Bushwick Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide

Learn why people are moving to this neighborhood and find exciting places to eat, drink, and play. Explore getting around, local parks, nightlife, and much more.
Editors Rating (3.5 stars out of 5)
7.2 Overall
Average Rent Prices 8
Public transportation 7
Schools 8
Lifestyle 8
Crime 5

If you want Williamsburg's artist vibe, energy, and youthfulness, 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, galleries, or a new coffee shop or bar opening every week?

This Bushwick neighborhood review will look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

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 will be many different vibes in each section.
You get a mix of industrial and a few different residential areas, which vary from very busy with a mix of retail to more quaint and almost suburban.

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

Real Estate in Bushwick

Bushwick has quickly become one of New York City's most sought-after neighborhoods due to its affordability compared to other parts of the city. It still provides access to the same amenities as more expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn, such as Williamsburg and Park Slope, while still remaining affordable.

It's especially popular among young working professionals, students, and artists who are looking to save money but can easily hop on the L, J, M, or Z trains to get to the city.

Bushwick has become a surprisingly popular place to buy. One of the reasons is not just that it's cheaper than buying in Williamsburg or Greenpoint, but tons of new developments have popped up in Bushwick.

That means it's possible to get a beautiful modern condo with luxury finishes for a fraction of what you might pay in pricier Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Condo and loft apartments are what you may predominantly find, with the occasional townhouse.

Average Rental Prices in Bushwick

Studio $1,950
1 Bed $2,700
2 Beds $2,995
3 Beds $3,499
4 Beds $3,300
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of June 2023

Average Sales Prices in Bushwick

Studio $1,425,000
1 Bed $600,399
2 Beds $799,000
3 Beds $1,990,000
4 Beds $1,399,000
PropertyNest Real Estate Data As of June 2023
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Public Transportation in Bushwick

Bushwick Subway

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.

Plenty of buses 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.

Bus Lines
Buses B24, B26, B38, B52, B54, B57, B58

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • M

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

  • L

    BMT Canarsie Line

  • J Z

    BMT Nassau Street Line

Bushwick Restaurants

Bushwick Restaurants

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 excellent restaurants have popped up around the neighborhood over the last couple of decades, like the famous Roberta's for pizza on the northern border of East Williamsburg.
The scrumptious vegan Ethiopian place--Bunna Cafe is where you can feast on authentic teff flour-based injera bread and gorgeously tasty vegan dishes. Partake in their traditional sacred coffee ceremonies.
If you are hankering for authentic Mexican tacos, look no further than Tortilleria Los Hermanos--a small family-run tortilla-making factory, expanded to a taco joint.
Ichiran will sate those ramen hankerings, and Momo Sushi Shack won't disappoint when you're in the mood for really good sushi!
Bars and coffee shops number even higher. If you want to try an enjoyable alternative coffee, check out Brooklyn Kava.

If you want to trip up your coffee, head to the Caffeine Underground, one of the few places in the city serving cannabis-infused coffee.

Public & Charter Schools

As Bushwick has a lot of ground cover in Brooklyn, there are bound to be many schools serving the area.

While this area has been seen as a hipster haven in the past decade, it's still home to numerous families with school-age children.

The entirety of the neighborhood is contained within school geographic district 32. District 32 has generally suffered with low test scores and poor performance.

However, stats show that the performance has steadily risen over the past several years. Bushwick's most notable public options are PS 376 (K-5) and IS 383 Phillipa Schuyler

Public & Charter Schools
Schools Notes
Academy for Environmental Leadership Public • Grades 9-12347 students • 19 student/teacher
Academy of Urban Planning Public • Grades 9-12280 students • 13 student/teacher
Achievement First Bushwick Charter School Charter • Grades K-121030 students • Unknown student/teacher
All City Leadership Secondary School Public • Grades 6-12356 students • Unknown student/teacher
Brooklyn School For Math And Research Public • Grades 9-12249 students • Unknown student/teacher
Bushwick Ascend Charter School Charter • Grades K-5630 students • Unknown student/teacher
Bushwick Community High School Public • Grades 10, 12194 students • 17 student/teacher
Bushwick Leaders High School for Academic Excellence Public • Grades 9-12321 students • 14 student/teacher
Bushwick School for Social Justice Public • Grades 9-12404 students • 14 student/teacher
EBC High School for Public Service-Bushwick Public • Grades 9-12518 students • 17 student/teacher
Is 347 School Of Humanities Public • Grades 6-8327 students • 11 student/teacher
Is 349 Math Science And Technology Public • Grades 6-8364 students • 13 student/teacher
Jhs 162 The Willoughby Public • Grades 6-8476 students • 13 student/teacher
Jhs 291 Roland Hayes Public • Grades 6-8398 students • 12 student/teacher
Jhs 383 Philippa Schuyler Public • Grades 5-8920 students • 20 student/teacher
Ps 106 Edward Everett Hale Public • Grades PK-5553 students • 11 student/teacher
Ps 116 Elizabeth L Farrell Public • Grades K-5522 students • 12 student/teacher
Ps 120 Carlos Tapia Public • Grades PK-5467 students • 12 student/teacher
Ps 123 Suydam Public • Grades PK-5819 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 145 Andrew Jackson Public • Grades PK-5781 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 151 Lyndon B Johnson Public • Grades PK-5338 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 274 Kosciusko Public • Grades PK-5555 students • 12 student/teacher
Ps 299 Thomas Warren Field School Public • Grades PK-5351 students • 11 student/teacher
Ps 376 Public • Grades K-5602 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 377 Alejandina B De Gautier Public • Grades PK-8484 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 45 Horace E Greene Public • Grades PK-8849 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 75 Mayda Cortiella Public • Grades PK-5514 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps 86 The Irvington Public • Grades K-5440 students • 13 student/teacher
Ps Is 384 Frances E Carter Public • Grades PK-8693 students • 13 student/teacher
Urban Assembly New York Harbor School Public • Grades 9-12422 students • Unknown student/teacher

How Safe is the Bushwick Neighborhood?

Bushwick is generally considered a safe neighborhood due to its increasing presence of police patrol and community-oriented policing. Bushwick is known for its strong sense of community, with neighbors looking out for each other and helping to keep the streets clean.

Bushwick is served by one police precinct and two housing security stations dedicated to keeping Bushwick safe. The Bushwick area has been subject to gentrification in recent years, which has improved safety levels as more businesses have opened up in the area.

There is also an increased emphasis on crime prevention, with street lighting being improved throughout the neighborhood and surveillance cameras being installed in public places.

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 6 out of 10
Approximately 18.7217 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
Low Medium High

The Bushwick Inlet Park has added an additional layer of safety by providing open space for residents and visitors alike.

Overall, Bushwick is now considered a much safer neighborhood than it was a decade ago.

Residents report feeling secure walking around day or night, and few reported crimes are happening in Bushwick today.

The Bushwick Community Safety Alliance works closely with local law enforcement officers to prevent crime in the area and promote peaceful coexistence among residents.

Security initiatives such as the Bushwick Watch Program have helped keep people informed about potential threats in their vicinity through email alerts, text messages, or phone calls when appropriate.

Through this program, volunteers can become “neighborhood eyes and ears” to help maintain security levels in Bushwick.

Bushwick also benefits from having several private security companies operating within the neighborhood that offer professional services such as alarm monitoring systems, patrols of residential buildings, and commercial establishments located throughout Bushwick's main business district.

All these measures put together make Bushwick one of the safest neighborhoods in New York City today - offering an enjoyable quality of life backed up by tight security measures, both public and private.

Ruth Shin
About the author

Ruth Shin is the Founder and CEO of PropertyNest. She shares in-depth insights on real estate, personal finance, and home improvement drawing from her experience as a licensed real estate agent, editing personal finance publications, and managing many home renovation projects. Ruth graduated with a BA from Hunter College in Writing, History, and Special Honors.