corner, while the M train runs straight east and west along Myrtle to Ridgewood and back.

There are plenty of buses that travel across Bushwick almost in a grid-like manner.

While you may find people on bicycles, this is not one of the most bike-friendly areas where bike lanes are scarce and other bike routes are nonexistent.

Subways J, M, Z, L
Buses B24, B26, B38, B52, B54, B57, B58



Bushwick is home to a thriving restaurant and bar scene, particularly in the northern areas near East Williamsburg and neighborhoods bordering Ridgewood, following the L line, with the trendier and pricier establishments being to the northern border.

Tons of amazing restaurants have popped up around the neighborhood like the Faro, an upscale Italian restaurant, the famous Roberta's for pizza on the northern border of East Williamsburg, the scrumptious vegan Ethiopian place--Bunna Cafe, authentic Mexican tacos from Tortilleria Los Hermanos, Ichiran and Momo Sushi Shack for your Japanese fill and so much more! Bars and coffee shops number even higher.

Average Rental Prices

Much of Bushwick is considered affordable especially in comparison to Williamsburg and East Williamsburg, but rental prices have been steadily rising. Look for units closer to Ridgewood or Cypress Hills for best pricing.

Because of the huge variation in the urban landscape in the neighborhood, you can find anything from a classic Brooklyn loft to apartments in multi-family homes.

Many new developments have popped up in the northern territories and areas near Bed-Stuy and Ridgewood, particularly close to the Myrtle-Wyckoff train station. Expect prices to rise in apartments close to the J/M/Z especially with the temporary shutdown of the L across the tunnel.

Studio 1 Bedroom 2 Bedrooms 3 Bedrooms
$2,020 $2,110 $2,400 $2,890


Public & Charter Schools

As Bushwick has a lot of groundcover in Brooklyn, there are bound to be a large number of schools serving the area.

While this area has been seen as a hipster haven in the past decade or so, it's still home to numerous families with school-age children. T

he entirety of the neighborhood is contained within school geographic district 32. District 32 has generally suffered with low test score and poor performance. However, stats show that the performance has been steadily rising over the past several years. Bushwick's most notable public option are PS 376 (K-5) and IS 383 Phillipa Schuyler

Schools Notes
Academy for Environmental Leadership Public • Grades 9-12
347 students • 19 student/teacher
Academy of Urban Planning Public • Grades 9-12
280 students • 13 student/teacher
Achievement First Bushwick Charter School Charter • Grades K-12
1030 students • Unknown student/teacher
All City Leadership Secondary School Public • Grades 6-12
356 students • Unknown student/teacher
Brooklyn School For Math And Research Public • Grades 9-12
249 students • Unknown student/teacher
Bushwick Ascend Charter School Charter • Grades K-5
630 students • Unknown student/teacher
Bushwick Community High School Public • Grades 10, 12
194 students • 17 student/teacher
Bushwick Leaders High School for Academic Excellence Public • Grades 9-12
321 students • 14 student/teacher
Bushwick School for Social Justice Public • Grades 9-12
404 students • 14 student/teacher
EBC High School for Public Service-Bushwick Public • Grades 9-12
518 students • 17 student/teacher
Is 347 School Of Humanities Public • Grades 6-8
327 students • 11 student/teacher
Is 349 Math Science And Technology Public • Grades 6-8
364 students • 13 student/teacher
Jhs 162 The Willoughby Public • Grades 6-8
476 students • 13 student/teacher
Jhs 291 Roland Hayes Public • Grades 6-8
398 students • 12 student/teacher
Jhs 383 Philippa Schuyler Public • Grades 5-8
920 students • 20 student/teacher
Ps 106 Edward Everett Hale Public • Grades PK-5
553 students • 11 student/teacher
Ps 116 Elizabeth L Farrell Public • Grades K-5
522 students • 12 student/teacher
Ps 120 Carlos Tapia Public • Grades PK-5
467 students • 12 student/teacher
Ps 123 Suydam Public • Grades PK-5
819 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 145 Andrew Jackson Public • Grades PK-5
781 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 151 Lyndon B Johnson Public • Grades PK-5
338 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 274 Kosciusko Public • Grades PK-5
555 students • 12 student/teacher
Ps 299 Thomas Warren Field School Public • Grades PK-5
351 students • 11 student/teacher
Ps 376 Public • Grades K-5
602 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 377 Alejandina B De Gautier Public • Grades PK-8
484 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 45 Horace E Greene Public • Grades PK-8
849 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 75 Mayda Cortiella Public • Grades PK-5
514 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 86 The Irvington Public • Grades K-5
440 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps Is 384 Frances E Carter Public • Grades PK-8
693 students • 13 student/teacher
Urban Assembly New York Harbor School Public • Grades 9-12
422 students • Unknown student/teacher

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