Beauties of Bushwick

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Every time I go to New York City, I stay in a different neighborhood. (Thank goodness for airbnb, which brings the price on this way down.)

Last weekend I stayed in Bushwick, a part of Brooklyn I’d never seen. Walking from the M train to my host’s apartment, I was initially uncomfortable. I saw boarded-up windows, dog poop on the sidewalk, graffiti tags everywhere.

But as I settled in, I saw a lot to like. Bushwick is up-and-coming (translation: hipsters are invading), but it’s not smoothed-over or yuppified. Brooklyn spikiness is in full effect.

The people I talked to were friendly and self-assured. A little girl skimmed past me on her skateboard and gave me a big grin.

I had an amazing meal at a great bar, Central Station. If I lived here, this would be my local.

And I’ve never seen better wall art in New York. The lines between graffiti, mural, and commissioned wall painting were sometimes unclear, but all over Bushwick, faces and colors sprout from the brick and concrete.

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You can see my full album of Bushwick photos here on Flickr, where they’re under a Creative Commons license.

What are some of your favorite parts of Brooklyn and NYC?