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My House in Bushwick

- matthew - Friday, December 3rd, 2004 : goo

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Peter: 4th Dec 2004 - 19:37 GMT

hey man, its good to see some fellow brooklynites up in this piece. glad to see your place in b'wick. i live in prospect heights. bk is the shit.

but yeah, feel free to post here anytime- and i hope you do- if you ever feel like flooding us with flicks from brooklyn, well, lets just say no one would mind ;)

borutz: do you not have a trees in this neighborhood?

Jake: 8th Apr 2005 - 20:40 GMT

Re: My House in Bushwick: Brooklyn

How is Bushwick? I am considering moving there, any parts to go for, any to avoid? seems like a lot of space for not much dinero....


RACHEL: 6th Jun 2005 - 18:28 GMT

I plan to attend school in Manhattan and live in a house in Bushwick. I am Japanese-American. I would be riding the J train between 9-11pm 6 days a week. should I worry about safety?

Peter: 6th Jun 2005 - 18:45 GMT

hardly, if youre smart and know how to act. safety issues in nyc, especially the outter boros, are greatly overblown. its not the 1970s anymore :)

elaine: 7th Jun 2005 - 09:58 GMT

well, you shouldn't, you are giving mentalists a bad name. you should take up a different mentalist hobby, one more socially useful, like shouting your opinions loudly on the train, meeting people's eyes if you can, with a long stare

elaine: drink on them only with thine eyes

elaine: 7th Jun 2005 - 10:12 GMT

it is a skill. you don't expect to acvance on the mentalist pathway without having to learn skills, do you? it would hardly be fair otherwise

Anonymous ( 26th Sep 2005 - 03:19 GMT

I'm thinking about renting an apt on Troutman street between cypress st and st nicholas, a really nice apt for a good price. The area seems very desolate. How safe is bushwick?

Former Bushwick Resident: 30th Sep 2005 - 05:10 GMT

I am a 36 year old hispanic female. Lived all my life in Bushwick. Four years ago, I decided to move to New England and escape the city. I was a single mother of 3. (a very difficult task - especially in Bushwick) Growing up in Bushwick "back in the day" was great. There were Italian Cafe's, Bakery and Pastry shops at every corner. In the mid 1980's most Italians (and other whites) began to move away (towards Ridgewood - a neighboring community, actually located in the boro of Queens) The population became more of a low income hispanic, west indian and asians. In the mid 80's Bushwick was plagued with Crack & Aids. The neighborhood went straight to hell. Troutman Street, I remember was so drug ridden and I'm sure it still is...that the police literally closed down the streets and set up a trailor that house police officers 24 hours a day! Things were crazy. Later in life I became a community organizer and organized block associations to get the residents to take pride in their community and take it back. Bushwick has lots of potential, the right political people are in office to assist with its renaissance. Its a slow growing process, but its comming along. For those looking to live in Bushwick for the first time...I have to say, unless you have been exposed to the Ghetto life previous to comming to Bushwick...this is probably not the place for you. Those who have been exposed the the tuff, crazy "Ghetto Faboulous Life" you'll feel at home! The plus side is Tony's Pizza on Knickerbocker Avenue on the corner of Dekalb...GREAT NYC PIZZA. The retail shops on Knickerbocker Avenue are Awesome. I still go back to the "hood" to shop for clothes! Great Bargains!

Carm: 12th Oct 2005 - 04:33 GMT

I use to live on Irving Avenue in the 60s. I am now living in Toronto Canada and have great memories of Brooklyn. I am planning to visit with my children, any suggestions, safety issues for the great north mother of 3.

Peter: 12th Oct 2005 - 14:42 GMT

its alot safer now than it was in the 60s, thats for sure!

randy: 13th Oct 2005 - 02:11 GMT

if u move to bushwick just keep your mouth shut and if u go overthere and rock a color thats not good u will get sliced da fuck up

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oskar: 10th Nov 2005 - 22:22 GMT

i was raised in brooklyn Bushwick my whole life recently moved out. But it has changed a Lot . when i was a teen there was alot of people robbin, sticking people up from out of town or not from around the way. we can just tell when u aint from around here. bloods and crips and latin kings acting wild , cops acting up.Husla's on every usingle block, and i mean every single block. But i think it has calmed down alot since those days. if u aint used to the hood dont move to the hood from the good...

Josh: 28th Nov 2005 - 20:23 GMT

I live in Bushwick right now and its not that bad. The further away you live from Bushwick Ave., the safer it is. But there's not that much to worry about. The worst that's happened to me is when some guy tried to mug me around 2am while I was buying a cheeseburger lol. Just be smart, dont walk around alone aimlessly late at night and you should be fine.

alex : 28th Nov 2005 - 22:25 GMT

i jus moved to ridgewood from cooper projects in williamsburg and i live 4 blocks away from decatur and irving i see niggaz gettin down ova there its hood there fasho

bwicked: 11th Dec 2005 - 04:46 GMT


girliefromlongisland: 13th Dec 2005 - 20:00 GMT

i get the goods in bushwick, and popeyes in broadway junction :)

Gravedigger?: 15th Dec 2005 - 01:27 GMT

My fondest memory of Bushwick goes back to 1972. My dad and I went to Most Holy Trinity Cemetery on Central Ave to see my grandprents grave. A coupel of guys tried robbing us inside the cemetery and wanted to throw us into an open grave. Through the grace of God, we escaped harms way and I was never ever to return until 1997. I came back this time fully armed but things did change and now St Johns Cemetery now operates this small cemetery that has many German, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian immigrants buried in it. This place is famous for its tin "grave stones" I happen to work now for the City of NY and spend much time in this area and do see changes happening for the better.

yadontknowboutstreets: 21st Dec 2005 - 04:16 GMT

First i have to say that Bushwick is not something to be scared of. There are way more dangerous streets than this neighborhood that has a whole bunch of little boys that think they are tough and can easily be intimidated. The females are not even to speak about right now cause they are never a problem. They feel its cool to be pregnant at 16 and not even get checked for STDs. That is why it is claimed that there is such a large population of people with Aids out here. The spanish boys out here cant speak english or spanish right. I dont agree with the one that said that the only way to make money out here is by selling drugs when people who do that in this hood aint even making money like that. All they can afford is a new pair of Jordans. They are better off taking the drug than making it. There is nothing in these blocks (linden, knickerbocker, troutman and menahan)to stay away from except from a whole bunch of wanabees. Ask how I know? I live out here and ya can take my word for it!

Loc: 28th Dec 2005 - 04:15 GMT

aint ridgewood and bushwick kinda the same thing right now? i mean its right next door to each other. 3rd Jan 2006 - 02:50 GMT

i have lived on menahan street off of myrtle ave for a little over a year now. Let me tell you now that bushwick is the next williamsburg...and if your thinking of moving here, you'd better do it while its still affordable. there is a 1-1/2 bedroom across the hall from me, newly renovated, going for $1250!!! you have to be careful anywhere you go! I know more ppl get robbed on the upper east side than they do in the "ghetto." i also think that word is being thrown around a little too loosely! yes bushwick is mostly low income hispanic immigrants, but they are good hardworking people. I have NEVER had any problems. Yes theres some trash in the neighborhood, but they are the minority. if i go to a club, i walk home alone at 4am with no problem. the 83rd precint is around the corner. all of the non minorities (whites) are moving in rather quickly, and they fit right in! they love it! i was looking at a rental website for new apts on myrtle, and one of their selling points is that white people are starting to move into the neighborhood! i had to laugh at that.

Flipsider: 5th Jan 2006 - 19:10 GMT

well i guess the whites are now considered minorities in Bushwick ! I jus recently moved from Da Wick 2 upstate new york, bushwick is not really that bad of a place compared 2 brownsville or flatbush or bedstuy. It was easy growing up there, it has its hot spots but so what ! What place in this world doesnt ?!

Anna : 12th Jan 2006 - 01:51 GMT

Question: My husband and I purchased a house out in Bushwick for investment purposes, do you think we will have a problem geeting tenants? I have screen the area it appers safe.

TMA1955: 12th Jan 2006 - 22:18 GMT


ANONOMOUS: 12th Jan 2006 - 22:23 GMT


The so called "bad neighborhoods," such as bushwick & bedstuy are very up and coming! go to craigslist and look for a 2 bedroom apt in either of those neighborhoods. you will be hard pressed to find anything below 1200. if you buy a rental property in bushwick or bedstuy, you should have no problem renting it out.

becca: 15th Jan 2006 - 04:30 GMT

My boyfriend and I live in williamsburg now. We wanted to buy in wb, but the price was sky we bought in Bushwick. Our place is huge, we paid half of what we would have paid in WB. There is a cute little restaurant called Northeast Kingdom on Troutman and Wyckoff that just opened up and we couldn't believe how packed it was with 25-35yr old professionals. BTW..their food is great. I have a feeling that "L" train will just keep moving people on out there and the neighborhood will see a little boom.
At least that is my hope :) BTW...we walked around Troutman and Wykoff late at night and it just seems quiet to me. Knickbocker did seem sketchy yeah...but hey so aren't a lot of neighborhoods in nyc. You just need to be aware.

sexy sandy: 19th Jan 2006 - 16:52 GMT

I live in bushwick all my first i live at palmetto st.but we had to move because the housing sucked and the apartment was small. then i moved to menahen st. That when my life ended! my mother was stay getting in trouble with the cops.and last summer two people got shot on my block. and housing still suck!

Vidal B UK Manchester: 20th Jan 2006 - 00:14 GMT

I watched a documentary on the bushwick projects/ghetto about 8 years ago and it looked and was very very ghetto. Fiends overdosing and getting clapped up and 9 year old cats blazing dro, Sick!

freebo the clown: 20th Jan 2006 - 05:18 GMT

i have lived in bushwick for about five years now. my boyfriend and i moved here in 2001 from williamsburg to find a bigger, cheaper space. we started out on jefferson street btw. irving and knickerbocker, which was pretty intense. nothing bad ever happened, but that street was pretty underdeveloped at the time-- lots of noise, garbage, and potentially dangerous situations.

but then we found a large loft on starr street between irving and wyckoff (right around the corner from the new northeast kingdom!...whoo-hoo for that beacon of hope in this burgeoning burg!) where for the past three years we have been rennovating and developing a theatrical performance venue. our theater company has performed many shows and hosted many events at the space, in addition to renting the venue out to other theater and dance companies, musicians, etc. and it has been so exciting to actually see people come out give them a reason to visit our growing neighborhood...and to be a part of that growth. though gaining an audience out here over the years has of course been a challenge, more and more people are making the trip (shuttle bus or no shuttle bus) to check out what's going on in our neck of the woods.

and i guess my point is, ever since we dedicated ourselves to creating this space and being a part of the change in bushwick, i have 100% fallen in love with it. there is something very gratifying about supporting positive change in a community. so to all of you fellow bushwick-artists-creators-and-whatnot...let's keep it going! exciting things are happening!

pscarcelone: 21st Jan 2006 - 16:27 GMT

I lived in bushwick and attended st.brigids on Grove Street - lived on Menahan - between linden and wykoff. In FL now but went back this summer - Knickerbocker is looking a little rough but some of the streets seem to be coming back - depends block to block.

VEE: 26th Jan 2006 - 18:27 GMT

yeah...8 yrs ago the projects in Bushwick were crazy with 100 heads outside of every building...walking over to borinquen PJs and blastin kids...then robbing the Jamaicans in the park across the street. You can still see the graffiti murals on the gas station acros the street. I dont think it is getting better though, because with all this evil Bloods gang nonsense...the mindstate is deteriorating.

foodguy1: 8th Feb 2006 - 15:59 GMT

I'm planning alittle space on Bushwick ave..small italian trattoria style place?

I see those lofts on Mckibben filling up with new residents..anyone have any stories on the current area...Buswick from flushing to Montrose and surrounding area?

jake: 9th Feb 2006 - 19:00 GMT

I moved out to bushwick with my wife a few months ago and we are really settled in. We have a beautiful place for peanuts (that we fully renovated) and there are a lot of services in the neighborhood. We need more restaurants like Northeast Kingdom (which rocks!) but you can't beat the great train access (M, L) and I like the hispanic community feel of the place. Seems definitely on it's way up.

Leon: 9th Feb 2006 - 19:33 GMT

I visit NY atleast once every two months.
My girlfriend lives in Brooklyn (Gerritsen beach)
I always stay with my sister in Sheepshead, about a block away from Nostrand ...
I take the train extremely late at night with no problems.
If you meet a crazy, make sure you act crazier, and scare them away ;)
There's no better place to live in then Brooklyn.

oscar the grouch: hey LEON where do you live?

$incere : 12th Feb 2006 - 22:16 GMT

i lived in bushwick ma whole life on knickerbocker covert back in da day shit was ccrazy mad pplz dyin and crack and heroine on every corner and now i live on stanhope and kncikerbocker and shit is still crazy like a month ago a man got robbed and shot to death a couple of block up on wyckoff and stanhope and shit is still crazy with gangs dont come thru if ya dont no nobody and to answer ma son question here:::: Loc: 28th Dec 2005 - 04:15 GMT
aint ridgewood and bushwick kinda the same thing right now? i mean its right next door to each other.


been living in bushwick for over a year, and have not experienced anything bad...but then again, you wont find me hanging around outside of a bodega at 3:30 in the morning waiting for trouble to find me, which by the way can and does happen in every neighborhood...even the white ones (addressed to my friend who said ridgewood is safer because it is whiter). bushwick is changing, and if you're thinking about buying, NOW is the time to do it!

Lily: 14th Feb 2006 - 18:14 GMT

i agree with vanessasvargas. You could not compare the Bushwick of 20 years ago, to today. Crime has greatly decreased. Not saying it doesn't happen today, but you could not compare the crime extremity of the past to today. Bushwick is making radical changes. It has become an area of housing investments. I strongly belief, that simply thinking that Ridgewood is a safer area, simply b/c there are white people is a racist opinion. Bushwick will be a great and safe place with the hispanics it has now.

Lily: 14th Feb 2006 - 18:18 GMT

I am doing a researpaper on teenage Drug-abuse in Bushwick past and present, if you can help me w. any ifo please tell me. One of my questions is why do you think drugs is/was so accessible in Bushwick?

Peter: 14th Feb 2006 - 18:27 GMT

theyre not any more available there (or any more common there) than anywhere else in nyc...

Lily: 16th Feb 2006 - 16:25 GMT

so you're trying to say there are no more drug-dealers in Bushwick?

Peter: 16th Feb 2006 - 16:42 GMT

thats not at all what im saying. re-read what i wrote.

anon ( 26th Feb 2006 - 15:26 GMT

In 2002 I returned to N.Y. to attend my 40th High School reunion on Long Island.(My family was one of the early ones to get away when the neighborhood changed.That was in 1956 ,and I honestly think we would have stayed but for the knife fight we saw through our front window one summer night.It was the final straw for my Dad.) I went back to Troutman Street on that trip in 2002 and was expecting the worst.Believe me, my husband thought I was nuts.It was a lovely august day and I actually got off on the right stop on the "EL'I wasn't even sure how to walk there,but I knew if I could get to Central Ave, I'd be able to find my old house.I was so thrilled to find 100 Troutman.Some people were in the "Stoop " and I told them I was born there in 1944.Pointed up to my old apartment,and I didnt realize one of them

anon ( 7th Mar 2006 - 18:08 GMT

foodguy1 please open up an italian restaurant, but do it over on wyckoff ave. People are craving more places to eat over here. Right now all we have is Northeast Kingdom and we would love more places. Lots of new condo developments going in off of'd have plenty of customers. Just check out how busy Northest Kingdom is on the weekdays.

anon : 7th Mar 2006 - 18:13 GMT

I'm a female and I've lived in Bushwick for a year now off of St. Nicholas and Dekalb and it isn't as scary as some of these people say. I walk my dog down wyckoff from greene to hart and no one ever bothers me. I think some of these guys are just trying to act tough. plz.

Lily: 8th Mar 2006 - 17:03 GMT

Thank you for the information. I agree with anon. I was born in Bushwick, I am now 17 years old. Bushwick has drastically changed and will continue. I think that the whole viewpt that b/c there's hispanics there is what makes it such a bad neigborhood. Is such a racist prespectice. Honestly, I am white but I think Hispanics are even more honrable and humble than we are.

Steven Fisher: 11th Mar 2006 - 01:04 GMT

Bushwick started out as a German, than Italian neighborhood. There were several big breweries in Bushwick. In 1979, mobster Carmine Galante was assassinated at Joe and Marie's Italian Restuarant at 205 Knickerbocker Avenue. A few years later most of the Italians moved out of Bushwick and the neighborhood went into severe decline. I've walked around there a few times and the neighborhood has slightly recovered. It's not for the faint of heart to walk around casually. One day I was walking around there and a kid outside of a deli pointed his finger at me, pretending he had a gun. He asked if I was with anyone. The nabe is still a bit rough, be careful and alert while walking around there.

anon : 13th Mar 2006 - 17:19 GMT

I was walking down Hart the other day with my dog and I man came up to me and my dog and smiled...petted my dog on the head, said "have a great day" and kept on walking. That really made my day. I almost feel like there are certain areas that are sketchier than most. If you walk down knickerbocker at night you can buy drugs....but cross over to wyckoff or st. nicholas and I find it's a totally different calm world.

Dizzy: 15th Mar 2006 - 04:57 GMT

I was just looking at places near bushwick avenue... around gates/palmetto. it's really close to the J train (gates avenue) - anyone have any opinions about this? Everyone keeps talking the parts of Bushwick that are closer to Billyburg! It seemed pretty cool.. HUGE victorians around there.. I dabbled in gentrification in college and part of it seems to have something to do with architecture and the appreciation of... hence fort greene (used to be all hood!) and Bedstuy with it's brownstones and such... where was I? Right, any thoughts on bushwick near those Gates, Palmetto etc? haha -- On a side note, if they turned ALL of those stores in Broadway (under the j line) into cafes, diners, thrift shops etc. THAT would be sweet!!!

Paulie: 20th Mar 2006 - 21:05 GMT

It's interesting to read all these various comments about Bushwick. I grew up there in the 1950s-1970s when it was still 99% Italian (I lived mostly on Hart Street near Knickerbocker). It was not at that time a place where the aspiring middle class moved to; rather, the aspiring middle class moved OUT of Bushwick, usually for good. It was a place of great shopping and food shops (salumeria), but also of "La Cosa Nostra" and it was generally a rough place to grow up. It could be unbearable during the summer because of the almost total lack of trees or gardens or much open space. I remember at least two friends who had relatives living in all or most of the same building as they did. There was very little divorce or split families until after 1970 and that gave the neighborhood a certain stability. I'm glad to hear others appreciating this part of the world but I doubt that I can or would ever want to live there again -- I have plenty of Bushwick memories already, many not pleasant. I wish I could have known it in the early 20th century, but that of course is not possible.

probshwk: 24th Mar 2006 - 15:18 GMT

North bushwick near flushing is going to be an up and coming area soon buy now

deedee: 25th Mar 2006 - 19:02 GMT

anyone out there remember macon street? I was born there many years ago and it was a great place to grow up.

pete: 26th Mar 2006 - 01:39 GMT

I'm thinking of moving to the area - I have 2 kids, 2 and 5 yrs. would u recommend it? or somewhere else nearby

anon ( 29th Mar 2006 - 17:19 GMT

There are still parts of Bushwick that are ghetto..that's basically the case whereever you have housing projects. Housing projects cannot be gentrified.

The people complianing about those saying that a white neighborhood is safer are "racists".....sorry hood rats, but the truth is the truth. The crime rates speak for themselves. Just look at all the ebonic speakers on this want to live near them? Want to raise your kids around them? Bad idea. I feel sorry for the hard working hispanics who have to raise their kids around hood rats, who never change their behavior generation after generation.

Nilsa: 3rd Apr 2006 - 04:38 GMT

I am trying to locate the sons of George Ocana who lived on Java street and then moved to the Bronx. He passed away in 2005 but I am tryin to locate his sons Richie and George. If anyone knows about them please e-mail at Their sister Rosie is trying to locate them.

Ardis: 19th Apr 2006 - 02:25 GMT

I am thinking of moving to Linden and Bushwick on the Gates "J" stop, I've walked around at night, seemed low key enough, anyone from around there have anything to say? What about those guys who hang out all the time on Linden between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue on the south side of the street? Also how often does the subway come? I waited quite a while and it was only 9pm on a weekday night.

Zoila: 24th Apr 2006 - 03:32 GMT

Lived in Bushwick all my life. Seen the worst, experienced the worst, seen the best, experienced the best. I am in college now. Quite possibly the most opposing place to Bushwick. It's mostly white, in the middle of Northern NY and the concept of "hood" and "ghetto" stems from what the catchy tunes 50 cent raps about. This is to all folks living, planning to live or renovate in Bushwick. I plead to you to keep the spirit of Bushwick in all the buildings you renovate, in all the restaurants you open and all the condos you move in to.

The working class Hispanic families that you live right next to wont make their views on this wave of white folks moving in too clear. They are too busy working menial jobs and shuffling their kids to school. But I hope that you reach out to them. I hope and I pray that you not only build up the neighborhood but build up the folks already living there. If you open up a restaurant, a theatre or a hang out place extend your reach to the WHOLE community.

I have seen the changes on my return home from college. The old abandoned factory on eldert and irving was finally remodeled and two beat up Volkswagen Bugs were parked outside. Two white guys were taking drags out of their cigarettes commenting on something on the war and such. It was so bizarre to see a white guy in my neighborhood that wasn't a cop, teacher, or social worker.

So once again I ask that you extend your arms to the whole community not just the white folks moving in. Thanks for reading!

Ladii Kay: 27th Apr 2006 - 14:54 GMT

what what.....bushwick is the shit ....i lived there all my life i grew mup on knickerbocker and cornelia and there was alot of problems in general but still u get use to it..... holla bushwick brooklyn all day everyday........~BrOoKlYn BomBsHeLL~

BooBoo: 29th Apr 2006 - 01:47 GMT

Bought a 3 family brownstone on greene ave between St Nick and Cypress ave about three yrs ago for 260,000. my next door neighbor sold the exact same building as mine for 580,000 last year. I've thought about selling, but I'm gonna wait until more "Urban Pioneers" flood the area. Thats why Williamsburg is so priced out. I love Bushwick though.

Hazel: 10th May 2006 - 19:48 GMT

Eveyone is asking if it safe to move to Bushwick, why don't ya move to Ridgewood which right next door. It a part of Queens but a few blocks from Bushwick. If your looking for somewhere safe to go your better off there. Why do you think the houses are cheap in Bushwick because it ain't such a nice place. I am a hispanic who lived in Bushwick but my parents thought it was safer to live in Ridgewood. I can tell you the better schools are in Ridgewood. I was raise and still stay in Bushwick so if you want a nice to live in your better off living in Bushwick.

You gotta know how da hood works to live in it and it seems like ya don't so then don't make da move to Bushwick if you want a nice safe place to live in.

Yeah Bushwick gettin better but da reality is that it not such anice place to live in

Hazel: 11th May 2006 - 00:11 GMT

I meant your better off living in Ridgewood especial if you have kids cuz the schols in ridgerwood are bad Is 291 and 111 are horrible. I mean if you don't mind your 11 yr old daughter or son going through metal detector in the morning and getting beaten up. That why Ridgewood is better cuz I.S. 93 has alot to offer for the kids more programs and the school is safe. I only saw 1 fight through out my 3 yrs attending the school.

BOC: 11th May 2006 - 00:22 GMT

Ya think it cute to move to Bushwick. Ya don't know what ya doing to our neighborhood. It is known when white people move into to the neighborhood the price value of houses go up and rent soon enough us blacks and Hispanics have to move out cuz we can't afford to live in Bushwick no more. Then they take over build all these new stuff cafes, organic food store and nothing will be left for us.

Ya don't even know how it is to live in the hood. Ya talk about i been living here for a year and everything all cool well i been living here for almost twenty years and i can tell you it not. Ya must stay in ya house all day. Wycoff ain't even real Bushwick that closer to Ridgewood. Wycoff ain't even a pretty area. Go to Star, Bleeker, Menaham, Harmen, Jefferson, Knickerbocker, Central,Wilson and Bushwick ave. and see if you wanna move hear and the best time to see is in the summer when it startes getting hot that when the real streets come out. Yeah it may not be the same as 20 yrs ago but it still ain't nice.

Hazel right ya better off in Ridgewood

Vanessa Vargas i don't know where your stayin at but all that Bull Shit.
It seems as if your a realitor..........keep sayin buy now, yor so desprite about it as if your getting paid for it

friend of Bill Wilson...: 13th May 2006 - 03:40 GMT

Speaking of Bushwick - how many of you have ever been to yogi Bear Sunday School....

Well it's still going strong with over 20,000 kids in attendance every week

Stop by 403 Evergreen Ave. Between Grove and Linden...

Joe: 14th May 2006 - 18:48 GMT

I've lived on Jefferson btwn Irving and Knickerbocker for a year. It's gotten a little better just in that time. We moved here because we got priced out of our old neighborhood, Park Slope. Our old place now rents for twice what we were paying. People are raving about NE Kingdom on here-- it's a nice place, but too expensive to go to very often. It feels elitist going there b/c you look around and there's every ethnicity there except hispanic, who are the majority of the neighborhood. It would be a shame if this place really became the next Williamsburg, b/c then we'd have to move again as the prices get too high. But yeah, like BOC said, summertime is crazy here. It's a party in the street every day, with the fire hydrants open and flooding the streets, loud music... there's a little playground here and last summer there was a big pile of broken glass on the sidewalk next to it for two weeks; people barbecued outside and left raw meat on the sidewalk for weeks until it was covered in flies and finally got cleaned up when they got a ticket from the sanitation dept. Another time it was a dead cat. If you don't like spanish music, don't open your window-- it never stops. People look at you funny if you clean up after your dog, like you're doing something really weird. I haven't had any safety issues, but a girl in my building gets home in the early morning hours from work, and some guy at the Jeff. L station told her he was going to slit her throat. She got away. There's a cool cafe near the Morgan stop, and Life Cafe on Flushing Ave has great burgers. That's not really Bushwick, but it's walking distance from here. The park here is nice, but in the summer there are preachers there every weekend yelling about jesus through a PA system.
Some family had removed the seats from a car and would hang out sitting in them in front of their apt all the time. People here LOVE to be outside. It started raining and they didn't even go in, they just sat in their car seats with umbrellas. Yes, this is the ghetto. ;)
I never see hispanic people at the archive cafe, which is too bad... anyone can afford a buck for a cup of coffee, and there should be places where everyone feels welcome. Northeast Kingdom is not the answer. I've met some of my neighbors who have lived here for many years, and we're friendly with each other, but haven't gotten to know each other that well. I feel bad for the people that have been and will be displaced by the white (and middle class black, asian and hispanic) people who are moving in, but most of us don't have a choice. It's gotten so expensive everywhere else. If things keep going the way they are, before long NYC will be nothing but rich people and people in the projects, with no one in-between. It's almost there already, and it's a shame.

BOC: 15th May 2006 - 04:37 GMT

1st of all Gina I bet you know nothing about Bushwick. Your just being a stereotypical ignorant fool to think that every minority kid (because that all that in Bushwick) that lives in Bushwick does graffiti if you even know how to spell the word right.And just because the neighborhood is poor doesn't mean the people of Bushwick don't work. Many of them probably work harder then you ever will and struggle to make ends meat.You wouldn't even want the job they do. So you can't try to make the arriving outsiders seem better because they have the privilage of having access to a better job. What kinda of stupid comment is that, We should be happy. Happy of what that you people are moving in bring the price value up so we can't pay rent and have to move out cuz ya can't leave us alone when we finally have something ya gotta take it away. Well their kids be all over the place with their skate boards runnin into people how good is that. If the people of Bushwick don't want ya their then we don't have to deal with it ya not gonna take over n throw us out. Go plant grasss somewhere else

BOCKER: 15th May 2006 - 05:14 GMT

You making it seem as if the people are the ones who made it completely like this higher powers and not god had something to do with the way it is. Yeah the people added it on but it wasn't everyone of bushwick who did so just a selected few. the white man was the one to put the drugs in these streets (Italian mafia) and the banks and government are responsible for the poor housing conditions.

franny: 8th Jun 2006 - 04:59 GMT

I grew up in bushwick on bleecker and irving during the 60's & 70's. It was the happiest time I had in my life. It was a blue collar hard working neighborhood. You could sleep on your fire escape in the summer. no one would bother you. Cops were hardly ever called you just handled it between yourselves. Picture Bronx Tale the movie just in Bushwick. But the mafia brought in the drugs through the Sicilian connections and changed the neighborbood and the good hard working people (Italian, Polish, Yugoslavin, Spanish) started to run from there. They sold alot through the Italian coffee shops on Dekalb/Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker/Starr. They sold to there own kind. Many Italian friends of mine were hooked on junk and suddenly started dying from aids. Mob rub outs on Dekalb/Irving Knickerbocker/Troutman Greene/Forest Bleecker/Irving Soon many of the Puerto Ricans moving in started getting hooked and dealing for them. Many land lords starting setting blazes to get money for buildings no one would buy because of crime. My family sold their 6 family all brick house for just $130,000. Knickerbocker & Bleecker was one of the worst fires in NYC history it burned for two days and reached the M train it had to be shut down. By 1980 the neighborhood was number one in homicides. But the neighborhood is on the up swing. Just like Park Slope & the Heights. But it will never be the same. Because the ethnicity will not be there just people like Harvy Pumperknickel.

oldie from the hood: 9th Jun 2006 - 03:11 GMT


Mushi: 13th Jun 2006 - 01:24 GMT

I actually just moved to Bushwick last week. I lived in Manhattan for two years but just couldn't afford it. Plus, I needed a larger space. For 30% less than what I was paying in Manhattan, I rented a loft that was at least 4 times the size of my little place in the West Village. I am able to have my car, my cat has a larger space, and I don't feel so claustrophobic. I am a single female and feel really safe in my building. When I've walked the neighborhood at night, I haven't felt unsafe -- I've just practice caution like I always do wherever I am.

I lived in Los Angeles for 10 years, and everything I see on Knickerboker Avenue and Wyckoff Street is nothing I didn't see when living in East Hollywood and Silver Lake. Granted, NOTHING is as convenient as when I lived in the West Village; in fact, living off the the Jefferson "L" stop is about as unconvenient as possible. But I have space.

True, the neighborhood can be noisy -- this weekend with the Puerto Rican day was almost unbearable. I am hoping to get used to it.

The neighborhood can go nowhere but up. I would love to see more bars and restaurants. So what if it becomes the "next Williamsburg?" I would rather see a neighborhood come back to life with restaurants, bars, shops, and an influx of money than see it completely written off as a lot of people have been doing to Bushwick for years.

hello: 14th Jun 2006 - 16:09 GMT

i'm thinking of moving to brooklyn--the bush. i've been in the boogie down for about 7 years. just wanted to let everyone know---HELLO PEOPLEZZZ ALL OF NEW YORK IS CHANGING. FOR GOODNESS SAKES--I'M LEAVING THE BRONX TO MOVE TO BROOKLYN!! "THEY"(and we all know who THEY is...) built a freak'n dog-run looking park in my neighborhood. people don't walk dogs on leashes in the boogie down--and they don't us freak'n dog runs. HELLO!

this is just my opinion: this city is no longer looking to house poor folks--black, latino, asian, white, whatever... let's remember folks--ya'll voted this mayor and this president into office. neither one of them cares about affordable housing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i remember when harlem was having this discussion. wow! but on a lighter note i love reading the threads.


affordablehousingnow: 23rd Jun 2006 - 22:05 GMT

I agree with the last post. Affordable housing, not inflationary prices for bushwick. Let's not push all of the people out of Bushwick like they were pushed out of wburg, etc.

vanessa vargas to BOC: 27th Jun 2006 - 02:25 GMT must have been high when you wrote that response talking about me being a realtor! i am far from a realtor...and i happen to live on menahan...probably not too far from you. as far as nothing being left for "us" - what are you doing to ensure that no matter what changes happen in the neighborhood that there will always be a place for you? i know all about the hood...but what happens is, ppl that are used to living in the "hood" dont realize that there is another side to life... a healthier one...that filthy streets, rats, and graffitied walls are not, and shouldnt be the norm. is that the way you want your kids to live? think more of yourself and your family to want more. do you know of a bookstore in bushwick? NO...there arent any. why? because entrepreneurs dont think ppl in bushwick read. there arent any healthy places to eat...why? because they dont think we know any better, or care enough about ourselves. as far as they can see, all we want are new sneakers and rice and beans.

I am not trying to be funny, but your post was full of misspellings and incorrect grammar, which is just what ďtheyĒ would expect from someone from the hood. So...instead of complaining, why dont work on yourself so that you dont sound like just another ignorant fool from the ďhood.Ē again, no disrespect, just expressing my opinion on a topic that often troubles me.

Changes...: 28th Jun 2006 - 17:19 GMT

I heard that north east kingdom is opening a coffee shop on wyckoff, anyone know of any other changes?

Mushi: 28th Jun 2006 - 23:27 GMT

OOOHHH!!! That would ROCK! I know they are doing something, but I just didn't know what!

I would love a coffee shop here! See? It can only get better!

Changes...: 30th Jun 2006 - 18:49 GMT

Mushi, lunch spot confirmed, i saw the owner and they want to be open by August...

movingtoBrooklyn: 2nd Jul 2006 - 16:32 GMT

Please give comments soon!:
Whiteboy wanting to move to Madison Street near Bushwick Ave. Moving from southern Brooklyn- not a weathly white boy, but originally from Texas-so you can't get much whiter! I need yes/no's if he should move into this neighborhood.


Mushi: 3rd Jul 2006 - 20:56 GMT

Changes, thank you so much for the update! That is great!!!!

I am glad to see North East Kingdom is doing well. And this neighborhood needs some other types of eating places...and a breakfast/lunch place would be wonderful.

The 'hood can only get better...

KQ: 8th Jul 2006 - 06:32 GMT

I was born n raised in bushwick, knickerbocker, and it was tha shyt!! i had lots of fun growing up there i even attended bushwick hs and it wasnt bad at all, well atleast not to me but then again i am boricua, the stores of knickerbocker are the best in bk, wish i could go back but i live in vegas now which is a lot diffrent then brooklyn.

Proud Bushwacker: 9th Jul 2006 - 00:38 GMT

I grew up on Wyckoff and Cornelia (BK) on the border of Bushwick and Ridgewood. To tell you the truth, my mom put me in schools in Ridgewood, the schools have always been better in Ridgewood. Iím 34 now, I went to PS 68, IS 77, JHS 93, and Grover Cleveland HS. I remember having a great childhood Ė as compared to my cousins that lived on Jefferson St. btw Evergreen and Central. As a kid, I always wanted to go to visit my cousins because it was wilder over there, lol. The neighborhood has changed a lot, I remember hanging out as a teenager on Stanhope and Irving Ė all the boys selling drugs.
I donít think Troutman and Knickerbocker is as bad as it used to be Ė late 80ís early 90ís.

Itís all about family. I lucky/fortunate that my parents werenít drug addicts. Now I live in Ridgewood, 5 blocks from where I grew up. When I visit my mom, I see all these blancitos walking up and down, itís crazy. I eventually want to get away from the area and buy a house, not that Iím leaving Bushwick, you just have to grow up sometimes. I wouldnít mind staying, itís just that you canít get a decent house on a decent block for even $500K.

I donít think Bushwick is all that bad, if you put your mind to it, anyone can get out of the ghetto. I just received my Masterís from NYU and nobody held me back, not even being from a community that does get a bad rap.

Diana: 21st Jul 2006 - 23:47 GMT

I was born in Brooklyn , I went to PS 123 lived between Irving ans starr street in the 1970's . It really makes me sad to hear so many bad things of the neighborhood I have so many beautiful memories of. I live in Boston now I left Brooklyn 28 years ago. Ther isn't one day I don't think of Brooklyn I would love to go back and bring my children and show them were I was born and raised. Any advise from someone still there in my Beautiful Neighborhood . No matter what I will always love my BUSHWICK.

andrea: 23rd Jul 2006 - 10:15 GMT

I was born in bushwick, I grew up on putnum and evergreen, yea.. I remember my wild days there, wow,bk all the way. my older brother was in and out of jail for dealing drugs and robbery, I remember when I was 8 years old when my mother took me to rykers island to see my brother, he was always tellin me to stay out of trouble and do good in school, but I was a lil hard head when I was in public school, P.S 45, i always would get into fights and curse at the teachers, I was only in the 2 nd or 3 rd grade at the time, i guess growin up with out a father with my older brother in and out of jail made me biuld up anger, by the time I was in H.S. i ended up following my brothers foot steps , I was just gettin into alot of trouble in my freshmen year. I was selling weed in the class room wile the teacher was in there, but for some reason I just stopped, after my friend got shot and almost lost his life, so I straightend up and started gettin good grades right after my mother talked about moving out of bklyn, my brother was still serving time, right after i graduated in 95, we just moved from putnum a month after, now I live in las veges for about 11 years now, im still young, 28, and my moms is a proud grandmother of my two beautiful daughters and a proud mother in law of my wife of 7 years, I always wanted to visit new york I got cousins that told me that ny has changed for the better, I will always have brooklyn in my heart

MIGUEL: 5th Aug 2006 - 16:25 GMT



anon : I Would say that it isn't anything like the burg

cartoon: damn alot of comments on brooklyn.....

boc----------------to vanessa vargas: 19th Aug 2006 - 04:38 GMT

Wow you really think you know what your talking about.
Well what am i'm doing for my self you ask, i'm actually in my senior year of college getting a degree to do something with my life so the question is turned to you. I also do know how outside the hood looks because i attend college in the University of Albany. There environment is definitly different from Bushwick. By the way that wasn't mispelling it was called slang and you don't have to be from Bushwick to know that. Even though im in college I don't forget where im from, when it comes to my college work it when i separate the two. So yeah i don't need to work on myself because that process has been done and by the way your the ignorant person who hasn't realize what it going to happen to the the neighborhood and the people who originally live here. But i guess you'll see it when it too late. To each is their own. Oh yeah just to let you know their is a book store on myrtle between greene and bleeker you just probably never notice it because something like that wouldn't intrest you oh and don't forget the library on bushwick also has book and their a subways on wycoff or maybe that not healthy enough for you. DON'T IT THE WRONG WAY I WAS JUST EXPRESSING MY OPINION AND SPREADING MY KNOWLEDGE TO THOSE WHO NEED TO GAIN IT.

vanessa vargas to boc: 20th Aug 2006 - 21:04 GMT

glad to see you're doing something with yourself. i know all about slang, but there is a difference between slang and incorrect grammar and mispellings (i.e. intrest, definitly, their vs. there, etc.). that is beside the point though. you initially attacked me as not knowing anything and immediately assumed i was out to make money by telling ppl they should buy now if they are interested in bushwick. there are huge social problems in bushwick that stem much deeper than the neighborhood. the ppl in the community have to start caring about themselves and start taking control of their lives they way you have. i applaud you! forgot about the subways and the one bookstore, they are minor. the majority of the neighborhood is occupied by 99cent stores, unhealthy fast food places, and liquor stores because they make money here...why...cause we poison ourselves with that shit. anyway darling, i have respect for you and your opinion; when ppl dont have opinions or the balls to express them, shit doenst change. peace.

vanessa vargas to boc: 20th Aug 2006 - 21:11 GMT

corrections to my previous post before boc attacks me lol

the ppl in the community have to start caring about themselves and start taking control of their lives the* way you have. i applaud you! forget* about the subway and the one bookstore, they are minor.

Susannah : 21st Aug 2006 - 06:43 GMT

Diana PS123 is in Park Slope - thats where I went. How could you have lived in Bushwick and gone there- Do you know Polhemus Place?

anon ( 21st Aug 2006 - 11:36 GMT

I'm about to move Decatur Street. What's Bushwick like around the area bordering Ridgewood?

anon ( 22nd Aug 2006 - 00:30 GMT

I am a reporter and I will be covering Bushwick. Any residents care to share their thoughts on the neighborhood? Please email me at Any thing you can tell me would be helpful. Thanks! I look forward to getting to know the neighborhood!

Susannah : 26th Aug 2006 - 23:02 GMT

Sorry Diana - PS321 was where I went ....didn't do me much good, obviously.

"harpo" middle village: 27th Aug 2006 - 20:06 GMT

Bushwick is full of illegals and disease . George Bush has allowed the destruction of Knickbocker Avenue with these third world entities . Apartments that once were over run with mice are now over run with illegals . I demand that all the illegals be rounded up . Circos on Hart Street is still awesome .

"harpo" middle village: 27th Aug 2006 - 20:16 GMT

My old church and school St. Brigids looks like some Guatemalan refuge camp . All the freaken phony whites from the 70 and 80' s moved out
and ruined the neighborhood - they were mostly Germans and Italians who really didn't love where they lived since if they did they would not have run away !
I still attend mass a few times a year at St Brigids - the Mexian people are friendly and shake your hand during the handshake of peace part of the mass
I have been mistaken for an Immigration office or a coyote by some of the parishoners during mass - I still see a few old-time elderly white people attending church but places like Miss Stewarts is long-gone !

"harpo" middle village: 27th Aug 2006 - 20:20 GMT

The Italian landlords really ruined Bushwick and Ridgewood
They rented to multiple families of central and latin Americans - at a ridiculous rate of rent and forced the whites out of the area
As usual these greedy landlords didn't live in these buildings so why should care who was living there - they only showed up to collect their rents on the 1st of each month with all their legal size white envelopes as they ventured from one 6-family house to the next
Bushwick and Ridgewood nostaglia is laying in a coffin at the Seneca Chapels on Greene and Seneca ... RIP my old neighborhood - RIP
The greedy Italians killed you off

Tony: 3rd Sep 2006 - 16:07 GMT

I WAS born in a house on Bushwick Avenue and Halsey Street. My father and mother were both immigrants from Italy, They left italy for the new world to improve their lives and to insure a better future for their children. All of us were born and breed here. All of us have grown up to become good law abiding citizens. Proud to be part of the American communities. At the time we grew up in Bushwick , it was predominately a German , area, Protestant Churches were many. as well as Catholic. We all according to our faith attended services on sunday. They were innocent times, MAFIA , i never experienced or really heard of them until later in life. Children played on the streets, games were our pass time, happy days we shared. Sure there were differences. Violence , drugs, killings, rubberies we escaped all that. Life meant something we honored. Yes there were difference ,yes people had prejudeces, but we found out that as we lived more and more together we become more understanding of our diffences and began to appreciate each other, My friends were mainly non italians as the neighborhood was not Italian. I was not blond or blue eyes, i was not eating roast beef and potatoes, i was totally italian. We grew up in a gentle home, mother and father gave us love and protected us with guidence and gave us appreciation for learning and aiming high as we could. My father came from Italy when he was nine years old , never attanded school, worked from the time he came to USA until he retired, no vacations , hard working and from the age of nine years old till he died at 72 he had worked hard to support his family. My mother cooked ,attended to house work and her children, almost never left the house. Our joy was being a loving family, enjoying each others talents and celebrating being American and Italian. There was always music, laughter and teasing . Always family games and good times, food was important and we had it , poor but somehow we survived depression and hard times. Intergrating both with OUR PRIDE IN BEING AMERICAN.
Mother and Father have died, but we are still all five us grateful to our parents who gave us the opportunity to grow up in a nation that gives us freedom and the possibility to become what our God given talents allow us to achieve through our own determinations and desire to reach a goal.
Bushwick in days of long ago,

Kem: 7th Sep 2006 - 19:31 GMT

I attended P.S. 299, I.S. 383 and Bushwick High School so yeah! I'm born and raised there. I haven't been back for some time. Most of my memories I hold dear beacause they do make me smile, I try to keep in touch with my girls from the area. I lived 95 Cornelia St. btw Bushwick and Evergreen and the last time I walked through there was 1985 and I cried. The house my parents raised me in had no stoop! so I guess they went in through the basement. My parents owned the house so it was normal for us to use the basement because we stayed on the first floor and our kitchen and den was the basement, but how did the people on the second and third floor make do???? I was astonished when I saw this and had to respond. I do visit my sister Pinky in Laurelton on a yearly basis. Maybe the next trip I will walk through my old hood and hopefully cry some tears of joy for a rebirth.
Although i've been all over the world and now enjoy tropic like weather in the South Carolina (Charleston), Brooklyn BUSHWICK in specific stays on my mind.

aer: 14th Sep 2006 - 19:11 GMT

Lived on Starr St from 1980-1992 (5-17 yrs old). I went to P.S. 123 and I.S. 383. It was pretty dreadful. Men in the warehouses whistled at me as I walked to school and I was like 7 yrs old. Men cruising east of Flushing Ave. tried to pick me up like I was a hooker when I was 12. After sundown, the one block walk home from the Jefferson Ave. L station was scary (not as scary as the Halsey Ave. stop in broad daylight, though). I was thrilled when we moved to Brighton Beach. I could walk around at night, get stuff at the bodegas and sit on the boardwalk.
Obviously, it's a lot different now. The Voice recommends bars on Grand Ave. for chrissakes.

Jim QV: 24th Sep 2006 - 01:10 GMT

Tony, I read your posting and wanted to respond to it. I was born in Queens, but my Moms whole family is from Bushwick. Her grandfather (my great grand dad) was the original owner of 87 Eldert St (between Bushwick and Evergreen) purchased in 1890. I have the original deed. My Mom and all her siblings were born in that house. I remember visiting as a child and it was like going back in time. The big stoop, coal shoot and stove, the beveled glass on the twin front doors, the carved banister post, parquet floors, the long dark hall with the corrugated tin covering the walls and ceiling, the parlor in the front of the house etc. We used to run wild, the elderly aunts didn't mind, they were saints. Over the first half of the twentieth century they'd taken in and cared for many sick relatives in that house.

Moms family owned 87 Eldert until her two aunts had to move in 1964. They were getting mugged right and left. They loved that neighborhood and especially Our Lady of Lourdes Church. They continued to travel back to attend mass at Lourdes even after they had moved to Jamacia, Queens.

In early 1980 I was assigned to the 83 PCT on Wilson and Dekalb Aves. The whole neighborhood had literally blocks and blocks that were entirely vacant where the housing had burned down. Eventually, lousy quality apartments were built in place of that terrific housing stock that was once old Bushwick. I was sad to discover that 87 Eldert was a burned out shell by 1980. Eventually it was razed and cheap low income housing was built in it's place. At a Thanksgiving dinner one of the aunts asked me how their old house looked? I told her, not as nice as when they owned it.

During my time in the 83, I was disturbed by the deterioration of that neighborhood. Recently I drove through and Bushwick isn't any better. Many posters on this message board have a cavalier attitude regarding the mess Bushwick has become, like it's a big joke. The people who've moved into Bushwick over the decades don't realize what a gem they had inherited...and destroyed.

Ellie: 26th Sep 2006 - 15:58 GMT

Hello Everyone,
I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I lived right off of Bushwick and Grand Street. I attented 196, IS 49 and Eastern District High. I moved to Florida in 1990, but my heart still belongs to New York. I was wondering if anyone knows a guy by the name of Israel Rivera jr. He goes by Izzy. He should be 36 or 37 years old by now. I lost contact with him and his family about 12 years ago and I would really like to hear from them. They lived in Menahan Street, between Bushwick and Myrtle Ave. If anyone knows him or his Fam, please respond to my comment. Thanks!

Kiana: 7th Oct 2006 - 20:25 GMT

Im a senior in high school.. in houston, texas. After graduation I plan to move to NY for school. Ive been to brooklyn and yonkers a few times - but that has not impact as of actually living there. Im already looking for studio/apartments and of course, being a broke-college student, Id be looking for a cheap place.. which comes down to bushwick. what I wanna know is - IS IT THAT DANGEROUS? I mean.. Ive lived around blacks and hispanics all my life and am aware of the stuff that goes down in a lower-class neighborhood..

p69: 9th Oct 2006 - 20:02 GMT

if you're into the neighborhood, you'll be ok, bushwick is great, but i'd think that not having lived in nyc and landing in bushwick could be a big shock.

as for crime, it happens everywhere. look at the stats, crime is high in bushwick compared to other neighborhoods.

pariah: 16th Oct 2006 - 18:54 GMT

Sometimes I wonder if the people defending Bushwick actually LIVE here.

Gang violence (Bloods) is up, especially around Bushwick Houses (housing project). Streets are still covered in garbage. Car alarms because of break-ins still blaring nightly. The two local supermarkets REEK of rotting vegetables and you're lucky to find a loaf of bread that past it's sell-by date.

The few white chicks I've seen walking around get openly harrassed ('snowflake', and the usual 'C'mere!') and look like scared kittens. I can look out of my window at night and count the rats dashing across the street.

While a few of you may love the neighborhood as is, the rest of us will be celebrating when we finally see a Starbucks take the plunge!

New Face in Bushwick: 18th Oct 2006 - 01:27 GMT

I currently live in Manhattan - I bought a condo in Bushwick, Wyckoff Avenue. hope to see many development in the area! Hopefully the value of my condo goes up!! aha

New Face in Bushwick: I want Starbucks in BUSHWICK.

New Face in Bushwick: 18th Oct 2006 - 01:33 GMT

By the way, my condo is near L-train station in Bushwick. I do not find the area any dangerous at ALL. Meeting a lot of amigos. Many people cannot afford to keep a place in Manhattan. Along L-train line, all the houses are going to be very expensive - I already see the changes.

New Face in Bushwick: 18th Oct 2006 - 01:46 GMT

Need more than Starbucks. Northeast cafe is the only one that I can relax and enjoy the meal at. Italian, Japanese restaurants would be wonderful.. Investors and developers out there - business will be booming at Wyckoff and DeKalb avenue - I visualize it and new comers in the area see that as well.

New Face in Bushwick: 18th Oct 2006 - 02:41 GMT

To Pariah.
Which part of Bushwick are you talking about?
Bushwick is a pretty large area though.
My saying Bushwick, I do not hear any unwelcome noises. C-town suparmarket is a pretty clean, and quality is not bad at all. I can walk around in late night, of course with caution just like I always do even in Manhattan.

Mushi: 22nd Oct 2006 - 19:50 GMT

I live in Bushwick -- I've posted a couple times before -- and as I have said before, it can only get better. A Starbucks would be great, but the coffee house Wykoff Starr is a welcome addition.

roberto medina: 25th Oct 2006 - 02:28 GMT

i use to live in Hart st between knickerbocker and wilson i miss tonys pizza my aunt supermarket in dekalb ave i joined the army stationed in ft hood been in the army 12 yrs i live in texas now cause im stationed here on my 2nd tour in iraq makes me think over here how much you miss the hood where you from grew up live ruff in baghdad like ny life of a hustler here reminds me alittle ya keep it real over there ya got peeps from bushwick representing ya in the battlefield.

Alethea perkins: 26th Oct 2006 - 13:02 GMT

I am 17 years old now I live in brooklyn bushwick i live on cornelia between wison and nickerbocker. to me iam used to bushwick because thats were iam from . there is nothing wrong with bushwick area i would not want to move to any other place but stay in bushwick.

New Face in Bushwick: 26th Oct 2006 - 16:13 GMT

Here is very interesting info. for those of you want to invest in property in Bushwick close to L-Train station.
ave.price per sq.ft in 2004 $385
2005 $480
2005 $565

Lin Lynch: 27th Oct 2006 - 16:52 GMT

I am looking to move into an apt on Stockholm street, 3 blocks away from Wycoff Hospital. it's a private house, with an apt on the top floor. I have heard mixed reviews of that area of's right on the border of ridgewood...i would love to hear any comments anyone may have.

grace: 30th Oct 2006 - 02:48 GMT

I was born and raised in bushwick....lived on melrose st. until I got married in 1959...still keep in touch with very old and dear friends from that street..moved to canarsie and then to Long sland...have visited on occasion and was truly sad for the way the block looked...sincerly hope the area makes a comeback..went to ps 145, and then bushwick hs...any schoolmates out there? I was born in 1939....probably started PS145 in 1944 graduated in 1952 and then went to bushwick hs. graduated in 1955....

Rey: 6th Nov 2006 - 08:18 GMT

How come nobody talks about West Bushwick. The area that is more residential than along the L-train. You know Bushwick Ave. and Broadway along the J-M-Z trains. That area is changing too with new 24 hrs laudromats and a couple of new joints like Goodbye Blue Monday.

I bet that in the next few years that Broadway will be the next hot thing. It will be the other broadway, the brooklyn broadway, the one under the tracks. And that is what will be cool about. Its a shame that a broadway looks the way it does. Maybe more lights under the tracks will help to make people feel more safe.

Lucy: Rey, I do not see any whites there...

Mushi: 13th Nov 2006 - 01:13 GMT

I am white, and I live in Bushwick.

And you all must check out the taqueria on Starr just north of Wykoff -- the tacos there are incredible!

Lucy: 14th Nov 2006 - 15:12 GMT

I was told that around DeKalb and Jefferson Stations - L train area called East Williamsburg, not Bushwick. Anybody knows about it?

Lucy: 14th Nov 2006 - 15:14 GMT

Any new shops and Restaurants in the area? I also heard that the 2 bedroom Condo at Hart Street (just passed Knickerbocker) was sold for 435,000???? Wow.

joseph: 15th Nov 2006 - 23:52 GMT

i was born in the 60s in b'wick and i still live in the area.i seen it all from the imergence of graffiti to the constant fightings from all the gangs that imerged in the late 70s mid 80s(wich i must sadly say i was "down" with),to all the robbings and asault that went on for about another 10 yrs after.but i got to say brooklyn has diffinately changed for the better everything seems so much cleaner and a dad of 3 wonderful kids now and i got to tell you i trust my neighborhood alot more than most places in neighborhood is a prime location ,with the L train in one corner and a school in the other,a park across the street from the school,and 2 grocery stores.i got a feeling that the property value in this area in particular is gonna shoot even further up the roof.

new face in bushwick: 21st Nov 2006 - 21:14 GMT

Anyone know/go to any yoga classes in L-train stations (Jefferson, DeKalb )? Does not matter small or large classes...

CARAMELO: 1st Dec 2006 - 03:25 GMT

I was born, raised and live in Bushwick (near Flushing Avenue. I believe that the neighborhood is definitely getting better. Sure, you have your incidents here and there, but we live in NYC and anything can happen anywhere and anytime in this City..Just be alert and aware of your surroundings...Bushwick is great! Anyone who has moved here recently, I WELCOME you!

Yo Miss: 10th Dec 2006 - 20:42 GMT

i've been teaching at one of the neighborhood middle schools in bushwick for 5 years now, and even in just that short amount of time i have seen a TREMENDOUS amount of positive change in the neighborhood. year by year, the students seem smarter and less interested in that thug/gangsta attitude...the students we get now are more interested in making something of their lives than being tough. i walk around bushwick by myself all the time...even after dark...and have never felt threatened. oh yeah, and i'm white.

Alfred in ATL: 14th Dec 2006 - 19:47 GMT

I was born and raised in Bushwick in the building directly to the left of the building in the picture above. I lived in 336 Melrose st. which my dad owned from 1976-1996. The building in the picture used to be a shirt factory and had a huge rottweiler, that would bark at me when I played outside, in the parking space between the two buildings. While I lived there I witnessed shootings, stabings, gang fights and a lot of drug addicts over dosing on this very block. Our basement was broken into and robbed once. Those days seem to be a thing from the past. I've been back 3 times in the last year and have seen the changes made in that area although I saw a lot of the same exact people on the block that I last I haven't seen in 11yrs. It felt good to show my wife where I grew up and have all the memories and flashbacks.

Missing You: 15th Dec 2006 - 19:02 GMT

Born and raised in Bushwick. Remembering St.JO's and Tony's candy store corner of Suydam and Knickerbocker, such a wonderful innocent time, went back recently and it looks like a war zone, I pray it changes. It really shaped a lot of lives in the right way, hope it can make a turn around. Happy memories.

rammerel1: 17th Dec 2006 - 23:37 GMT

I was also born and raised in the Bushwick area. I went St. Joseph's on Suydam St. My dad went there and had Sr. Clarissa and well as me and my two brothers. We lived on Evergreen Ave between Willoughby and Troutman.

It was a great place to grow up. Do you remember going to Myrtle Ave under the El in the summer? They would turn on the sprinklers and we'd all bring our towels and "lay out" on the concrete.

Does anyone remember the name of the pizzeria on the corner of Central Ave & Willoughby back in the 60's? It was a restaurant-type place and they sold small individual pizzas for .50 I would love to chat with anyone from that area or Wilson and Madison, Woodbine area.

Mushi: 20th Dec 2006 - 12:56 GMT

Still living at Troutman and Wykoff, still having a good time!

The new coffee house -- Wykoff Starr -- opened -- thank goodness!

upfromflames: 7th Jan 2007 - 04:49 GMT

Ready for a piece of the past:

1946 brooklyn daily eagle booklet for bushwick 300 anniversary

upfromflames: 8th Jan 2007 - 23:48 GMT

I am historian working on a history of 1977-2007, to show how Bushwick has come. If anyone has some pictures of the past in Bushwick, I'd love to get a chance to see or use them for our show at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

anon (localhost): 12th Jan 2007 - 03:50 GMT

There are two Bushwicks, first is one where you can still buy heroin and crack everywhere from Jefferson to Himrod... Heroin always was and always will be Bushwick hottest commodity. Trust me I've been around this Bushwick for almost 15 years< true it gotten much better than 90's or 80's but it is still nowhere like East Village. So watch out, white people, be smart, don't walk around at night and flash cash.
Other Bushwick is yuppie and hipster magnet of today is nothing like I known it for many years. Who thought that there will be CONDO(!!!!!!!!) buildings on Wycoff street? It is going to be a grest new area just like Alphabet City became hip when cops and high rents drove all the dope dealers and others from avenue A,B,C and D.
The same thing eventually will happen in Bushwick, it is however will take a bit longer...the hood is bigger and heroin business is well established. There still spots all over just not as in your face as it used to be in the 90's when they used to hawk it to every white person who would get off at Jefferson street and wlak towards the park!

from starr st.: 15th Jan 2007 - 05:45 GMT

1st. off upfromflames, i am going to my storage space and look for my pics and send them to you. now i was born and rasied in bushwick. PROUD of it.just as proud of it as i am proud to be PUERTO RICAN !! I REMEMBER BUSHWICK when it was a real hood. not bad i mean a hood where if you did something wrong your neighbor would whip you then you begged them not to tell your parents cause they would whip you twice, once for doing wrong the second for embarrasing them and getting whipped by a neighbor. i saw when the then "godfather" galente was shot cigar still in mouth. i lived on troutman st. then and saw it from my fire escape. if one person saw a piece of paper on the floor the whole block came out with brooms and swept up. not only italians but the PUERTO RICANS also .the mafia and police brought the drugs into the hood. this was the plan from the begining. make a ghetto get the price down. then flip it just like drugs. but it backfired on the mob. they lost control of the business.all the mob cafes are long since gone the last one just a few years ago. BUSHWICK was the "best place to get drugs" as per the daily showed a map with a star on troutman and knickerbocker. the 80's brought crack and the demise of bushwick.but as anything GREAT you can not keep it down for long.i am glad it is changing but i see it changing to much to fast.what are the real people from bushwick going to do now that the rents are skyrocketing. where do they go? to ridgewood? can not go to harlem spanish or black cause that is taken over.the ghetto was made. the schools where sub par. i weent to p.s. 123 then jhs 162 then graduated from clevland. ok i was lucky cause my mom was invloved and educated so i was one of just a few to get new books and real classes. but 90% of the students got old books if any at all. that is the real crime in bushwick. maybe the influx of the new breed will help and not just make one more hurdle for the real bushwick residents. look i got so much to say it will take 4 ever

old school: 15th Jan 2007 - 06:03 GMT

does anyone remember meatland on starr and knick. knicker bocker park? the toy factory? reingold beer factory? old man maxi's place on knick btwn jeff and melrose? paul the barber?

jose: 16th Jan 2007 - 03:26 GMT

i lived in brooklyn at 36 morgan ave,went to ps 145.i was 11yrs old when i came to brooklyn and i left in 1987,i miss the old brooklyn,chocolate egg creams,knishes,nathan;s dog at coney island.i attended eli whitney v.h.h. and married my first wife.had 3 wonderful sons who are still living in williamsburgh.please post old photos if you have some.thank you

thomas: 18th Jan 2007 - 06:00 GMT

i have lived in bushwick for 4 months now. i am a 19 yr old white student.
when i first moved there was the initial awkwardness of being new in the neighborhood, especially such a social one like bushwick. i live on stanholpe and irving, 1 block from the dekalb stop on the L. c-town is great and just a few blocks away. the Laundry mat like 4 houses down and the lady who owns it is extremely nice and always talks to me while i'm there.
i always feel relatively safe and i almost always walk alone, rarely very late but typically into midnight. as people are saying, being aware is key and having a confident demeanor when you're walking. the worst that's happened was at like, 8 in the morning on my way to the train some guy semi-robbed me using a hammer. which i actually thought was kind of original, since i was more expecting him to use a knife or something. still though, the situation could have been VERY easily avoided if I was a little more aware and stood up for myself more, but in my defense i was really fucking tired. it was also obvious he singled me out cause i was a young white guy. but oh well. my girl-friend is asian and she walks here by herself at 11 pm/midnight sometimes when i can't pick her up. she's never had any problems.
its a very interesting place. on the outside to me it doesn't seem that bad, but i'm sure there is a deeper side to it that i haven't seen. on the upside, our apartment is HUGE and we only pay $1100 for it in total.

leopold the dragonslayer: 18th Jan 2007 - 06:02 GMT

oh and by the way does anybody know about the movie-night-thingies? on the warehouses near the morgan stop they have these mini-film festivals on the roofs with projectors. ask around. lots of art-fag types.

Tiff: 21st Jan 2007 - 07:07 GMT

My family just moved to Bushwick a few months ago and I still don't know about the neighborhood around this area. People seem to be very friendly, however, some were very rude not respecting people's personal boundaries. I saw many people selling drugs for living and for other reasons. However, it doesn't all mean that they are bad or irresponsible at all or that they are not thinking. Some people lost their jobs for many reasons, low salaries, job opportunities, and others are doing it because they need to support themselves or their families. Nevertheless, I don't think those were the only reasons why people had to make these choices. I didn't get to see many male volunteers or leaders that actively participated in changing the neighborhood for the better. People needed someone to listen to them with respect and kindness. They need to provide more resources (not just handing a stack of papers, but spend more time listening to individuals and really help them to meet their needs) I only saw guys in the women or children. People should enjoy their life and be able to feel comfortable and smile often without having people looking at them funny, weak, or gullible. The first few weeks, my familiy was happy to move into a bigger place. I usually greet people and when people greet me, I usually respond to them. However, I see myself changed everydayI didn't like how I had to put a hard grin on my face and act as if I'm pissed off or someone who just don't care about anyone and anything...I believe in people empowering each other for the better and grow from experiences. I guess I need to start filling my own tool box with resources to be available for me and also for my friends and families...

Tiff: 21st Jan 2007 - 07:15 GMT

I love reading these comments..."thank you everyone" I'm learning a lot just by reading them and it's challenging me to do well in my areas of study!

Thomas H: 26th Jan 2007 - 21:08 GMT

I grew up on Stanhope and Knickerbocker lived there and around there from 1951 to 1966. I remember Knickerbocker shops and Bargin Town on Broadway.I remember sleeping on the fire escape and hitten two and a half sewers. Spauldings and 5 cent pretzels and Jackie fleishmans on Knickerbocker. Damn I am old.
I am sure that many of the people posting here are accurate and they mean well. I am also sure that you can be "jumped" by 5 white guys at 10 PM and intimadated by two Italians in a caddy bustin chops.
Bushwick is a neighborhood and like all neighborhoods it changes with immigration and economics. Good hardworking people make a life wherever they are. Todays Spanish population will one day look back on Bushwick and wonder why it went to hell after the eskimos moved in.
As for the tough and ill spoken ghetto slang posters here.......sometimes when you leave your lips moving you let all the stupid out.

First woodlands than farms than German than Italian than Spanish and than .......soon to be determined

JL: 30th Jan 2007 - 20:17 GMT

there are some really nice photos of bushwick (both new and old) here:

nymasotto: 1st Feb 2007 - 00:25 GMT

Does anyone know anything about the Wilson stop on the L train? How is Decatur Street?

JLW: 1st Feb 2007 - 22:26 GMT

Does anyone have pictures of the old theater on Starr and Knickerbocker?

wyoming: 2nd Feb 2007 - 16:56 GMT

I'm in wyoming, my mother was born in brooklyn in 1926, and lived at 312 Jefferson in Bushwick until about 1935. She attended P.S. 123. My grandfather had a shoe repair shop near the corner of Starr and Knickerbocker. I would very much like to visit this area, but am concerned about the safety. Can anyone tell me anything about this neighborhood. Does anyone have any current pictures so that I can at least see what it looks like.

Cay: 2nd Feb 2007 - 19:11 GMT

My son just moved to Bushwick. Sharing space on Hart St.
I'm nervous since he's a white man from New England. Anybody have any survival tips?

anon (localhost): 2nd Feb 2007 - 20:19 GMT

yeah, does anyone have info. about Decatur and the Wilson stop? I've seen new condos online on that street. They look to be about 8 blocks or so north of Bushwick Ave.

anon (localhost): 2nd Feb 2007 - 20:20 GMT

Also, what about Cornelia St. in that same general area?

Jon: 4th Feb 2007 - 05:34 GMT

I am thinking about buying an apartment building around Harman and knickerbocker. What is the area like? Is this a good part of Bushwick and if not - where is? Thanks.

Cay: 5th Feb 2007 - 18:59 GMT

Also, does anybody have any info about bus lines from Bushwick to Flatbush? How late do they run?

upfromflames: 7th Feb 2007 - 03:46 GMT

If you were raised in Bushwick, lost your house, your house burned down, whatever. Contact me! I'm working on a spatial history of the area and will do my best to track down details of whats there now. Also, if you'd like to share more of your story, turn you story into history! wyoming, I am working on your request. Starr st. send it on! Others, contact me at

upfromflames: 7th Feb 2007 - 23:57 GMT

To Jon: Knickerbocker was street that was always bustling and full of shops, evenin bushwick's hardest times. It was, and is, undeniably and overwhelmingly commercial.

I noticed that behind the gleaming wall of signs for cellphone and clothing stores, there are some old buildings that are probably pretty cheap still.

Its a safe street, convenient (a block from the knickerbocker M stop), and safe, alive at all hours. But, its also very busy, loud, not quiet at all. If its for rental income, go for it. But its not a block to raise a family in your dream home.

upfromflames: 7th Feb 2007 - 23:59 GMT

I think that Wilson stop is going to be looking pretty nice in a few years. The streets are pretty quiet and wide, the housing stock some of the most solid in bushwick. Lots of gut reno's going on.

upfromflames: 8th Feb 2007 - 00:03 GMT

Those who are looking for memories of Rheingold should look up Rheingold Gardens, the innnovative public-private housing development built on the site. Its NYC's first brownfield remediation site (industrial clean up) and it even has a green roof! As I am fond if saying, Bushwick is not about the past, its about the future.

Cay: 8th Feb 2007 - 15:27 GMT

I love your comment "upfromflames" about Bushwick being about the future. Sounds promising and what we all need to hear more of. Bless you.

yvonne: 14th Feb 2007 - 19:16 GMT

Did anyone go to ST.JOSEPH on Suydam St.between 1967-1971 love to here from you.reach me at

upfromflames: 15th Feb 2007 - 00:44 GMT

I was talking to Father Peter Mahoney in an interview tonight, and he mentioned working with this school, that was then struggling amidst the demographic changes (white flight, blockbusting by greedy realtors), that helped shut down the school eventually. Musta been a difficult time to be living there...

Mushi: 17th Feb 2007 - 22:34 GMT

I am a white girl from Southern California living in Bushwick by myself. I feel safe. Cay -- you really don't need to worry about your son. The neighborhood is noisy, but fine. I've had no problems.

Wyoming -- I think the place is fine to come explore. It's not the richest neighborhood, but there are FAR WORSE in Brooklyn. Bushwick is on the edge of Maspeth and Ridgewood, both really simple suburban areas. Congested, yes, but totally fine. I think it's amazing that you want to see where your grandparents lived. My grandfather grew up in The Bronx, and I've been in NYC for three years and still haven't seen where that was!

Antoine Whitfield: 19th Feb 2007 - 18:59 GMT

I was born & raised in bushwick (Wilson ave btwn. cooper & moffat st). Growing up in bushwick btwn yr. 71'& 88' I was fortunate to see the neighborhood go through transition. I was 8 yrs old back in 71' and can remember when it was safe to play games like Crack top, Stick ball, Punch ball, and Skelly in the middle of the street. I remember when before they built PS 384 on Cooper st., there stood a card board factory. From the roof us kids used to throws eggs at passerbys who got off the LL train. Back when rap first started, myself and a couple of other friends would dismantle our parents stereos and sneak them to the parks and throw jams until the police came. Back then we didn't worry about gangs and aids... we worried more about stuff like girlfriends, gabordine's and report cards. The neighborhood started changing when the whites moved out and drugs took over. I'm not happy to say that I got up in the life for a time, but the toughness I learned from growing up in bushwick allowed me resiliency to survive and bounce back from detriment. Bushwick just like any other place a America... can bounce back ! Anybody out there from the old hood (BWC) holla back Big ups Wilson ave., Decatur, Ballers from 384 park your know who you are holla back

Cay: 20th Feb 2007 - 16:16 GMT

Mushi and Pernell,
Mushi- Thank you, thank you. Its good to hear. Your a strong woman obviously and best to you.
Pernell- most definitely on the right track. Keep on going the straight and narrow. I love your description of your childhood fun times. Sounds like some I had way back. Neighborhood and a sense of community build strong character, that's why your bouncing back today.
Best to all,

susanw: 24th Feb 2007 - 16:25 GMT

I grew up on Cooper St. between Wilson and Knickerbocker and the upinflames mention of Fr. Peter Mahoney blew me away - I have been in touch with a nun from Fourteen Holy Martyrs, the church and school he was talking about.
My family lived there from the early 50's to early 60's and many relatives are buried in the area cemetaries. Bushwick was a warm friendly place then and I remember the influx of Cuban refugees that first moved in during that time. Most were educated and were a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I have relived those years many times with family and friends in conversations which never grow old and stale.

upfromflames: 24th Feb 2007 - 22:55 GMT

Cuban Refugees? I never heard that angle before! I always thought it was Puerto Ricans spilling over and displaced form Williamsburg...interesting. I guess they moved on from the area.

Nowadays, by the way, Bushwick is home to the second largest concentration of Mexicans in Brooklyn (great tortilla factories!) and many eucadorians, along with smaller populations of other latin american immigrants.

These new working class folks have really helped revitalize the area and make it much more of a community. The gentrifiers of today would be nowhere without the immigrant families who moved in the early 1990's.

Wyoming: 27th Feb 2007 - 19:14 GMT

Mushi - Thanks for your comments. I am anxious to come and explore the area, and you have made me feel a little more confindent about doing so. Hope you can someday soon see where your grandfather lived in the bronx.

Upfromflames - Thank you Thank you for all you're doing!

tache: 6th Mar 2007 - 15:20 GMT

I looked at an apt last night right near the Jefferson L. How is this area? I'd be moving in with my boyfriend and his brother. Right now we're living in Astoria. My boyfriend has been there for 10 years so his apartment is still low on the rent scale. We won't be able to afford anything in the neighborhood that will give us the space we need now. Compared to Astoria, the neighborhood seemed quite desolate. My only concern is of course being safe. Do any of you happen to live close by the Jefferson stop? How do you feel about the neighborhood?

anon (localhost): 6th Mar 2007 - 19:01 GMT

I don't live there...yet...but I visit quite a lot. I would recommend it. Never heard any of my friends complain about safety, crime or any of that. They just keep talking about the more and more people coming out there. And of course Wyckoff Starr and N.E. Kingdom.

There's new stuff popping up all the time. It's going to be unrecognizeable in a few years I'm afraid.

also looking to move there: 8th Mar 2007 - 05:05 GMT

my main concern is, i want to be able to get drunk in the city and cab it home.

a) around 2 am, will nyc cabbies be willing to take the ride?
b) if so, how much would that cost?
c) as an alternative, how often does the L train run around that time?
d) will i get killed if i ride the L at that time?

any feedback is appreciated. the hood does have a nice industrial flavor that i appreciate (aesthetically speaking)

Dave: 8th Mar 2007 - 18:29 GMT

Father owned a Italian Bucher Shop in the 50's-60's on the corner of Central and Bleeker, caddycorner from St. Barbara's Church ,burnt out in the 70's, never went back ! , What's there now ??, anyone with old photo's ?

Jimmy Legs: 8th Mar 2007 - 18:37 GMT

you know the drill, get into the cab first, THEN tell them where you're going. no one can say how much it'll cost since we don't know where you'd be in manhattan or where you're going in bushwick. anyway, why take a cab when we have some great train lines? as for the L train, you might want to take a ride on it, it's not exactly 'The Warriors' these days. cool thing about the L these days is they have those electronic signs that tell you how long it will be before the next train comes.

a friend of mine lives right off the jefferson stop and has had no problems. of course if they see you steppin out of a cab every night and drunkenly weaving to your door, that may be more tempatation than a thug can handle :)

also looking to move there: 9th Mar 2007 - 01:08 GMT

thanks, jimmy legs. from prior experience looking for cabs around 2am i always got the "where to?" question prior to getting in. i was never rejected when i said chelsea, but now that i may say "bushwick" i wonder what the reaction + price will be (starting the trip from soho going to jefferson L station). i love the L, but wonder what it's like late at nite, or early in the am.

i truly think there's something special happening in this hood. the industrial vibe resonates with a certain category of people (including me). naturally you get more space for the buck, since the region is not the most 'obvious'.

upfromflames: 9th Mar 2007 - 01:30 GMT

just what is happening there?

Cay: What's the L like at anytime day or night?

Peter: its slow at night ;)

upfromflames: 10th Mar 2007 - 04:31 GMT

image 18842

Central and Bleeker, in the midst of Hope Gardens housing project, one of the most successful housing projects ever built by NYCHA. The building on the corner was put up by the New York Housing Partnership, in cooperation with the Ridgewood-Bushwick (Senior Care Council).

Like many parts of Bushwick today, its back from the brink, and up from flames.

CHRIS PALMS: i remember maxi's candy store

Cay: 20th Mar 2007 - 13:47 GMT

I remember Harry's candy store - in Maplewood, NJ growing up. I'll bet tons of others remember their "candy stores" from growing up. I wonder what future generations will remember for "candy stores?" Discounted aisles of bags of bulk candy from Walmart or some other chain? Not the same as looking at all the cool candy colors, sizes, shapes, and tastes as candy counter loose stuff. Thanks for sharing Chris. Filled my memory with color and warmth.

anon ( 21st Mar 2007 - 00:44 GMT

Harrys candy store in Maplewood, NJ...NEW JERSEY ???????????

This is a Bushwick, NY board, what gives with NJ????

zinzee: 21st Mar 2007 - 02:34 GMT

For those of you looking to move here:

I live in Bushwick off of the Jefferson L. I'm one block from the L train. I really do enjoy the neighborhood. I did get my iPod taken out of my pocket but in all honesty I had been drinking all night and it was about 7am. I'm sure I didn't look sober and didn't think sober and had it clipped to the outside of my jacket. However, it was a snatch and grab so I can hardly say I felt unsafe. As the guy grabbed it I smacked him and said, "Congratulations, you're a bitch."

I moved from San Francisco and the course of a year living downtown my car was broken into, my bike stolen, and my purse stolen. It'll be a year in Bushwick in July so I think one iPod that I basically waved in front of a petty theft's face is not a bad record.

My landlord is really awesome. I moved from East Harlem where my landlord pretty much refused to fix my crumbling sealing. He preferred to patch over the mold that was forming. When I came to look at the place my landlord stressed how important it is to tell him if there is ever any leak. No problem!

I have a really nice size two bedroom apartment and have a great deal. Mu landlord also signed a two-year lease with me at the same price for two years. He owns three buildings on coinciding corners and is always willing to give my friend's first dibs on apartments opening to be rented. There's been one problem with my heat not coming on in the living room and he sent someone up the same day to have a look at it! Amazing!

I take a cab once or twice a week when I work late (coming home around two or three AM). I come home from the LES, which is nice and close to the Williamsburg Bridge. I don't tell the cab drivers where I'm going until I get in. Also, if they have a problem I tell them I can get another cab since it is fairly easy to catch one from that area. I know how to get to the neighborhood through a little cut, which makes the ride about $15 with a fair tip. I usually tip an extra dollar or two when I have a cool cabbie. I also make sure they know how to get back to the bridge and then ask them to wait until I get in the door.

I'd rather not wait on the L train after midnight, if possible. However, I've done it plenty before and the longest I believe I've waited is 20-30 minutes. It's pretty safe, even late at night/early morning. There's usually enough people on it that safety on the train is not a concern. You do just want to be aware when getting off. I think that is what will make you feel safe and thus be safe.

The taqueria factory is AWESOME!! The guy that makes the tacos is such a sweetheart! Plus they're the best tacos I've had since California, and that's saying a lot. Wyckoff Starr coffee shop is a very welcomed addition. Very nice staff and very good coffee. Northeastern restaurant has really good food. Slowly but surely I see this neighborhood changing before my eyes, and I haven't even been here for long. There was a 'sketchy' house on the block, which has since closed down. It looks like it's being renovated so it should bring the block up even more. It's such a relief to have the place being converted, even though I hear the former owner has fallen ill, which is not surprising but sad none-the-less.

Sorry to ramble on but I do so enjoy living here! I hope you enjoy it, as well!

Cay: 21st Mar 2007 - 12:23 GMT

Zinzee, I like your input about the late nights/early AM's. My son lives in Bushwick, and coming from rural New England its a change to be sure.
Hey, Anon, I only mentioned Harry's because the previous thread mentioned a candy store, and it took me back some. Sorry to mention Jersey on the Bushwick board, but Jersey is very cool, and always is the BEST place to be FROM.

howie: 28th Mar 2007 - 20:14 GMT

i grew up on linden street between bushwick and evergreen/ went to st. barbara'sthis was from 1948 till 1959 any one know what this area is like now?

JimQV: 28th Mar 2007 - 21:20 GMT

Linden, from Bushwick to Evergreen Aves? I worked in Bushwick, it's pretty horrible. Very dangerous, and it's not going to get better. You have "newbies" to NYC on this message board who think cheap rent in Bushwick is worth risking their necks, how stupid. Of course, this post will never see the light of day. Any posts that are honest about the crime in that neighborhood get yanked right down. The board monitors only want happy talk about Bushwick.

upfromflames: 28th Mar 2007 - 22:30 GMT

Dunno where you are coming from with that. I am working out there now interviewing some of the folks of the block association, which helped the neighborhood to stay solid after the blackout, like starting that lovely garden at the intersection on the NE corner of B'way and Linden.

Its not just about where white folks have decided to live. Its a matter of everyone who lives in a place; old timers and young kids and everyone in between that makes a street a neighborhood. They all deserve safety and security.

Maybe you feel you are part of some Anti-gentrification block. And I understand that. Things are getting pricey in every area of Bushwick. But its not the gentrifiers' fault. Don't take your anger out on them, but rather maybe this crazed real esate market that makes it impossible to afford nearly anywhere else.

Scare tactics and race baiting are not going to accomplish anything.

Cay: 29th Mar 2007 - 14:53 GMT

There are people moving into the neighborhood from outside it. This should be a good thing if they bring their money and their good will with them. It benefits all the residents. Bad things happen everywhere, in all neighborhoods in NYC. I think mostly all people want to be safe. Its not "racist" or anti-poverty or any other anti out there.

JimQV: 29th Mar 2007 - 17:43 GMT

Yeah, over the months there have been people who've posted here, thinking of moving to Bushwick, asking for an opinion about the safeness of the neighborhood. Why not give them an honest opinion, based on the crime stats from the 83 Pct? This is how safe you were in Bushwick in 2006 according to the NYPD's own web-site: There were 6 people murdered in the 83 Pct, 39 rapes, 515 robberies, 394 felony assaults, 532 burglaries, 305 grand larcenies, and finally 262 people were the victims of grand larceny auto. So when someone from Idaho, who's sending their "baby dumpling" to the Fashion Institute of Technology, posts asking if it's a safe neighborhood for little Janey to get an apartment, why not tell them the truth as per the NYPD? Look for yourselves, it's on the Internet.

Is Bushwick as dangerous as it was in 1990? No, but there weren't ANY murders in my neighborhood in 2006, and all the other crime categories were proportionally less too. If you're a newcomer to Bushwick you better watch out, because you're going to be a target.

If you're thinking of moving to Bushwick, just to save money, you're taking a real chance with your personal saftey. The bottom line is that all this "Bushwick happy talk" is by real estate speculators who are playing flip this house. They want you to live in their mistake.

upfromflames: 29th Mar 2007 - 22:14 GMT

Word on that, from JimQV, although I did disagree with you yesterday for your approach.

But on that last point, its true.

Real Estate speculators have an interest in manipulating people---but its not just the young folks moving into the area for a bargain.Its also the more desperate homeowners who have been holding on through the worst years. When they are tagged by a speculator, pestered with offers to sell, shown suitcases full of cashes--I have heard about recently--its a sad thing--with all the other tenants in the building evicted (in the absence of rent regulation) polished up, and flipped. Its a nicer neighborhood after all these years, but hollower for all that is going on now.

I think that speculators, especially the hasidic Jews who have flocked across Flushing, are having a profound impact in this regard, distorting the real estate market in comparison with surrounding areas of Queens and Brooklyn. But, as one of them said to me, "if we did not do it, then someone else would be".

As a historian, I am very glad that the narrative I am writing leads Bushwick to a happy ending--but how happy is it really if those who labored cannot really enjoy its fruits?

Dcchanged man: 3rd Apr 2007 - 05:22 GMT

I lived in bushwick from 1968-1982
Comfort and hell in bushwick depends on which pocket you lived in.
The dead end streets of buswick Aberdeen , Granite , Desales Place and so on where a lot safer. The area around Pilling , Moffat, and Chauncy between Bushwick and Evergreen where pretty decent and had gorgeous houses/brown stones. However, when you got closer to the streets between Bushwick ave and Broadway, all hell broke loose. You were literaly a few steps and across the street from Bed-Sty and Ocean Hill Brownsville.
I welcome the new changes, however, when I think of my friends at the time (early seventies and eighties)getting beating and killed over stupid things like cazelle eyeglass frames, ugly sheepskin coats, radios formerly called "boxes", sneakers, and of course small amounts of drugs my mind becomes uneasy. It took me a long time to shake the negative memories of Bushwick. I am now a Professional living in a nice quiet suburb. To anyone who is not familiar with rough inner city neighborhoods, please, be very careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some of the people you are communicating with don't share a common agenda or an out-look off life with you. You don't know their pains and mental conditions, They may harm you physically or mentally for things you have no control of. Like having a job , happiness, or common sense. If you plan to move there, beeeeeee veryyyyyyyyyy Careful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From one who knows
Take care

Mushi: 5th Apr 2007 - 00:37 GMT

I've now lived in Bushwick for 10 months. Other than the fact that where I live feels like a dorm sometimes (loud music, loud people), I do feel safe there. Yes, as I have said, it doesn't look like the most desirable place in the world, but it's cheap, I have a big space, and I have off-street parking.

JimQV sounds paranoid. I am saving money and getting a heck of a value. You hear just as many stories of people getting murdered, raped, and attacked in Manhattan. You have to be safe no matter where you go -- take the same precautions you would take any place else, whether it's the Upper Eastside or East New York.

Yes, I'd like to move, but just because I'd like to be closer to my boyfriend who lives in Long Island. In the meantime, I know people who live in tinier places and pay a lot more or have to have a roommate.

The taqueria is awesome. And thank goodness for Wykoff-Star.

Yes, I've said this before and I'll say it again, I do wish I had more things around me, like if I were living in Greenpoint. Yes, I do wish I lived in a more suburban area where it was a little quieter. But for now, living in Bushwick is fine and works. And the Western Beef Supermarket on Metropolitan is awesome and CHEAP.

Zinzee -- I agree with you. The place can only get better.

iman: 5th Apr 2007 - 02:03 GMT

i live in bensonhurst and it looks very similar to bushwick. i'm from long island and every town there looks completely different from another. i guess brooklyn is all the same. and it's a cool place.

Mushi: 5th Apr 2007 - 13:11 GMT

Uponflames and Jimmy QV -- also, when choosing a place to live, no real estate agent did an upsell to me. I didn't go through a broker to find my place, just an add online. Real estate agents will manipulate you if you let them -- I've never done that. I went into Bushwick with eyes wide-open.

Bushwick is a bargain because all of the rich snobs and trust fund babies have priced the middle-class out of Williamsburg and Park Slope. And you know what? Williamsburg and Park Slope weren't nice areas one upon a time as well. Things improve -- living within a 15 to 20 minute subway ride from Manhattan is what is important to people, and as a result, the bad areas will improve. It may take time -- it always does. But I know people who went to NYU 15 years ago when it was scary to walk in Washington Square Park during the day. Now that is one of the most desirable areas in which to live.

vvargas: 8th Apr 2007 - 16:07 GMT

all this talk about bushwick being unsafe and that only ppl looking to flip their properties are going to encourage you to live here is nonsense. change starts somewhere and it has already started. i have lived here for three years. when i got my apartment the rent was $950. i was looking on craigslist the other day and it seems impossible to find a 2bdrm for that price now. i have never felt in danger and actually feel very safe walking home at 4am when coming home on the very safe L train! ppl on the site who lived in bushwick 20 yrs ago when it was much like MANY other neighborhoods (including the very popular WILLIE B) have a bad taste in their mouth. many of them have moved into the suburbs and have become used to that style of living. so when they come back and see bushwick, even with all of its improvements, its still unlivable to them. i am not in real estate and stand nothing to gain by encouraging anyone to move to bushwick. if you are looking for an inexpensive place to live, that is 20 mins from the city, with 24hr stores and laundromats, bushwick is great. some blocks can be very noisy during the summer. i looked at my apartment when it was cold outside so i didnt get a realistic picture of what the block was like year round. ask about your neighbors, maybe even speak to one and ask them what the block is like during the warmer months.

Armstrong: 9th Apr 2007 - 02:10 GMT

I just got a two bedroom railroad in one of the big old brick tenements on Starr Street right on the park. I'm excited. I've lived in Bushwick since 2000 and I love it. When I moved here in 2000, if I saw another white person, we both would jump "is that a mirror?" I'd think. The area is getting better and the diversity is a good thing. Since there is so much rent stabilized housing, I believe that gentrification will be a bit more egalitarian and slow-moving than it was in Williamsburg, where the neighborhood became unrecognizable from 1995-2000. Bushwick needs an influx of money and TLC. Let's all start badgering Spitzer about increasing the $2000 rent cap on stabilized apartments to at least $3500.

Armstrong: 9th Apr 2007 - 02:22 GMT

Also, saying hello to neighbors and being openminded toward people on the street is the best way for newcomers to become part of the neighborhood. This is not easy but if I, as a white person, walk around with my head down, thinking that the long-time residents hate me, what must they be imagining that I'm thinking about them? Probably the worst. Sometimes I get attitude out here, but there are also times when a total stranger, even teenage guys sometimes, will say hello as I walk down the street. So be openminded, bring a good vibe, expect the best and at the same time, keep your streetsmarts. That's what I've been trying to do.

Jimmy Legs: 9th Apr 2007 - 16:45 GMT

i'd just like to point out that bushwick's crime stats are no worse (and in most cases, significantly better) than that of bed-stuy, east new york or crown heights in the last year. sure it has crime, but to view these stats out of context is to misrepresent what's actually happening, as much as the realtors who tell the new kids that bushwick is the new greenwich village.

dougieESQ: 11th Apr 2007 - 02:11 GMT

Bushwick AKA: East Williamsburg...yeah, no thanks. Keep drinkin' the kool-aid hipsters while I stay put in greenpoint.

blueeyes: 11th Apr 2007 - 03:50 GMT

Last year, I moved from Williamsburg "Prime" (Bedford stop), where I lived happily but cautiously for 7 years. During that time my next door neighbor was held up at gunpoint at our front door (2005), our car stolen (2003),mult iple nearby friends apartments were robbed, and I stayed through a murder spree (anyone else remember the shoe lace killer in 2000)... Despite the troubles of course, the place was "cool" and I would still be there if my rent had not doubled. So last year, I moved to Bushwick / Bedstuy border - where, (despite the lack of cool places to dine within close walking distance, and despite all of my WillyB friends turned up noses) I am surprised to find myself SO MUCH HAPPIER! While I will always remain cautious here as everwhere in NYC, my block actually feels safer and is far prettier than my "dirty but cool" warehouse. My street is clean, well lit, well patrolled, has a family feel, and the JMZ (I live by the Myrtle JMZ stop) is so reliable, runs more frequently and I get to work faster (Soho) than ever before. I am in a huge new apartment at a fraction of what my drafty and poorly maintained loft was before. Do I miss Planet Thai, Bembe, Greenpoint Tavern? Sure, but they are still close and I certainly don't miss feeling like I was the only girl on the block whose daddy was not subsidizing all or part of the rent. Areas change, they hopefully improve as Bushwick is, and I will happily stay renting here until I can buy a place of my own and stop the rent game. Crime happens everywhere, and "PollyAnnas" or "Wild Bills" will have problems in every area. I did not get coerced into my decision by a realestate broker- my wallet and my need to be close to Manhattan made the decision and I LOVE IT HERE!

Eviva: 13th Apr 2007 - 00:25 GMT

I just bought a condo off the Dekalb Avenue L stop. I really like the area and while it's true that Bushwick isn't quite Williamsburg, I see ample potential. Also, real estate in Bushwick is lower than anywhere else in Brooklyn, apart from East New York. And, you get a lot more space for your buck..I love it here!

teachnyc: 14th Apr 2007 - 00:24 GMT

I work in bushwick's schools and I can't tell you how many times I hear my counterparts from our sister districts in queens talk about how bad it is in BW (they never want to attend conferences here in fear that someone might steal their cars). I will tell you I have enjoyed my five years here. You find a mix of people, a variety of great food *check out Ridgewood Eats on Seneca* (although we do need an indian and sushi place out there), and great bargain stores. Every major street you cross leads you to another cultural hubub. BW definitely has it's dangers (gangs, drugs), but what area in NY doesn't. I sometimes feel less safe in the city at night.

The only thing I have negative to say about my experience in BW is that education is not in the fore front for a lot of parents. I speak from experience not assumption. As an educator you have to work three times as hard to get the kids to work. We have gotten such a bad rap.....but I have met so many kids that I will never forget. I have lost two kids since I have been here. A young man with such a good heart died on the basketball court at tryouts a few years back (rest in peace) and another sent to a residential program due to psychiatric issues. Both bright children with great futures. We have more of THESE gems to nurture.....

The more the community is built up, the better it will be for the children. All are welcome in BW and that's the important thing. It's a great place to start off if you wish to stay close to the city but still get the feel of a community. My husband calls it the Village of Brooklyn.

Cay: 16th Apr 2007 - 12:23 GMT

Obviously from the threads above Bushwick is so much more positive than negative. Up is always the best direction to go. Keep a positive attitude, goodness in your heart, and no matter where you live you will thrive, and in the course of time will bring those around you up with you.

zilep: 22nd Apr 2007 - 00:01 GMT

Bought a house in the heart of Bushwick- on Central avenue and Cornelia streets (one of those cookie cutter homes with all the meters showing- you know the ones the BROWNSTONER people love to hate). And i LOVE it! Not an ideal neighborhood my any means, but i like the sound of affordable space!!! Just the right combination of ghetto and historical. Still undiscovered by many and hoping it remains untouched a little longer. For now, i'll enjoy the sights and sounds of old Dominican men playing Dominoes on the streets; Watching black girls braiding each other's hair on the stoops; Men bbq'ing in their front patio; Little kids running around the hydrants during those hot summer days; the REAL Puerto Rican parade; the cheap Latin restaurants with delicious home cooked meals (and if i want trendier restaurants I can choose between Williamsburg and Ridgewood); The cheap drop off laundromats; the tons of beautiful churches; Fixer upper brownstones, row houses, old mini mansions, flat fixed shops; Cheap hair blowouts by Dominican women (the best hair blowdrys) and of course the wonderful L train. Do i wish i lived in Prospect Park or the UWS? ofcourse who wouldnt? But those places have already been sanitized and broken into and i consider myself a trendsetter, a pioneer if you wish- so right now my home is BUSHWICK "the town of the woods." But hey, i wouldnt mind moving into Frederick A. Cook's old mansion (still in Bushwick of course). I wonder who owns that place?

I rent out 2 of my 3 apartments in my home and i've never had problems renting them out at competitive Brooklyn rates. I've had wonderful tenants and would buy this house all over again. And by the way, i'm 8 blocks away from the L train and 8 blocks away from the J train and it's a 35 minute ride to Union Square- and people are still lining up wanting to snatch up any of the 2 apartments. And they're not even loft apartments. When i post on Craigs' list looking for my tenants, i get many many many repsonses and even have to choose between the many potential tenants.

shoot it straight: 22nd Apr 2007 - 15:26 GMT

Some of these post make me smile and some are just annoying. The neighborhood does have potential, which one doesn't? Change starts with the people who are there and where they see themselves in the future. Bushwick CAN be safe but that depends on who you ask. I worked @ P.S 123 and it was great. the kids were fun, but they have lived difficult lives and need better role models. Our cars were broken into on the street across from the school weekly. I never did have any problems and the parents I met had my respect. They did however, let me know that it is different on the weekend and in the summer. arriving early from Queens, I would often see the Salvation Army vans "cleaning up" the streets of addicts who were passed out on the street or in the park before school opened. I am not saying it is any worse than anywhere else in NY. but it depends on if you ask, the guy who got shot at last night or the one who didn't. All in all dont blame the neighborhood

shoot it straight: 22nd Apr 2007 - 15:29 GMT

Also, i agree C-Town is good, the deli on the corner of Knickerbocker and Suydam, good too, and you can't beat the shopping on Knickerbocker.

Johanna: 24th Apr 2007 - 16:20 GMT

I've lived her for 27 years. I love this place. My parents came from the Dominican Republic in search for the AMERICAN DREAM. They have both prospered and have raised 3 children to be all that they can be while still remaining true to the place that gave them all street crede. Loving BUSHWICK is what BUSHWICKITE DO!

Lora: Moonstruck with Cher was pictured there?

Cay: No I think that was Bay Ridge.

sick: 1st May 2007 - 11:27 GMT

bushwick is probabably the heroin capital of new york i know b/c i i go to the needle exchange placed so conveniently on broadway
dont raise your kids in this neighborhood they will grow up to be as mindless and drug addicted as there surroundings
i dont blame the neighborhood b/c youths have no other oppurtunities
i live on the island and go to bushwick to copheroin ruins my life
while money ruins the life of these gun toteing idiots who we both end up in jail
parents make it easy on yourselfs move too nice neighborhoods
streets riddled with kennedy chicken needle exchanges and smell like vermin fesces are the places least likely to have a neighborhood bookstore

upfromflames: 1st May 2007 - 15:11 GMT

There is, if this posting is real, an interesting story behind this. Ever see that scene in the godfather, where they are deciding whether to sell heroin or not? well, that is what happened to Bushwick. It was HQ'd there, run by Carmine Galante, who was murdered for going over the line with his heroin sales in 1979.
Anyway, as you can see, this is history, and so is much of what this guy refers to. There are not so much drugs on the street as there once was in the early 1990's.

As for today, you know where to get YOUR stuff, but most of my students, that have grown up in B'wick, don't have a problem with heroin. Green, yes, but not the brown. NYPD, please keep it that way.

Lora: 3rd May 2007 - 22:16 GMT

22 Goodwin Place- I am looking for a new development by that address. Anybody knows, is it there, because listing says it's Williamsburg. thanks

upfromflames: 3rd May 2007 - 22:27 GMT

Yep, thats bushwick alright, an interesting little one block street between
Broadway and Bushwick Ave. close to the train, and the bustle, but a great street. Picture of it here.

rosecolredglasses: 6th May 2007 - 03:14 GMT

While it is true the Bushwick is "trying" to come back, it haas a long way to go. Without a doubt, it is much better than the period of 1976-1994 when you could honestly say it was ground zero so far as crime drugs and violenece was concerned, to put things in perspective, stores that would deliver appliances and such, would not make deliveries to apartments in the area, and police would only respond to calls with two patrol cars. After all how many neighborhoods had whole streets closed off to traffic because of the drug problem. The bombed/burnt out houses are all torn down, and new expensive (overpriced) housing is being put up, but lets face it, the area has a long way to go.
The area that is still bad is boarderd by evergreen and st. nicholas from starr over thru Jefferson/Flushing. that area is very bad, look at the houses on jefferson near wyckoff/st. nich, there are actually official signs on the doors saying no one is allowed in except the tenants/landloard and NYPD. People, do not sacrifice your safety for "cheap" rent. It is not worth it. the area is coming back, but it has a long way to go. I know people who work in the new hursing home facility on Central, and they say the area is not safe, and they have trouble getting night workers and actually have a service that takes workers to the train, as they do not let workers walk by themselves. Some parts of the area will ALWAYS be bad. Please dont believe all you read, visit it yourself.

Armstrong: 6th May 2007 - 20:48 GMT

I just got an apartment on Starr St and Knickerbocker so I a little bit resent rosecoloredglasse's last comment. at the same time, I'm a realist and yes, that area would be considered blighted by many folks. yet there is a police presence - they just put up high-tech security cameras at two stoplights on Knickerbocker. the area rosecolored describes is definitely being cleaned up, and the new people moving on those blocks tend to be hardworking central american immigrants and artists. especially on starr street right on the park, I'm seeing hipster kids moving into those stately tenements that line the park. another thing to consider is the exact area (bordered by Evergreen and St. Nicholas from Starr St. over thru Jefferson/Flushing) is exactly the area that separates the trendy Morgan Stop from Maria Hernandez park and bustling Knickerbocker Ave. I really do think this entire area will be unrecognizable in 5 years.

Armstrong: 6th May 2007 - 20:53 GMT

unrecognizable in a good way of course! here are the views from my new apartment of Maria Hernandez park and Manhattan skyline (taken from the roof looking back towards Troutman St.)

Mike: 7th May 2007 - 18:36 GMT

I'm coming to NYC from England for 4 months in June, I was thinking of finding somewhere in Bushwick actually, what does everyone think for a short term stay?

anon ( 10th May 2007 - 06:44 GMT

thinking of moving in at halsey and broadway... seems almost nicer than the myrtle/broadway area, despite its being farther east. does bushwick/bed stuy sort of chill out between the marcy projects and east ny? what gives?

Cay: 11th May 2007 - 15:43 GMT

For a short term stay I'd suggest lower Manhattan. You'd be centrally located to everything and not have to hassle with BK unknowns.

Jimmy Legs: 11th May 2007 - 18:25 GMT

it's a strange attitude to adopt, rosecoloredglasses: bemoan safety issues but still admit the neighborhood is coming back. how does a neighborhood come back without change? and in this case one undeniable aspect of this is an influx of new residents. the people who move here only for cheap rent never last long, but then they never last long in this city at all.

re: anon, halsey and broadway is down near where i live, i really like it although it is pretty dissimilar than the north part of bushwick, more straight residential tho not without its rough moments. still some fools around here who use guns as a debating point.

Cay: 14th May 2007 - 14:09 GMT

Still, after this past weekend, I would recommend not staying in Bushwick. Enough said, but its a big mistake to think being young, white and naive will protect you from harm. Live somewhere else, gentrification be damned.

Ld: what happened this weekend?

anon (): 15th May 2007 - 05:32 GMT


Cay: 15th May 2007 - 17:10 GMT

I don't think its fair if I go into it, because I'd have a hard time finding words appropriate to the board. But, I urge all to be careful. There are some evil people in Bushwick, and while there is alot of police presence, its useless if they don't intervene. Be on guard.

Peter: 15th May 2007 - 18:31 GMT

come on cay, dont be a tease... i, for one, am particularly interested in knowing what happened, as im moving into that neighborhood as we speak... and i want to know what goes on around there...

Cay: 16th May 2007 - 12:28 GMT

If you can go in and out of your new place in the daytime, and literally live as a prisoner in your place in the nighttime, you MIGHT be O.K. That's all I can or will say.
Good luck to all of you. Goodbye Bushwick.

Peter: 16th May 2007 - 15:47 GMT

i dunno, cay. that sounds like scaremongering... or maybe you just had some bad experiences... ive been out and about around there a lot really late at night... never had any problems. i mean, i dont slink around in the dark recesses between abandoned warehouses, but who does? ive walked 10 blocks back back from the train at 4am, gone out for beer at the bodega at all hours...

but to each his own, i suppose... but without any details about what youre talking about, it seems like your opinion is based more on your feelings than on fact.

but if youd like to share the facts, that would rule.

Anne M. Berger: 16th May 2007 - 16:52 GMT

I grew up in Brooklyn in the forties and fifties. It was truly the melting pot. I went to St. Joseph's on Sydam St. My Irish friends went to St. Lenords on Toutman? not sure and my German friends went to St. John's the parish where my parent's were married. I never knew we were a low income family because I enjoyed everything from roller skating, biking which I rented from a store on Central Avenue for $2.00 a day and that is how I learned to ride a bike. We didn't have barbecues so we got a couple of bricks and a can that we brought down from our apts. a potato and a bag of marshmellows and with our parents by our side we roasted and toasted. We played kick the can, hide and seek, potsy (hop scotch) stoop ball, punch ball, stick ball with a broom handle or mop handle. Our parent's in the summer sat on the stoop or porches until late at night talking to neighbors and watched us while we played. During the day we all took the El and went to Cypress Pool. In the fall we all met at Flushing Meadows for Roller skating and Ice Skating. The Labor Lyceum had German picnics and dances and we all managed to go in and have great food and lots of fun. My Uncle Wally was a brew master for Schlitz Beer.

The neighbors would sit by windows resting their arms on pillows watching us play and if were doing something wrong we heard from them, talk about neighborhood watch? My Aunts and Uncles were 15 minutes apart from all of us and Sunday was always a family gathering always macaroni of some sort and lots of desserts.

We had Eddy's the butcher on Myrtle Ave., and Pete the Grocer on Willoughby and Evergreen and the candy store on Myrtle Aveneu where I could bring bottles back for money.
We also had a celebrity who would come in for a newspaper by the name of Julius LaRosa.

We lived on DeKalb first near Knickerbocker, and moved to Evergreen Avenue and then to Willoughby Ave. My memories are wonderful of growing up in a place that gave me independence and what we now call street smarts. I never felt I was missing anything it was all there.

There was a TV show called Brooklyn Bridge, this show brought so many memories back to me in which I actually lived.

Cay: 16th May 2007 - 16:56 GMT

Not scaremongering... God knows NYC is scary enough. But I'm just saying its not enough to be very careful, its not enough to just "be aware of your surroundings at all times." Had one bad experience, involving a weapon, and gang members and I'm not going back for more of the same.

Peter: 16th May 2007 - 17:56 GMT

cay: firstly, i think its humorously ironic that you qualify "not scaremongering" by saying "god knows is scary enough". thats a dated, inaccurate and stereotypical statement that i dont appreciate much, as a er. if you truly feel that way, you should consider relocating to wherever it was you came from before nyc put "the fear" in you... maybe or , or perhaps somewhere more pastoral, like ?

secondly, im not sure your singular, isolated incident makes a "bad" place.

but then again, i dont worry much. the last time i got jumped by an armed thug, i retaliated and ended up kicking the guys ass (shattering his right knee and femur in the process) and pressing enough charges to have him sent upstate... that is, after he spent 3 weeks in the hospital.

...and that was in freaking yuppie-ass at 3pm on a balmy autumn sunday. that was my one and only bad experience out of about a decade and a half in the area.

is just like every other outer-boro working-class, racially-mixed neighborhood. it has its drama, thugs and underground schemes just like every other neighborhood. just because it hasnt completely gentrified (yet...?) and has a vague presence doesnt make it a place where you have to "literally live as a prisoner in your place in the nighttime".

sorry if i seem to be playing devil's advocate, but frankly, im psyched as hell to be moving to from . ive scored an amazingly large (and dirt cheap) loft close to two trains, and the shopping, family life and culture in the area is amazing, rich and fascinating.

after living in about 8 different apartments throughout and over the years, i actually think this place im moving to has me the most psyched of them all...

bring it on, !

upfromflames: 16th May 2007 - 22:45 GMT

Word, peter.

I was a bit shaken up this morning when I found out a fellow teacher was held up at gunpoint at 5PM Tuesday--on the M train platform at Central Ave--one that I have used everyday for 4 years.

Does that challenge my whole historical thesis that Bushwick has come "up from flames" and is different now than it once was?

farul: 17th May 2007 - 00:52 GMT

Yea, Bushwick is different than it was before. Cuz back in the day, they'd have got popped. Now they just get held up. Heh.

Mushi: 17th May 2007 - 01:24 GMT

There are mean people everywhere in this city, whether it's Bushwick, Sunnyside, Park Slope, the Upper Eastside, doesn't matter.

People with attitudes like some mentioned above really upset me. Yeah, I'd love to live in Woodside. I'd love to live in Manhattan. But I'll never get a place as large as I have now unless I want to pay my whole monthy earnings on rent. Bushwick is fine. It works for people. It's just as dangerous as almost any other place in the city.

I am not a Pollyanna or anything of the sort. I don't like the noise in the summer. I don't like going out late at night by myself. Yes, I could get jumped here as well -- I totally get that. I could get jumped in Manhattan as well.

What am I trying to say? I am not sure. It just feels like there are people on this board that just want to cap on Bushwick because they can. Are those people snots who live in other parts of the city? Perhaps in the cooler, trendier...Morgantown? Maybe even in Williamsburg proper? Are thery just trying to act superior? Do these people go on the "MyHouseInEastNewYork" web site and cap on those people as well?

Glad to see Peter is psyched to be in Bushwick. Trust me, it could be a much worse place.

Cay: 17th May 2007 - 13:24 GMT

I started out hopeful and willing and embracing the challenge of fitting in and making it work. I'm just sharing with those who care to listen to go about their business, and deal with their personal safety. If cheap rent and large loft space are the draw, remember, you get what you pay for. And in Bushwick you are paying for Bloods, Crypts, Latin Kings, cat/rat fights in abandoned buildings, and absolutely schizo/paranoid people on the streets night and day, some armed. "Vague gang presence" is totally inaccurate. TOTALLY. So, do what you have to do. And Peter, NYC under Guliani really did have improved crime statistics and police presence. Under Bloomberg its started to slide, and anyone whose spent time in the city knows this to be true.

tito: 19th May 2007 - 00:46 GMT

i lived in bushwick(greene ave, bleeker st, wyckoff ave, you know how we did it in bklyn. move from block to block) I had a group of friends back when i was there that im trying to locate. we grew up from kids to young men and most of use left. we had our little clik back then "the 86 boys" for p.s. 86 on irving ave. if anyone remembers junior from greene ave, abbey "bald head" from greene ave, jose "joey" from greene ave, theres more but to many to list. If anyone remembers them or myself give me a holla...

Armstrong: 20th May 2007 - 16:30 GMT

All this talk of crime is interesting yet Bushwick is changing everyday. It is inevitable. I think it will change for the better, remaining a mixed neighborhood demographically and economically. It is closer to Manhattan than many other gentrified hoods and the city is expecting one million more residents. Even if the economy were to tank tomorrow, the demographics of people moving en-masse into the city will not change. Every hood within 1/2 hour to Manhattan will be gentrified. There is no doubt about that. As Bushwick has a large percentage of the city's stabilized rentals, I foresee an interesting decade ahead in regards to landlords being forced to fix violations or lose their buildings to the city. I think we will also see a lot more immigrant activism in regards to keeping the stock of stabilized apartments (a good thing) in the neighborhood, at the same time as more investors move to buy abandoned/manufacturing properties for development. I believe also that the areas immediately surrounding the Jefferson and Morgan stops will be rezoned in the near future to allow huge housing developments which will take advantage of the proximity of the subway. thoughts?

ROB: 27th May 2007 - 11:37 GMT

Bushwick sucks, Ridgewood too. I lived in both parts and Gendale too. Williamsburgh and so on. Bushwish/Ridgewood same crap is like this, one small raid road apartment for $1500 a month with 8 mexican, equadorian, el salvadorian, etc, sharing one railroad apartment. Puerto Ricans are the monorities now, along with whites and black, they are moving the hell out, I guess they are waking up. The only P.R, Whites, and Blacks still living in that hood is because their parents never did shit for them and now they are stuck. I thank God I am out of there. Drugs, Aids, Guns is what your kids will learn over there. Get out while you can, for real, for real.

Mushi: 31st May 2007 - 13:14 GMT

I agree with Armstrong -- change is inevitable.

Rob: if you don't like where you live, if you don't like Bushwick, then please lease. There are those of us who find Bushwick just fine for our needs.

PEMA: 1st Jun 2007 - 21:36 GMT

my husband grw up in bushwick while i myself grew up in tx. so some times its like we are from diff planets. anyway its interesting to see how you all talk about the place. i was lucky enough to visit last yr and i think that some times natives of brooklyn take for granted all beauty of brooklyn. yes beauty. dont get me wrong i prob wouldnt want to be out at 2 am by myself but its amazing some of the views of city you have. the empire state building lit up at night and the bridge. so i hope that you guys stop from time to time and try to see your home like some one whos there for the fist time. oh and gotta give props to al lthose great writters from bushwick. WEWE!!!!!

ROB: 2nd Jun 2007 - 09:29 GMT

That's true Pema, I'm from Brooklyn and Mushi, I did leave... Because if you have children that's that the place to be. IF YOU SINGLE OR LIVING WITH ANOTHER ADULT it's fine, just don't go out at night, because we have a saying in bushwish, The freaks comes out at night and Ecos in the night, if you know what I mean so if you have a family like I do, get out while you can or someday your kids will become another piece of art on some corner wall. If you know what I mean?

Honey: 5th Jun 2007 - 18:30 GMT

Bushwick was a great place to grow up back in 90's. Now since people grown up it's been just sex and drugs to them.

Honey: 5th Jun 2007 - 18:34 GMT

To RoB.. Just because your life didn't come out the way you like it, please don't sterotype any other race. Stop assuming shit and get your facts straight. Ignorant ass!! I'm hispanic and still living in Bushwick. I attend a fine institution in Manhattan and plan on doing big things in life. So don't think just because you stay in Bushwick, doesn't mean your parents didn't do anything for you.

PEMA: 6th Jun 2007 - 16:39 GMT

relax honey sometimes kind words go alot farther and last longer.

HSH: 6th Jun 2007 - 20:08 GMT

If there's anyone on this page who's actually living in Bushwick right now, I'd love to get your perspective and hear your experiences. I was just there yesterday looking at properties. Some really gorgeous stuff and one in particular was INSANELY priced. I agree that the neighborhood still has a way to go, but I've been going there for over 15 years and anyone who denies the changes is totally blind. The truth is, by the time it becomes another WB, it won't be affordable anymore. My family hails from Suydam street...straight off the boat in 1911 until they moved out in 1960. I've been determined to go back, though I'm fully aware it isn't 1955 anymore. My logic is, mind your own business and use your head.

Peter: 6th Jun 2007 - 20:19 GMT

im in the middle of moving to from right now, actually. ill keep you posted. so far, i really like it in bushwick. if i was worried even the slightest bit, i wouldnt be moving there...

HSH: 7th Jun 2007 - 04:14 GMT

Peter, I'd love to stay in touch with can email me at I personally have never encountered a problem there myself (though I did have the pleasure of witnessing 2 cops - one female - frisking someone outside C-Town yesterday. Oddly, it made me feel rather secure and certain about the changing climate of the area, as there were times when even the police gave up on Bushwick). I've been going there, like I stated, long before condos and lofts were even a vague thought in any developer's mind. I did a photo documentary of the area in 2000 and found the people to be very friendly, helpful and eager to engage in conversation. I feel Bushwick has long been neglected and left to fend for itself during desperate times and that its Renaissance is approaching. Hopefully, those moving into the neighborhood will take some pride, get involved in the current changes and help affect new ones.

upfromflames: 7th Jun 2007 - 10:33 GMT

HSH: I'd love the opportunity to see your photo doc on Bushwick.

I've been working on one this year.

To see part of it, check upfromflameson citynoise,

or better, hit the Brooklyn Historical Society's opening tonight for:
Up From Flames: Mapping Bushwick's Recovery 1977-2007
May 23-Aug 26, 2007

or see it this summer.

For residents past, current, and future.

upfromflames: 7th Jun 2007 - 10:37 GMT

[[]] for directions and such....

And don't miss the walking tour this saturday...

meeting at Gates Ave Station on the J--Linden Ave and Broadway, that is--at 1PM. Its a two hour tour catching sites old and new.

I'll be leading it with Bushwick historian John Dereszewski.
Its not to be missed, if I do say so myself!

HSH: Sounds great - - I'm gonna try and make it!

cjh: 8th Jun 2007 - 04:43 GMT

This is for upfromflames: I was born and raised (1969 to 1990) in the boarded-up house pictured in your February 10 article. The actual address of that building is 23 Troutman Street. What led to the ruin of this building and the three additionally attached buildings? It certainly was the owner. This piece of property was owned, and remains owned by St. Mark's Lutheran Church (conveniently located just around the corner on Bushwick Avenue). As the church's congregation began to dwindle, and financial resources began to shrink, the church leadership had this grand vision that they would raze these four buildings and build an addition to the St. Mark's Lutheran School.

The fourteen families that resided in these buildings were told in the mid to late-nineties that the church could no longer afford to provide essential services for the buildings and they must move out to make way for the construction of the new school. Although no actual funding was secured for the new construction of the school, tenants feared the loss of services and security and began to vacate their apartments. My father was the last hold-out and moved from 23 Troutman Street in 2000.

As I grew up on Troutman Street, neighbors looked out for one another and I believed my block, with not one boarded-up building or vacant lot, was one of the "crown jewels" in Bushwick. St. Mark's Lutheran Church destroyed a beautiful block and assisted with conjuring up negative visions of a Bushwick past.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church should have sold the property when they could no longer afford to maintain the buildings. They still have the ability to right a wrong and sell the buildings so that Troutman Street will enjoy the continued resurgence of an up-and-coming Bushwick.

cjh: 8th Jun 2007 - 04:49 GMT

This is also for upfromflames: As you can see from your February 10, 2007 photo, the buildings still have not been razed and St. Mark's Lutheran Church lacks the funding and has no new plans to construct a new school.

jms: 8th Jun 2007 - 15:25 GMT

my wife and I have a 10 month old. Currently, we're looking in bushwick - want to save and purchase a home/condo once the real estate market recovers (maybe in bushwick). I've lived in greenpoint/williamsburg for the last 7 yrs. During that time I've seen a ton of change, all for the better, and looking to see the same happen in bushwick. Any thoughts on new families in bushwick?

HSH: 9th Jun 2007 - 03:57 GMT

upfromflames, sure thing. in fact, I was planning on adding to it/continuing it. Email me at

upfromflames: 9th Jun 2007 - 12:03 GMT

cjh: Thats a powerful story, very telling. Thanks for telling it here.

The way citynoise threads work, you might also want to copy and post it 6257 with the the original topic.

--or one of the nice editors might do it for you.

JAY: 10th Jun 2007 - 02:34 GMT

I am writing a novel and have part taking place in Bushwick in the '40's. Can anyone give me an idea of what it was like back then. What kind of businesses? What were the
shopping streets? Who lived there? I'm told there were rich people in mansions. Is this so? Any help would be appreciated. I lived in the Bronx back then and Brooklyn could have been Czeckoslovakia to me. Thanks in advance.

JAY: 10th Jun 2007 - 02:51 GMT


That 1946 book you talk about. How can I get a copy of that?

upfromflames: 10th Jun 2007 - 05:35 GMT

There be a great story in these pages...and many nice pictures, too!

upfromflames: 10th Jun 2007 - 05:45 GMT

cjh: thanks again for your post. I used it on a walking tour of Bushwick today. One more story to add to the many, found in buildings gone, standing, and yet to be.

Hope you and other Bushwickers out there can make the July 21st tour of the Southern Tier of Bushwick, where a degree of economic stability allowed whole blocks (of 19th century rowhouses) to survive unscathed. Some great and sad stories, starting with the All Hands Fire, New York City's largest fire of the 20th century.

more info at [[]]

jaybay: 11th Jun 2007 - 20:27 GMT

My friend and I just got an apartment in the western part of Bushwick, where Suydam Street and Bushwick Ave. intersect. WE are two white girls in our 20's. We walked around the area for a while, and everyone was very nice to us, smiled, said hello, and our neighbors even welcomed us to the neighborhood. I am originally from a very suburban area of tx. Should I be worried? My pops is a bit worried....but the first place I lived was in alphabet city in Manhattan, and there were freaks running around there day and night. Any advice, tips? Just want to make sure I know what to expect. Thank you!

JimQV: 11th Jun 2007 - 23:51 GMT

Jaybar, below is a paste of a two sentence news story from todays New York Post (online edition), "Police Blotter" column. You can decide how safe it makes you feel about Bushwick:

Brooklyn A man in his 20s was fatally shot yesterday on a Bushwick street.

The victim, whose name was withheld pending family notification, was struck in the chest on Wyckoff Street at 11:15 a.m. A suspect was in custody.

Eviva: 18th Jun 2007 - 21:46 GMT

JimQV: Wyckoff Street is located in Carroll Gardens and NOT Bushwick which only reaffirms that crime exists everywhere in NYC.

upfromflames: 18th Jun 2007 - 22:58 GMT

Um...sorry Eviva.

Brooklyn can be confusing. There are two Wykoffs. They were important folks in Brooklyn History, you see.

But in this case, Wykoff is a lot more important to Bushwick than Carroll Gardens. And JimQV may be a over-reacting, but he is accurate. I know the mother of that boy who was shot.

Kat: 20th Jun 2007 - 04:35 GMT

Is it true that the new residents of Bushwick are calling it 'Shiwck'? For serious, I will die if this is true. I've lived on Bushwick all my life, and the idea of some yuppies from Williamsburg/Manhattan calling it that turns my stomach.

Bushwick Native: 23rd Jun 2007 - 02:18 GMT

Jaybay: What a fool you are moving into Bushwick. You're probably paying a ridiculous sum of money to live in a rat and crime infested neighborhood. Don't think it'll be the next Williamsburg just yet. Just remember you and hipsters like you are the ones who drive poor people out of their own poor neighborhoods-Shame on you!

Peter: 23rd Jun 2007 - 07:05 GMT

bushwick native: ridiculous sums of money? my rent is less than a grand, and i havea huge, amazing space. with rentthis low for such space, my building is full of the sorts of poor people you say were moving out. just a thought. im white. so seems almost half of the neighborhood. its not so much gentrification as it is a shared space. as all spaces should be.

stop making the argument so black and white. i hate the constant referrals to crime, comparisons to williamsburg, etc. bushwick is its own place with its own flava, and i love it for that. its got a little bit of everything. i really need to do a better job of showing all the col, great, amazing stuff in this neighborhood on here... more to come.

Kiminbushwick: 23rd Jun 2007 - 14:04 GMT

Hi, new to the site, but have been following along in more ways than one. I am 7 years proud in bushwick, and just wanted to say, that I think ALL of this conjecture and talk about "is it safe", can I do this or do that, etc. is a clear indication that you should NOT move here. The more this conversation moves along, the more anxiety ridden I become. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE HERE. And for all the people that are big uppin it to everyone, PLEASE STOP. This is not an experiment, nor is it a hot-spot, nor is it up for your consideration.

Anyone who wants to get drunk in the city and cab it home, and has any question whatsoever about that, should NOT LIVE HERE. I am happy to hear that you all are fascinated by this area. Great. Please do it from afar.

Up from flames, I am happy to meet you, happy to know you, but I have to ask you with great respect to please stop advertising this area. And Peter, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP "showing what this neighborhood has to offer". I can't understand the need that some people seem to have-that once they found some place decent they have to shout it from the roof tops, blog it, publicize it, and for all intents and purposes shine a rabid hyper spastic spotlight on it for all the world to see. It's the internet equivalent of constructing flashing "vacancy" signs posted all over the rooftops. Why do you do this? Can't you just be satisfied that you found a cool place and leave it at that. Why all this need to telegraph out to whomever and basically create the idea that it might be cool to live here, when before you opened your big mouth, that thought was not there.

ALSO-you do this without the consent of the people that live here who do not want this irritating attention which inevitably leads to the destruction of what you love. Keep your mouth shut and realize the selfishness of co-opting a place just so you can tell the world how cool you are for being there. In short, the people that have to constantly advertise and talk about their area aren't really committed to it. If they were, they would know to do the opposite.

I moved here under my own choices, my own exploration, my own personal experiences, and without anyone having ever mentioned it to me before. I didn't need to discuss it ad nauseum, hemming and hawing, pro-ing and coning it, asking everyone about it, constantly involving outsiders in the discussion, etc. If there is any way possible, can we table this discussion so that the hordes pass us by. We are full. There is NO VACANCY IN BUSHWICK.

I think ALL of you should look at what Jaybay wrote in his last sentence. If you think it's not you, ask yourself this: do you live here already, and if not, then why would you be moving here to begin with. If you don't think he's talking about you, think again. And everyone who's been posting about are the exact problem, you ARE gentrification, and this need to publicize and constantly draw attention here is the exact problem. I wish so much all of you had just never heard of this place.

upfromflames: 24th Jun 2007 - 00:51 GMT

Kim: You can't stand under a stone and ask it to stop falling.

You speak out romantically against historical forces much broader than the scope of your sentiment. The neighborhood will never be what it was back in the day--not the good old days that you remember, or the bad old days that others remember. It will change. Nothing can stop those economic forces. I am not making that happen. I am just making history of it.

Perhaps you should be the one to leave, to find the next "undiscovered" neighborhood, and start the process all over again.

Then you'll have more to rail against.

Dan: 24th Jun 2007 - 21:56 GMT

Hi, I went to university in manhattan (NYU), and during that time was privileged to live in some good areas. I hung around the Lower East Side a lot and it has obviously gotten a lot better since 5 years ago even.

School's done and I will be moving out to brooklyn. I found a place on Arion Place, between Broadway and Bushwick Ave. Is this area safe? If you're not familiar with Arion, it's right next to Melrose. Thanks!

Born and Bred: 25th Jun 2007 - 02:58 GMT

Kim -- Were you born here?

Nuff said.

Ali: 25th Jun 2007 - 21:28 GMT

i moved to bushwick about 6 months ago and i like it a lot. im white and i almost feel bad cuz i feel like since the area is populated with mostly hispanics, they probably feel like im moving in on their territory or something. and since im young (im 19) they probably think mommy and daddy are paying my rent or something. but thats not the case. i work hard and pay everything myself. i like the neighborhood mostly because it seems like a real "community." williamsburg is nice but its so damn expensive and there's no sense of "community" - its like everyone just wants to show off their outfits and other retarted shit like that. anyway, i like living in bushwick a lot and ill continue to until i cant afford the rent anymiore:) and also, a great stray cat came in through my kitchen window lol and had babies

Clay: 26th Jun 2007 - 01:58 GMT

There's an exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society called "Up from Flames." It chronicles Bushwick from 1977 to now. It has lots of articles in the 70's when Bushwick landlords were buring their buildings down to get insurance money. So many fires were going on that Nixon declared Bushwick a disaster area. There's great photographs, development plans, and mention of what the future of the neighborhood could be.

I learned about the Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development from this exhibit. Their lobbying to keep the gentrification from pushing long time residents out. Inspiring exhibit to say the least. 27th Jun 2007 - 03:41 GMT

lots of interesting comments here, some ridiculous yuppie wannabes, but many more sincere & heartening-- esp. about Bushwick's Italian heritage & Spanish-speaking peoples. One thing i'd like to add tho' is, all this BULLSHIT about, say, W'Burg or Park Slope or wherever having been "bad" 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago... what, every place without lousy bistros & upscale baby boutiques was bad? Get real. Bushwick suffered it's own particular troubles as others have noted but this idea that, even in the 1970s & 1980s, that all of Brooklyn or the LES or wherever was the Wild West is insane...

stop believing the real estate version of history & talk to people of all kinds who lived here then. it's A LOT more complicated-- & interesting-- than most newcomers, even well-meaning ones, know.

Q: any ya'll remember the Bushwick hip-hop group The Arsonists?

also, i find it curious nobody has mentioned the Filipinos yet.

Knickerbocker, Wilson & Central represent!

upfromflames: 27th Jun 2007 - 10:22 GMT

I need to hear about the Arsonists! Tell me more!

upfromflames: 28th Jun 2007 - 16:25 GMT

great article on Bushwick in this week's Village Voice,robbins,77040,2.html

KB: 28th Jun 2007 - 21:13 GMT

Lived in Bushwick on Eldert Street, btw Knickerbocker & Irving, from when I was born, until we moved away in 1967, when I was 16. Things had gotten rough in 1966, when there was racial strife, and murder. Sad, stupid, tragic. It happened. We left.

What was ironic, was that on my block, the first four or five African American families to arrive in the early sixties
were soldily lower middle class. Just like the white folks. No problems. My girl cousins used to babysit for their little kids. No biggie.

Then a whole load of white trash moved in, and that was the end of the good times.
And I mean TRASH! Tobacco Road Goes North kind of trash.

Consequently, the black folks moved out. We got stuck with the highly dysfunctional peckerwoods.
One of their recreational passtimes was to lay a beer bottle and a beer can next to each other, against the step that raised the front yard from the sidewalk, then let them roll towards the gutter. They'd make bets on which would get there first, the bottle or the can.
This was always done after eleven at night, when all the working people were trying to sleep. Usually the bottle, a quart of Rheingold, would smash.
Since it was summer, and no one had air conditioning, all our windows were open. You could hear the rolling, then the crash, then all of them laughing.

One evening, my Dad, and a bunch of other men, all WW ll veterans, paid them a call. The beer races stopped, but the general trashiness continued.

One of their kids became a friend of mine. He couldn't read, wasn't sure exactly how old he was, or what his real last name was. I'm not making this up.
One time, visiting his grandmother, I was totally grossed out by her apartment. In the frig, one of those old kinds you needed to defrost, the freezer was so caked with ice, you couldn't close the door. But what was astounding to me was that the frozen, caked condensation was full of roaches! They were like mamoths in Siberia, frozen in their tracks. And Granny didn't bother to clean then off!

The bathtub was filthy, and looked like a roach ranch. I went in to pee, and ran the hell out of there, never to return.
"Where ya goin'?" he asked.
"My Ma's calling me!" I replied

My old house (316 Eldert) still stands, but when I last saw it, was still cinder blocked up. Probably not for too much longer.

About three, or four years back, there was an article in the NYT real estate section, about an African furniture designer, who was living in a loft in the old factory on the corner of Irving and Eldert. He does great, high end work, which is sold in fancy shops in Manhattan. He's married to a young lady from Wisconsin, and they were expecting a kid.

That blew me away.

I wish everybody living in BW the best of luck. I hope it doesn't get so gentrified that it turns it into Willyburg East. I hope the crime goes way down, because the kids have
better options.
Peace to all.

Cay: 29th Jun 2007 - 13:25 GMT

KB, you have a unique way with words. What enjoyable anecdotal accounts of BW. You can't make that stuff up.
KB, you've told it like it was, and also like it is. Thanks.

Kat: 1st Jul 2007 - 20:35 GMT

Lol, 'BW'. Haa...

I was checking out this thing on Wikipedia. In it, they have a travel guide to Brooklyn, and when I went to look for Bushwick, they were calling it 'East Williamsburg'.

I edited it so that they aren't one in the same. Can anyone else think of anything other than Knickerbocker to talk about in that section? I've got nothing against Knickerbocker, I just can't think of anything else to put.
Here's the link:

The stuff about Bushwick, I wrote myself. If anyone can elaborate, please do. I terrible with describing things.

Dee: 9th Jul 2007 - 23:01 GMT

I grew up in Bushwick as a matter of fact iwas born in Bushwick.Iwas born in Wycoff Heights hospital in 1955.I lived in the same house with my family until I married in 78
my mom finally got the hell out of there in 87 after my dad died. I say got the hell out because I have seen this neighborhood transform from a wonderful place 55-62 to not so bad 62-68 reminded me of the movie Crooklyn, all the kids got along the Latinos ,the Blacks (some did some didn't) the Italians, Irish and whatever other nationality. We all hung out played stick ball, johnny on the pony ranked each other out as well as your motha.That was all good, we all knew we were culturally different but on the street we were buddies.
Now to the good stuff the 70's Bushwick sucked. Cedar street
was practically all burned down. the place was so depressing
packs of dogs running wild and people began to not care.We had some very nice neighbors, we treated them with respect and they did the same.However I forget the year but when Dr King was shot all hell broke loose riots on Broadway, fires
everywhere. I hated living there then ofcourse 77 the great black Bushwick burned and was raped they fucking robbed and looted. People running down our block holding televisions, stereos, whatever they could grab. These people killed Bushwick why did we allget along before? what the hell happened? All I know is when I would call car service they'd say we need a car in war zone, they called my neighborhood war zone can u imagine/ noo u can't.
by the way my fond memories os the L train is some schmuck with his weeney out. My friend who lived on Hart st was touched by some slob on the Wycoff ave station. And as far as your buddy being robbed on the central ave station boo hoo
some things never change. I wish all of u luck with ure investments I know the city has become a place for the very rich so good luck. I almost envy the fact that i don't have the balls to go back, ut for me it would be like visiting Auswich.
to the young lady that says people keep talking ab out Knickerbocker well thats because it was a great shopping area
and had alot of good food Jewish deli's, pizzerias great bakeries, candy stores too bad u people from Ohio or wherever never got to taste the real Brooklyn. Sis u know there was a pretzel factory on Starr st real pretzels not the shit they make today.

whiteP: 10th Jul 2007 - 16:12 GMT

Ahh Bushwick, what is funny is how young professionals live like kings while blacks and hispanics can barely afford wholesome food. Whats even funnier is the way these so called thugs have the biggest mouth and no bite. If you are thinking of moving to bushwick you will quickly come to learn that nothing is scarier to the local residents than white kids who arent afraid of Bushwick. These people are their own worst enemies. I mean what landlord wouldnt love a more gentrified neighborhood.

Cay: 16th Jul 2007 - 18:48 GMT

Dee I remember them real pretzels. They were unlike anything I've tasted. A couple of years ago I was in midtown for a month with a group of coworkers. I tried explaining the pretzels to the group. I got them to try them and they all looked puzzled. I took a bite and realized....some things DO change, and for the worse. The pretzels sold on the street in NYC don't even resemble the pretzels we had when we were kids. Vendors everywhere, they were awesome, so good. It makes me wish for one. Someone told me they were called "Philadelphia pretzels." Does anyone know if that's true?

ilana: 18th Jul 2007 - 19:49 GMT

my boyfriend and i (brazilian and half filipino/half white) lived in bushwick for 8 months. we shared an apartment with a wonderful ecuadorian woman, Carmen, and her daughter Patricia on the first floor of a house on Menahan Street between Myrtle Ave and St. Nicholas Avenue. Sometimes I was annoyed when I couldn't swipe my debit card at a bodega, or when I'd have to take the bus when the L train was down. otherwise, we encountered any problems. our block was notorious for teenagers graffitying the premisis with their tag "hooligan city," and the countless pairs of sneakers wrapped around cable lines. we moved to park slope about 2 months ago, but i miss the bodegas, hearing bachata and reggaeton out of the stores, being able to buy fresh fruit and churros for breakfast before i jumped on the train. i'd give up my 5th ave park slope apartment for a place as real as bushwick anyday

John Dereszewski: 20th Jul 2007 - 01:03 GMT

The recent "pretzel post" brought back some very dear - albeit fattening - Bushwick memories. When I served as District Manager of Community Board 4 in the late 1970's, I would walk to our offices at 335 Central Ave by going up Linden St. from the Gates Ave. "J" train station. After passing Evergreen Ave., I passed a small taxpayer building - just next to 101 Linden - that hosted a small but very active pretzel factory. The aroma was always enticing, and the prices that they offered drop-in customers - three fat salted pretzels for a whopping 25 cents - was irresistable. I consequently began all too many of my workdays downing my 25 cent breakfast - with a 50 cent coffee. The taste was great, at the clear expense of my waistline.

This business ceased operations no later than the early 1980's, though the little taxpayer building remains, at least for now.

Peter: 20th Jul 2007 - 01:49 GMT

hi john! will you be at this weekend's walking tour?

thirty years later, and coffee's still 50 cents around here...

upfromflames: 20th Jul 2007 - 03:27 GMT

He's leading the tour, dude! See ya there!

Meet on Wykoff @ Gates at 1PM on Saturday.

Bushwicks baddest chic aka Bobbi j : 21st Jul 2007 - 22:37 GMT

this goes out to all you bushwick peeps i was born and raised on irving the streets were two way back then i went to 86 what you know about that the 83 was not on knickerbocker im talking bout 1973 ya know .im tired of all you nuggas saying you from bushwick its okay if your 15 and live there for 15 years but if your 30 something and only lived on your block since you were 10 or 11 then your not from bushwick rosie perez is from bushwick jackie gleason is from bushwick i am from bushwick and i am missing knickerbocker right now .people brag about the old drink spots like Mr lees where you get any liquor drink in a wonton bowl and get drunk off your ass looking like your eating chinese soup thewn there was brooklyn drinks a bootleg mr lees or appolo iver in the southside what ever it was if you dont know about normandies on cypress and the bank on flusing then your probably not really from bushwick .....;..anyway whether your from bushwick or you plan on moving into bushwick the only thing you need to worry about for real is the big ass rats not the people ...Bushwick is not compton so people if you say bushwick is scary than your nothing but a punk .Love to brooklyn always representing I LOVE BUSHWICK ANS BUSHWICK LOVES ME I EVEN GOT MY OWN HUBBY FROM BROOKLYN althoug sweetheart you were from bed stuy you only hung in bushwick but the truth is you were born in money makin manhatten so this means baby boy your a round the way guy but i love you anyway im from brooklyn not you muwahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh>>>>>>>,,,,,Lola loves you boo

bushwick facts:: 22nd Jul 2007 - 05:55 GMT

in the 60-70s all white italian and germans on irving side
Puerto ricans were from other side of central it was like a border
muslims locked down bushwick ave in the 70 -80s and prior to them the jews had shit on lock.Chinese were always around the best chinese rest are always in the hood.
bushwick high school colors were orange and black best swim team and foot ball till lane took over
Bushwick pool on flushing was one nickel to swim all day
johnny pumps and street gutters were our swimming pool turn on the pump and do it up.jump rope double dutch and skelly were sports youll see all day long the old italian goombas were in knickerbocker park playing baci ball. sun bathe yea on the fucking roof tar beach no money for want to die go to woodhull,you want to get weed you use to go to the weed gate,swimming pools on sidewalks ,blue plastic pools,people always on stoop aka porch steps,buy ices for all the kids on block,there was and old man name peter on irving everyone called him grandpa he was so sweet,how bout the green bum?how bout bobo the clown or the man that use to dress like santa and walk around all year long giving lolipops,do you know mrs shushine?father kelly?Home of the best puerto rican cuchifritos,and if you could not find one some bodys moms sold food out the first floor window along with piraguas or limbers,who needed adryer when you had the hallway banister,no need for a slide kids slid down bannisters in hallw ays hung out on roof ladders dam bushwick was crazy funny oh what about the sneakers on the wires in the streets,rosie perez was from bushwick

Genuine brooklynite bushwick baby: 22nd Jul 2007 - 06:04 GMT

I am so proud of where i come from.Most people say bitches in bushwick are dumb.Never that Never me ,I just see what i see and i will always be me.Growing up in the hood did me good.Im bright and and full of knowledge even finished college.YOU may want to be me just recieved my doctrines degree.Im a product of your enviorment lord knows the streets were heaven sent,they taught me right from wrong sometimes i express it in my song.I went from living on rice to living very nice.i can have anything no worry bout the price,I talk street slang but i dont gangbang,when i have meetings i put on my best and "say hello" but all these people dont know im really from the ghetto.if you have brains and you street smart i tell you this you will get so far in life so keep being proud of where we come from and prove to the world that being from bushwick is not a bad thing at all

Bushwick love bug: 22nd Jul 2007 - 06:20 GMT

The best thing that came out of bushwick was my man the love of my life sorry ladies i got the best man from bushwick he is the best he is fine and he is my bushwick love boy do i love bushwick lola loves big lou forever and ever we both lives off the same avenue and never met till 20 something years later but it was worth it ill wait another twenty something years to find love like this if i had to love was waiting just around the corner damm boo you know i love you so much all your ex,s dont know what they let go thank you bitches you never know a good man till hes gone but i was smarter than you hoes i got him for the past 7 years and ill keep him thanks

anon ( 23rd Jul 2007 - 04:41 GMT

Is Bushwick Ave safe about 3 blocks south of Myrtle?

Cay: Bushwick ain't safe period

upfromflames: 23rd Jul 2007 - 19:12 GMT

Thank you for visiting. Please come again.

Cay: What say you upfromflames? ITS NOT SAFE PERIOD

Brooklyn-Pete: 27th Jul 2007 - 08:20 GMT

Bushwick is not the worst neighborhood in Brooklyn, it's definately no Park Slope but it is not as bad as some would have others believe. The neighborhood is very noisy and extremely filthy on many blocks but there is a great sense of community and people generally look out for eachother. I was born in Bushwick in 1984, one of the very few white kids to grow up in Bushwick in this era. I grew up on Linden St in my grandmothers house. My family goes back in Bushwick to 1903 when my German immigrant ancestors purchased a tenement house at 55 Troutman St ushering in 4 generations in a neighborhood that has changed markedly since then. Although the neighborhood has improved somewhat since when I was a kid, many homes are still in terrible condition and vermin is also a major problem. I would hate to see this community polarized again like it has been in the past, but it seems that animosity runs strong between those of us already here and the newcomers. Many old timers fear a new East Village etc... and the newcomers tend to hold themselves aloof in the neighborhood being very anti-social and sometimes disrespectful of working neighbors, as some wealthier hipster kids my age tend to view Bushwick as an endless alcoholic LSD Trip of rooftop parties,drugs,drinking parties and the like, while usually being ignorant of the fact that many people live here with families and try to raise them in a semi-pleasant environment so hopefully they will one day improve themselves. While I strongly doubt Bushwick will ever become like it was in my parents time of tidy tree lined streets, elderly german ladies scrubbing their stoops, Italian widows clad in Black heading to St. Josephs, soda fountains, Dairy Queen and the once proud RKO Bushwick Movie Theater, I hope that a common ground could be found among all of us to make the neighborhood pleasant, hopefully clean it up alot lol, maybe put in more trees, keep a watch on these greedy real estate speculators, and put pressure on landlords to take care of their properties while still keeping the neighborhood working class. Surely we all must have more in common than differences and putting good ideas to use instead putting each other down would only be a plus for Bushwick and every other neighborhood in America.

upfromflames: 27th Jul 2007 - 11:15 GMT

Heez, brooklyn pete, where you been? You are the seemingly improbable middle ground who understands it all and says it well. I just wish we had heard from you earlier. If you have the time, I hope you would be able to come out Saturday, August 11, for a collaborative Bushwick walking tour. There is so much you have to share.

Tune in here for more info:;action=display;threadid=19060;start=1000000

anon ( 29th Jul 2007 - 21:05 GMT

Gentrification is obviously evident not only in Bushwick but all over New york City,its just a shame that it takes race to improve a community. ie: Farmers markets,trendy stores, bistros, and uppyish bars. It also appears abundantly clear people are segregating themselves. Its just very unfortunate. Thank you.

Brooklyn-Pete: 29th Jul 2007 - 21:19 GMT

Thank You!
I only wish I had found this blog sooner.

I would love to go on a Bushwick Walking tour, and will try to keep August 11 open, keep me posted on updates.


JJ: 1st Aug 2007 - 03:46 GMT

Broadway/ J-train/Halsey theater / 14 Holy Martrys / Wetson's hamburgers/ Pretzels from Starr st./ egg creams
from the fountain shops/ greasy spoon diner and stickball.
You guys shud hv seen Broadway in the early 60's around
christmas time. What a place to grow up.I'd love to see it make a comeback.Anyone out there from 14 holy martrys on
Central and Eldert st?

Tony T: 1st Aug 2007 - 06:12 GMT

Reading through all of these posts brings up a mixed bag of emotions. Like many here, I left Bushwick years ago (16 years ago actually). Japan is my home now, and it is a far and different from life in Bushwick as Knickerbocker is different from say...Jupiter? Anyway, I'll rant off a few personal facts and if anyone recognizes my name please feel free to email me at

- Schools (123, 162, Grover Cleveland 1983)
- Anyone remember Mr. Bromme at JHS 162? I'm still in touch with him
- Someone asked if anyone remembered Meatland on Starr & Knickerbocker. Yep, the owner was Frank and he was the nicest person I knew.
- Nicks candy store on Knickerbocker between Starr and Willoughby (a head shop right next store)
- I lived right upstairs from the now popular Northeast Kingdom restaurant on Wyckoff ave. That used to be a sweat shop. Can't believe they now serve $17 pork chops!
- I was at the RKO Madison theather when the lights went out in '77. Was watching The Island of Dr. Monroe. Had to walk back to Evergreen and Willoughby in the dark
- Watch the All Hands Fire from a block away. Hotest fire I ever saw.
- Saw them wheel away Carmine Galante from Joe & Mary's restaurant. Good riddance!
Saw many memories. I just hope the suckers...I mean residents currently buying $600,000 "condos" on Wyckoff enjoy their time in Bushwick as much as I did as a kid. Good luck!

tito: 2nd Aug 2007 - 01:33 GMT

Brooklyn bushwick is gangster look back in the 80's and 90' when john gotti was running it .
Now theres a new breed of gangster !!! The only thing that has change is the pack of dogs that use to run the streets and the blocks with burned down cars , broken down houses ,empty corner lots with crack heads in them.

Cay: 3rd Aug 2007 - 15:58 GMT

Realtors are the new gangsters. Selling dreams that go up in a puff of gunsmoke. Watch out.

upfromflames: 3rd Aug 2007 - 16:04 GMT

Cay: After your earlier alarmist pieces, I think you are getting closer the the real dangers lurking for Bushwick and NYC.

Cay: 3rd Aug 2007 - 19:57 GMT

"Alarmist" is your term, not mine. I prefer "personal experience."

Luis Acevedo: 4th Aug 2007 - 00:34 GMT

Bushwick is no diferent now than any other neighborhood in NYC. The rule has always been to go about your business and everything will be fine. If you go out at 3am nothing good could happen. But this is true anywhere. the 83rd pct does a great job of patrolling and the EMS and FDNY respond within minutes of calls. I am raising my family in Bushwick and I have no complaints. Had this been 20 years ago that would be a different story.

Cay: 6th Aug 2007 - 14:57 GMT

EMS, FDY, NYPD 83rd PCT, no problem with any of these everyday heros. I'm proud of them and all they do. Good and evil....always the balancing act on this planet.

John Dereszewski: 10th Aug 2007 - 00:22 GMT

This is just a notice that the third walking tour associated with the "Up From Frames" exhibit will occur this Saturday - August 11 - at 1 PM. We will gather at the Irving Ave. side of Maria Hernandez Park - between Starr and Suydam Streets - right at PS 123. This tour will include visits of North Bushwick and East Williamsburg. Among many other things, we will visit Joe and Mary's - where mob boss Carmen Galente was gunned down - the old 83rd Precinct, the area included in the Bushwick Initiative project, the site of the former St. Leonard's Church, the beautiful English Kills and several of the trendy places in East Williamsburg. The trip should last about 2 plus hours and end up at a great bar on Flushing Ave.

I hope both the new and long time residents of Bushwick will come out and make this tour a real - and very interactive - success.

Africarose: 12th Aug 2007 - 17:19 GMT

I'm no New Yorker no American, I have just been in the US for few weeks and came here to work with an organization. I come from Africa. I have found an apartment in Linden St. between Broadway and Bushwick Ave, close to Gates Ave station in the J line. and I have been reading some of your posts and I'm concernred with some of them, any advice?

not a gentrifier: 13th Aug 2007 - 21:30 GMT

Moving right around menahan and bushwick ave in bushwick. Anything to worry about?

Wyoming Native: 15th Aug 2007 - 03:42 GMT

I live in WY, recently visited NYC, stayed in Manhattan for a week. Rode the J train to Brooklyn for a bagel, then walked back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn bridge.
My area of interest is the Grove Street area of Bushwick. My Mother came here from Yugoslavia in 1938 and lived on Grove Street for a couple of months with her Aunt, Uncle and cousins.
My daughter and I were planning to go back to Brooklyn the day the tornado struck Brooklyn, and the subway tracks were flooded. So we had to scrap that plan and were very disappointed. My question is, does the address 1920 Grove Street exist today, and does anyone have any pictures they would be willing to share? She is 80 years old, and remembers vividly that their house was 3 stories, they lived on the ground floor and there was a patio type area at the back of the house with a clothesline that they took turns using with the house across the alley? Also, a schoolhouse a few blocks away. BTW, the house was stucco. I would appreciate any info/pictures that anyone has, with dates if possible. Thanks from my Mom and I. email me at

Peter: 15th Aug 2007 - 04:02 GMT

wyoming native: thats less than a mile from my house. i might be around there this weekend; if so, ill snap some photos and email you...

Wyoming Native: 16th Aug 2007 - 03:11 GMT

Peter: That would be great! I look forward to hearing from you.

Kerry: 16th Aug 2007 - 04:11 GMT

I'm a single girl in my late 20's. I'm supposed to be moving to Bushwick in October, though I'm not sure what part yet. I have a dog and I do have to walk her at night, sometimes as late as 11 or midnight. Should I start looking somewhere else or are there parts of Bushwick that would be alright for someone like me?

Neighborly : 16th Aug 2007 - 07:45 GMT

I've lived in Bushwick for 3 years... gotta question. Why do most the kids who are mainly artists, musicians, new to the area, mainly white folks, got some pocket money - you know who I mean- why do they consider Life Cafe, Archive, Northeast Kingdom, etc the "only places" out here?? Ever eat at Tina's Restraunt, on the corner of Flushing & Morgan? Ever shop on Knickerbocker? I'm one of "those people" I listed above, myself. But I buy as much as I can at my closest bodega, instead of at the ridicously overpriced Brooklyn Naturals where things are at least a dollar more. Talk about feeling safe in the neighborhood, etc. - well why not be a part of the neighborhood that has been here for years, as much as possible, and maybe the neighborhood will look out for you in return. I say whatsup to my neighbors, now they wave at me every time I walk by - they're lookin out. I feel alot safer because of all that - the lady at the bodega knows me, the old men at the domino table know me. In my opinion, getting to be part of the neighborhood that has been here awhile is hella "safer" than just sticking to the new hipster businesses and never being neighborly with people who have been here a whole lot longer than you, and who can either welcome you in or drive you out without you even realizing it.

Chris Rodriguez: 17th Aug 2007 - 16:36 GMT

I live on jefferson av. off of evergreen an bushwick.... Ima tell u right now its the best place 2 live if u a kid. im 16 an shits hectic around here but i wouldn move away.. block parties cornershops an ma dominicans everywhere i look lol... but yeah ders da downsides... u got crips bloods kings ms13 d12 mm 2 much gangs an drugs erwhere u look an im tellin u if u white... don move in. jus a suggestion cuz i mean i kno som of ma friends if dey see someone u jus kno aint from around here or doesnt belong here they gonna fuk them up an i mean if im there im jumpin in 2... tonys pizza on knickerbocker=best pizza in da world if u there say wat up 2 ma man tony... look to stay safe keep ya mouth shut and your money hidden... oh an stay AWAY FROM CANARCY PROJECTS QUEENS an himrod st. brooklyn

Cay: 17th Aug 2007 - 18:08 GMT

So uh Peter and UpfromFlames.....what say you to Chris R's post???? Is he telling it like he experiences it or is he being an alarmist.

CartLegger: 17th Aug 2007 - 21:20 GMT

first off, I do agree that tony's is the best pizza, and he is a nice guy, too.

But if you mean how does some kid shooting his mouth off reflect the community, I think it really does not matter much.

Does he really represent the community, or is he just some 12 year old who found this site on a rainy day? Should people be scared because he is typing this...?

What do you think, Bushwickers?

upfromflames: 17th Aug 2007 - 21:20 GMT

PS, that was me above, writing under my other name...


Cay: 17th Aug 2007 - 23:39 GMT

Avoiding what you don't want to recognize is unhealthy.
Even if he is "just some 12 year old" his experiences and opinions shouldn't be dismissed. And, too, the highest number of crimes in NYC are being committed by a younger age group. So if he is shooting his mouth off or if he is sharing authentic dialogue I don't know, but it is worth reflecting on. After all its out here like everyone else's posts; one not more credible than any other.

larry: 18th Aug 2007 - 21:07 GMT

hey--anyone know much about brownstones on cornelia st. in ridgewood?

Cay: 19th Aug 2007 - 12:34 GMT

Good for you, Chris. The "culture" of the "gentrifiers" is not to be valued more than any other culture. We must all be invited to the table. ALL OF US. Crime happens to all of us,"just some 12 year old" and "gentrifiers" and people on "walking tours."

upfromflames: 19th Aug 2007 - 18:31 GMT

Chris: Many props to you for expressing your opinion in this forum. I hope my students at Bushwick Campus will do the same sort of thing: to speak what they know.

Chris Rodriguez: 22nd Aug 2007 - 18:24 GMT

Im not (just a 12 year old) im an honor student at bishop laughlin memmorial high school. Peter if you feel safe good for you... how old are you things are different for a 16 year old den for a 32 year old. an seriously yall got mad at someone up there for saying to stop inviting people... i mean they had a point... if you love bushwick so much the way it is... keep it that way dont turn it into just another community... seriously you found this place, then great you dont have to try to move in a whole new genre of people into the area... i mean seriously a walking tour to see what?? old crappy houses, corner stores, and hospitals? look around the street on one of these walking tours. Everybody on sidestreets and streets without buisnesses are either hispanic or black or asian... seriously try to go into a corner store owned bye a mexican and order a pound of salami... how? you dont speak spanish and they dont speak english... lol im starting not to make sence but basicaly what im trying to say is... if you have alot of money or if your succesful with money on the way... why in hell move to bushwick???? Staten island some parts of queens or manhattan but bushwick? Over here as soon as someone becomes succesfull the first thing that they do is move away!!!

Bushwick Girl: 22nd Aug 2007 - 18:55 GMT

My Bushwick...I love this neighborhood. I've been in the bush since 1988 I migrated here when I was 8 yrs old. Back then I was too young to understand what was really happening in this neighborhood but I don't forget the images in my memory of the M train full of graffiti, the bombs that freely did drugs in the corners, parks, etc.. I lived right on Harman and Knickerbocker behind minimax...the store is still there. Back then the Bush was full of addicts, prostitutes, dealers, mobsters, everything you can think off. It's hard to believe that this same city that was filled of mansions on Bushwick Avenue (a few of them are still there) and the largest brewery community who gave jobs to thousands of workers turned out to be so bad in the 70's and 80's. The man who discovered the North Pole lived on a mansion that still stands on the corner Willoughby and Bushwick Ave. It's red and gated. They've tried to fix it for years and never completed. After a law that was passed about the breweries (can't remember the name) most people lost their jobs, breweries closed, and then the wealth of Bushwick declined. Now we move into the Mob era, Joe & Mary's the site of the Mob boss Galante turned into a Chinese restaurant but is now closed. Maria Hernandez Park dedicated to a woman that fought to keep the area she lived in clean but after crossing paths with a drug dealer her life was cut short from a bullet to her head that came in through her window. The 2 men were caught according to news articles.

South on Knickerboker, past the shopping stores, Iíve always considered it Hell on earth and after so many years even with a Narcotics precinct a block away or the security cameras all over the area little seems to change. Bushwick in the late 80ís early 90ís was known to be the #1 place to most likely be killed, today the real estate market is booming, that is in some areas. A few years back you started to see the diversity come in. More Caucasian people started to move in the old warehouses of course not affordable to the average Bushwick resident. I live 1 block away from Ridgewood and Iíve seen my fair share of drug bust, murders, and cops getting shot all on the block. These sorts of things have not happen since Mid 90ís but still another block away you see the people selling and buying drugs even the Chinese restaurant owners sell cigarettesÖthatís amazing only on WILSON AVEÖ..

To say the least I do love where Iím from I think Bushwick has shown me to be street smart and very attentive to the people I chose to be around me. It taught me to educate myself and not be a product of this neighborhood. Iíve never (thank god) had any bad run ins. Only in 2002 I purchased a home at the tender age of 21 today I have a bachelors degree and Iím pursuing my masters this is not common in my neighborhood were the average 21 year old has 3-4 kids, lives on welfare, and earns maybe 8,000 a year, so much to say about Bushwick. This very same house I bought for almost $300,000 is now worth almost $600,000 that is to show people that Bushwick has changed a great deal. Itís still a work in progress but it has changed.

For those who want to move into Bushwick, every neighborhood has its flaws you have to be wise about where you chose to live. Most Caucasians live in lofts, these areas are very lonely and I wouldnít be caught dead in it. I wonít be surprised if Bushwick turns out to be the new Williamsburg where 10 years this very same neighborhood was the same if not worst then Bushwick, at least some areas were.

Bushwick there is no place like it!!!!

Peter: 22nd Aug 2007 - 18:59 GMT

im 30. im not rich. i live in bushwick because i can afford it and because its, for the most part, a hard-working, family-rich neighborhood thats free of yuppie condos, starbucks and the like. it makes sense to me here. the L and the M get me around. groceries are affordable. the park is nice. credit at the bodega is nice as are respectful neighbors, cheap rent, copious space and a nice community to hold all of this. sure, id love to live in luxury digs in a really popular, cool neighborhood. but guess what? that aint gonna happen. so i keep it real in bushwick. i got priced out of , and let me tell you what- i heard of more muggings and drama there than you can imagine. the steady stream of affluent, young white kids there seems to attract it. thats not such a factor in bushwick.

i work hard for what ive got, and whether youre a thug or a hipster, i think everyone can appreciate keeping an eye on theirs. if you take a close look at the people in the neighborhood, its not hard to tell whos working to make their life livable there (regardless of how they do that- im not here to judge) and who's just blowing through with no respect, trying to make drama or a quick buck off someone else's misfortune. its the ones that dont respect (or recognize) that become victims. the rest of us just do our thing, get by, and make it work.

as for me, when i walk around, people dont step, because they can see it on my face that im not to be fucked with. if you cant rock that sort of composure (as any true new yorker should be able to), then youre setting yourself up to be a victim.

as far as the walking tours go, chris, do you even know any of the history of your own neighborhood? bushwick goes back almost 400 years, man... check this for starters. read up on some stuff like that, learn it, and maybe you'll see the hood is much more than run-down bodegas, menacing-looking-but-largely-harmless teenage thugs on the corner, petty crime and the occasional sur13 tag...

Cay: 22nd Aug 2007 - 19:49 GMT

Chris, congratulations to you for being an honor student at your school. The real secret to success is using your brain for your own empowerment. Seems like you're off to a good start. Keep up the good work. And actually you make more sense than most on this board. The rest of them will have to work hard just to keep themselves in rose colored glasses, as they keep getting them knocked off their noses as they walk through their paradise.

upfromflames: 22nd Aug 2007 - 23:54 GMT

Chris: if you can't figure out why anyone would want to give a walking tour of Bushwick, check out [[]]. Or some of my other posts here. There is a lot of history in your hood, a cross section of this city's struggle in the 1970's: The ruin that once was, and how it became a place to talk about.

Chris Rodriguez: 23rd Aug 2007 - 04:39 GMT

i KNOW THE HISTORY OF BUSHWICK... i know the history of brooklyn, of all of new york. i wrote a 10 page essay on bushwick for school. Im not saying im a know every single little thing but seriously when i got walking down bushwick and i see freedom square and the mansion i dont wonder hmmm... which historical figure lived inside that mansion? honestly i found this page when looking for pictures of places dat i hang around. i got bored started reading this and i acutally like hearing other peoples point of views so thats why i keep coming back.

Chris Rodriguez: 23rd Aug 2007 - 04:42 GMT

i found those pix freedom square...

Chris Rodriguez: how do u post pix

Tony T: 23rd Aug 2007 - 07:08 GMT

Chris, thanks for posting the Freedom Square pict. I grew up a block away on Evergreen and Willoughby. I'm 42 now and live in Japan, but I still enjoy looking at old photos of where I lived. When I was about your age, I wrote a paper about Bushwick and the housing problems we were experiencing back in the early 80's. Like you I am latino. In addition, I was raised in a single parent home and relied on public assistance to make ends meet. Sadly, my story was not so unique. Most of my friends came from similar backgrounds. I'm happy to see you engaged in this forum and taking the time to post your thoughts. So what I am about to say to you comes from good intentions, not unlike an older brother offering advice to his little brother. You mentioned in an earlier post that you are an honor student. Thatís commendable. But I was surprised at your style of writing. I am not criticizing your spelling (we all misspell words, thank god for spellcheckers), but I was a little disappointed that your writing still lacks proper structure and is littered with slang terms more appropriate on Knickerbocker avenue than in a public forum. Perhaps you were just trying to ďkeep it realĒ, but some here may take that as your normal style of speech and think less of you. I strongly encourage you to read a lot and write often. Seek out criticism from teachers or those whose opinions you respect. Make it a point to improve your manner of writing and speaking so that if one day you decide like I did 17 years ago to leave Bushwick, you wonít have trouble finding your place in the world. There is no magic to change, itís all about desire, and if you just put your mind into improving your speaking and writing skills, you will be amazed how much more respect you will earn from those who all too eager to judge you on your ethnicity. Good luck hermanito.

Cay: 23rd Aug 2007 - 12:41 GMT

Chris: Please listen to the most wonderful advise from Tony above. He's the example of positive change, of the empowerment of self that I referred to. In addition, there are many people that you will meet in positions to help you along the way; teachers, people at work that you will meet, who will become your mentors if you let them. Be open to suggestions as those from Tony are, and you will go a long way. Reaching out to the younger generation and bringing them up positive, helping and mentoring, are the true steps of positive enriching change for all of us. I'm proud of you Chris and I don't even know you. I wish you well. Move forward, one foot in front of the other, and you will become a positive force in the space in the world you inhabit, and you will be self-satisfied and centered, and a role model for others.

Editor:: 23rd Aug 2007 - 13:57 GMT

chris: see right above the box where you type your comments where it says "upload photos"? click that.

more information here, also:

Chris Rodriguez: 24th Aug 2007 - 18:08 GMT

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Chris Rodriguez: 24th Aug 2007 - 18:16 GMT

I speak correctly when im in school when it matters and when I am talking to my superiors... But wen im around my friends i talk the way that comes 2 me first hand and im alot more loose so i mean i didn't realize i had to be puctual on dis website. Why would i try to be "keepin it real" on here? non of my friends come here its just the way that i talk... but fine if you want me to type in correct english then watever. Im only in Bishop Laughlin becuase of a full scholorship. I have a job that i help support my family with too. Ive got to go my aunt needs to use the computa

Cay: 25th Aug 2007 - 15:58 GMT

Chris, its not criticism, just helpful to you. And be proud of your full scholarship. That's awesome. Do good for yourself, Chris, don't foster attitude in yourself. Be willing to accept information from those with authority to help you in life. Its worth it in the end for all you do for your family that you help to support. Don't fight your progress, accept it and go forward.

Chris Rodriguez: 26th Aug 2007 - 06:19 GMT

WAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!!! "Don't fight your progress..." "be proud of your scholarship" WAT? Do you think im ashamed in my scholarship? Does your head work right? Please people stop trying to give me nice little stupid avdvice. "Move forward, one foot in front of the other, and you will become a positive force in the space". Someone tell me what type of S*** is that? I have Parents lol. I have teachers the last thing i need is pointless advice ive heard a thousand times online. By the way, one of my friends popped that top left window in that first picture if you were wondering who it was.

Cay: 26th Aug 2007 - 12:02 GMT

Chris, guess you told me. Don't worry. I won't post to you anymore. But street-wise attitude will stop you cold. What good is a scholarship to a good school for recognized potential if in twenty years you're sitting around pissing and moaning about what you should have/could have been or done. Foolish is as foolish does.

Tony T: 27th Aug 2007 - 04:25 GMT

This is how I would have responded if I were 16 years old again and on this forum:

"Dear Tony and Cay, thank you very much for the encouraging words. As a latino kid, I feel that I already have many obstacles to overcome in this cold city. Poverty and prejudice are just the tip of a mountain of challenges I will meet head on. I was fortunate enough to earn a scholarship at a good school and I will work hard to show others that I am deserving of this privilege. I apologize for my poor writing skills, I can assure you that I will work to improve my literacy and appreciate all the support more experienced people as yourselves can offer. Again, thank you for the advice. My goal in life is to educate my mind so that it won't be necessary to "work hard" to support my family. Just work smarter. Thank you."

Well, that's the way I may have responded. Best not waste time on the unappreciative. Too many more deserving people in the world. Enough said on this topic. Ciao.

Cay: 27th Aug 2007 - 12:35 GMT

Tony T: You got the message. Thank you so much for the feedback.

Smudgy: 3rd Sep 2007 - 16:51 GMT

Well, I guess I discovered this site just a bit too late. I missed the walking tour and I missed the show at the BHS. I was born at Bushwick hospital in 1949. Lived on Linden St between Bushwick and Evergreen in my grandmother's house. We had a backyard with 3 peach trees and a yellow rose bush. One year we had a garden and grew everything from radishes to corn. I was only six when we moved away, although my grandmother lived there for another 6 years or so. What I remember: Hopscotch on the bluestone sidewalk, the butcher shop at the corner of Evergreen where my mother sent me to pick up meat and the candy store across the street from it where I had my first coconut popsicle, I once bought a Tabletop pie I ate all by myself, and I first saw Miss Rheingold ads. It had that great corner store smell. I also remember walking down Linden to Broadway to get the el and that the station had a coal stove going in the winter. There was a Genung's dress shop(?) on B'way where the mannekins were on platforms that revolved. Can you imagine such a thing today? Also an old timey soda fountain a little ways down the street, I think. Bushwick was magical to me as a young kid and it still figures in my dreams. Also, there's something aout the light in Brooklyn that's like nowhere else. Is it true that that block of Linden Street has been trashed?

John Dereszewski: 5th Sep 2007 - 23:55 GMT

Smudgy, your block is not doing that badly. Most of the really nice buildings on Linden between Bushwick and Evergreen, e.g., #64, are still there and doing very well. The few buildings that were lost - mostly on the "odd" side of the street - have been replaced by affordible "Partnership" housing. The apartment buildings near Evergreen are also doing well. So the block is pretty solid.

Linden between Evergreen and Central had a more daunting experience over the last 30 years, but is now doing rather well. While a huge number of buildings on both sides of the street were lost, they have now been totally replaced by Partnership affordable housing. The residents of the big apartment buildings - #101,107, etc, - which were abandoned by their landlords in the late 1970's - worked together to protect their apartments and now these buildings are thriving.

In short, you will not be disappointed if you pay your old stomping grounds a visit.

smudgy: 6th Sep 2007 - 17:21 GMT

John D, thanks so much for your hopeful comments. I was in #59. As young as I was back then, I was only allowed to go around the block without crossing streets. Except for the butcher shop and the elementary school, that is. :^>
Looking back through these postings I see you are a Brooklyn historian. Where would you say the best source of info/photos of the area is now that the show is over?

John Dereszewski: 7th Sep 2007 - 01:33 GMT

Smudgy, you should, at once, access the web site ASAP. While the show has closed, the site is still live - for now. If anything, it has more info than the exhibit did. (An unapologetic plug. Please click on the "upfromflames" "Resources" button and download my "Bushwick Notes" article. I think you - and whoever else wishes to do so - will find this article, which traces the events of Bushwick's past 30 years and suggests some tentative ideas for the future, both interesting and provocative. But this is only my admittedly biased view.)

Beyond this, you should contact the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Brooklyn Room at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Both have a treasure trove on info and pictures.

Finally, you may wish to contact Adam Schwartz - the upfromflames contributer to this site and the wonderful curator of the exhibit. I know that many features of the exhibit will be maintained at the old Bushwick HS, but Adam knows a lot more about this than I.

Best of luck in your search!

Menehan Crime Family (MCF): 13th Sep 2007 - 15:11 GMT

I was born and raised in BUSHWICK. Bushwick is the livest pat of brooklyn. Lots of people give BUSHWICK a bad name but its not,its like any other place you look for problems you will find it. In BUSHWICK its all LATINOS & LATINAS. I still go Ova there to hang out and get these latinas in my car YA DIG ......;)

rose colored glasses: 13th Sep 2007 - 20:26 GMT

its coming back, but it still has a long way to go. The area from Willoughby to george st from evergreen ave to st. nick ave is still one of the worst areas in the city. all you have to do is visit and enter in as a zip code 11221, see how many sex offenders show up.

unsure: 14th Sep 2007 - 20:11 GMT

I'm reading very mixed comments on here about the safety of the Bushwick area. Some people are saying there's a ton of drug dealing and that people have actually gotten shot on their block (i can't remember which person or when, but the comment is towards the beginning) and others are saying it's safe and if you are aware of your surroundings, you'll be okay. I grew up in a very sheltered environment in the suburbs of NJ and I'm not sure to the atmoshpere of Bushwick. What would any of you say about working in Bushwick as a sort of Social Worker. I really want to help the community in various ways and be part of it's success, but I actually a little scared walking around there. Do I really have a reason to be scared, or is it all in my head?

unsure: 14th Sep 2007 - 23:02 GMT

Actually, as I look back on what I wrote, and after reading every single comment on this page (whew!), I realize that I do need to spend more time in Bushwick and see how I feel. People say that all of New York City can be dangerous, and of course, that is true, but according to the crime stats located on the nypd's page on nyc's gov website, bushwick does have more murders and rapes than where I live in lower manhattan, so that does say something. I think I might have to just change the way I think and remind myself of all the great things Bushwick has to offer and that I have to offer Bushwick by working there.

And to everyone on here that is saying don't move to Bushwick, don't gentrify it...You should be excited that people want to move to your area, that there is something they see in your neighborhood, hopefully besides cheaper rent. You should accept them with open arms and make your community actaully feel like a community. If businesses want to open up in Bushwick, embrace that, because that will bring jobs, a better sense of community, more positive and enjoyable things to do, and more people will come and see what a great place it is. There is so much negativity here...we all need to be positive and be open to change. And if you're scared rent prices will go up for those that live in Bushwick already, then help change that. Get involved in the organizations working on affordable housing and get involved in tenant organizations. You CAN fight the "man" (slumlords and speculators) AND still create a beautiful, successful community.

rac: 2nd Oct 2007 - 02:18 GMT

Well, I've been living in Bushwick for 6 months, now (off the Myrtle stop). I was born in the Bx and used to live in Hell's Kitchen for many years; and really its about the same in terms of security, etc. The best part about Bushwick, it that it is just a bunch of real people that live here. There's the Ecudorian Volley Ball tournaments at Maria Hernandez, there's the block parties in the summer, there's the Yemini Bodegas and there is Good Bye Blue Monday. There's the myriad of stores on Bway and Knickerbocker and there's the J Train (which can get you anywhere in the city). What more could you ask for? At least the place is still real. It will take many years for Bushwick to "Gentrify" and it will be worth living here until that happens (if it ever does). The point is - if you want to live in a real NY neighborhood then come to Bushwick. Yeah, you could be mugged, but you could get mugged in Times Square too. So, what do you have to lose? This will never turn into Williamsburg. There are too many real people here.

crimestats: 5th Oct 2007 - 10:33 GMT

dont always believe crime stats or any stats for that matter.

Stats are like a womans bikini, they reveal alot but do not show anything.

crystal: 7th Oct 2007 - 00:47 GMT

i use to live in bushwick, from the time i was born until i was six years old, my grandmother lived on stockholm and bushwick ave, she passed away in 74, so my stepmother and father, moved to east ny, until i was 11 and we moved back to bushwick, my address was 177 covert st bet wilson and central, i loved bushwick, i now live in ct. when i come to ny to visit i always come threw my old stoppin ground, back in the days halsey park have the summer jams, or halsey jhs park, there use to be fights but thats everywhere you go, dont act gangsta, you wont have problems, i use to always hang on wilson ave bet shaffer and decatur. it use to be the game room. but iam also talking over 20 years and better, but it's funny when ever i come threw i never have any problems, there are still people over there i grew up with. buswick brings back a lot of memories happy and sad.

John Dereszewski: 8th Oct 2007 - 04:30 GMT

Crystal, as I'm sure you know, the block on Covert that you lived on went through some very difficult times in the 1970's and 80's due to the many buildings that were lost through numerous fires. With that said, it was very heartening to read that, despite these problems, you loved living in Bushwick. I suspect that one of the reasons for this was that the people on this block worked hard through their block association to fight the blight and keep the block together. They also organized some terrific block parties. (I remember one when the Calabash Dancers performed.)

One of the block association's leaders and prime movers was Mrs. Maud Sykes who lived across the street from you at 174 Covert - the building with the little fawn in front of it. (I always saw the fawn as a symbol of hope for the block during even the darkest times.) Mrs. Sykes faught fiercely for the community. While we were always on good terms during the years I worked for the local councilman and then as the community board's District Manager, she would have no problems coming down very hard on me if she did not think I was doing my best to help Covert Street. For many years, she also ran a very fine after-school program for scores of local youth.

During the past few years, the block's fortunes have turned for the better with the construction of many affordable and high quality Partnership Housing that have literally filled just about all of the gaps created by the fires. Most unfortunately, Mrs. Sykes, who faught passionately for this housing, died just as construction was about to begin. But I'm sure her spirit continues to urge the block on.

I hope this adds to your fond memories.

UpFromFlames: 13th Oct 2007 - 01:32 GMT

It would be best to read all the posts above for your answer.

I think you'll be fine. But there is so much more to it than that.

Jane: 5th Nov 2007 - 17:00 GMT

I saw a nice a condo in Bushwick. It was located in between Montrose and Morgan stops on L train line. The major cross sections are Flushing and Bushwick. The apartment was lovely, I'm not sure about the area. Would you say that it is safe for a single woman to work about 5-6 blocks at 9 pm? Are there much stores and restaurants around that area?

Mushi: 12th Nov 2007 - 21:25 GMT


I've lived by myself in Bushwick off of the Jefferson Street stop. My theory with being a single woman living in any part of NYC: take the subway until a certain part of the night you feel comfortable. If you are working or partying late in Manhattan and don't feel comfortable taking a train at night by yourself, take a cab or a car service. Unless you live in some really, really scary areas, it's a judgement call on your part. Places can only get better: Manhattan just keeps getting too expensive for places like Bushwick to NOT get better.

I walk a few blocks by myself in my neighborhood at night, and I've never felt threatened. I see women walking by themselves at night all the time.

There are definitely places opening up in the Montrose/Morgan stop area -- much more than off of the Jefferson stop!

Again, the area can only get better -- be positive!

Antwerp Kurzweil: 13th Nov 2007 - 03:19 GMT

dangerous citizens? man, what you need to be worried about is the dangerous NYPD. sure, there's always the chance you'll get mugged in nyc, but then again, theres also a chance you'll get an undeserved hail of NYPD bullets raining down on your ass for no reason. in case you didn't know, the cops here are indeed that evil and inept.

you're pretty much damned whether you do or don't. so get that place in bushwick or ridgewood! its cheap, and admittedly, the odds are in your favor that the next Nazi-like NYPD death-related faux pas will more likely occur in the south bronx, east new york or harlem before they'll happen in bushwick. you might come out on top.

But yeah, seems to have some good karma popping lately; as well it should, granted its not to distant past...

Mushi: 13th Nov 2007 - 16:00 GMT

Stopped into the new K-Pax Deli on Starr between Wyckoff and Irving. It's a nice, CLEAN little place opened by a Polish couple (which is odd because the Polish population seems to stay in Maspeth, Greenpoint, and part of Ridgewood). It's like Brooklyn's natural only about 1/5 the size and, obviously, less items. It needs more pre-made foods, more fresh veggies and fruits, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. But it is very, very clean.

Again, at least the location is trying to change!

Peter: 13th Nov 2007 - 17:13 GMT

i pass that place every day going to/coming back from the train. i never see anyone in there. im assuming its because theyre still pretty new. with all the cheap (but admittedly spartan/utilitarian) s around (two are within 50' of k-pax itself), theyre going to have to be both much better stocked and much more competitive price-wise than the rest of the neighborhood if theyre going to stick around for very long... saying its like brooklyn's natural is a bit of a stretch, but it is indeed a step in the right direction...

i am tempted by their soup offerings, though. as its been cold and wet recently, a nice cup of soup walking home from the train in the drizzle would be nice...

Mushi: 13th Nov 2007 - 21:51 GMT

I had the barley soup at K-PAX last night -- it was nice (and warm).

As for it being like Brooklyn's Natural, you can obviously see that is where K-PAX got their inspiration. And I said it was like 1/5 the size of Brooklyn's Natural only with lots of Polish groceries.

Pricing on their sandwiches are the same as the bodegas, and yes, they need to be better stocked (I was actually shocked at the low amount of diet drinks there), but again, it's improvement for the area.

Dark: 15th Nov 2007 - 09:11 GMT

What's the area like around schaefer st., near Wilson Ave. like? I believe it's right near the cemetery and the Wilson Ave. L station. Any info would be a big help.

like-iti-s: 15th Nov 2007 - 22:04 GMT

i would stay away if your going to live in bushwick (if you have to)

move to area closer to ridgewood. BUT not starr, troutman, jefferson, willoughby, etc. also visit and see a list of some sex offenders in the area many in the 11221 zip code.

Peter: 16th Nov 2007 - 14:16 GMT

interesting... i live smack in the middle of the area around ///, and think its actually pretty good here... id much rather live in this area than the "area closer to ridgewood", but thats just my opinion, i guess...

like it is: 17th Nov 2007 - 00:12 GMT

again visit and key in zip code 11221.

upfromflames: 17th Nov 2007 - 00:53 GMT

Is the difference real? Or is it just what feels better? Does it really take worn down buildings to house a pedophile? Seems to me they could live everywhere...

From my own experience, as a teacher, it seems that people watch out for their own, and that much more in neighborhoods not accepted as "nice". My kids are streetsmart, and would never let their personal space be violated.

It could even be that "nice areas", for all their superficial complacency, make families that much more vulnerable to physcical threats.

No matter how nice the area, what matters is who you are, how you raise your children, and most important, if you judge people by their skin, or by their character.

Peter: 17th Nov 2007 - 05:00 GMT

hey "like it is": even our 'beloved' hutchinson, kansas has more sex offenders per capita than ! your brand of reactionary bullshit is just that... bullshit. whats your point? i mean... i live in , and trust me, worrying about where the nearest 'sex offender' lives is the least of my worries, yo. i mean, its almost laughable. where do you live? please let us know. id love to see how many predators live in your neck of the woods.

again... whats your point? people always want to talk about demographic dynamics in bushwick... race, gentrification, income, etc... but i can tell you this... regardless of their background, race, age or gender, id wager that most bushwick residents wouldnt hesitate to step up to a community menace if it came to that.

also, for the record, a site with the name "" sends a shivver up my spine, very much like the words "homeland security"... it just reeks of flyover-state americana and right-wing holier-than-thou-ness.

Logan: 18th Nov 2007 - 17:47 GMT

I am a 38 year old man born and raised in bushwick. I have seen bushwick go through many changes. I can remember when the wiseguys used to spend their days in the coffee shops on knickerbocker Ave by the park. The place was full of heroin addicts and alcholics. You would see them nodding in the streets all over the place. There were street gangs on Jefferson St. Flushing Ave and Wilson Ave. Such as The Devils Rebels, The Brooklyn Destroyers and The Crash Crew just to name a few. Peoples homes were broken into frequently and it was not uncommon to see people robbed in the street. These were the days of very long cars,funk music and abandoned buildings. I was just a kid but I remember. Then came the eightees along with crack. There were two major drug crack gangs in the neighborhood fighting over teritiory. I can remember coming home late at night and walking past dead bodies on many occasions. I lost many freinds during this time. You could be walking down the street and there would be gun shots. The crack heads were in the neighborhood by the thousands. They were like zombies all over the place. Prostitures, dealers, pimps, stick up kids, you name it. They would go into peoples hall ways all the time to get high, turn tricks whatever. Flushing Ave between Irving and Wyckoff was prostitute city. Special task forces were formed and police men were stationed in trailers permenantly on Troutman St. and Knickerbocker park to clean up the drug activity. I do not beleive the drug trade will ever be fully eliminated in Bushwick however it is much better than it was in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Most of the abandoned buildings have been restored or replaced with new constuction and many new businesses have appeared. It is not the best neighborhood but most of its reputation comes from its past not its present. I made some mistakes coming up which I attribute to the environment I was subjected to when I became old enough to go out by myself. Because of this I am very uncomfortable with the idea of raising my children there and have moved to a better neighborhood. However If I was a single man or married with no children I would not think twice to move back.

lil nancy: 19th Nov 2007 - 20:01 GMT

anyone remember Nancy and Felo's candy store on Knickerbocker Ave between Linden St. and Grove St., then she moved to the corner of Knickerbocker and Linden St.? She sold great sandwiches, the only penny candies to all the kids in the neighborhood, and had all the old video games in her store. This was about 1966 through 1990.

mushi: I **heart** Peter! Nice response!

mushi: 20th Nov 2007 - 16:52 GMT

It looks like something might be opening up next to Northeast Kingdom. I noticed this morning that the security gate was up on the storefront next to the restaurant. That is very promising!

Bk Finest: 12th Dec 2007 - 05:54 GMT

I never lived in Bushwick but am very familiar with the nieghborhood. Its funny back in the days Bushwick was known for its good weed. As far as I can remember we'd take trips from Sunset Pk Brooklyn to buy that good weed on Hancock & Evergreen and Palmetto & Gates. This was in the 80's. Shortly thereafter I became a cop on worked that nieghborhood as an undercover cop buying drug. Unlike a lot of hoods Bushwick was never organized when it came to the drug game. Buying drugs in B'wick was never ending. K'Bocker & Troutman and all the spots on the darkside was sick. But I must say Bushwick has gotton a lot better. Although you still have some bad apples, i feel its only a matter of short time before it will be the place to be and raise children.

Seen: 15th Dec 2007 - 20:16 GMT

Someday, when Bushwick becomes accepted as a great place to live (face it, y'all, it's inevitable-- its on its way, and if you can't tell, then you obviously haven't ever been there) people are going to look back at this post and laugh at some of the comments.

rachael: 17th Dec 2007 - 01:16 GMT


many of the comments i've read have either amused me or angered me...but I'll go on anyway...

i'm a brooklyn native and originally from east flatbush. my parents left there to move to long island [for better schools for me and my bro]. i came back to nyc for art school for 4 years and moved to bushwick after i graduated.

i haven't experienced being robbed or being in any real danger since i've been here. but then again, i was raised in a not-so-safe place and i know to handle myself. the people here are nice.

now, my issue is with all those that call-out the hipsters and all that. i'm sure people in this neighborhood think that i am one, but i can't help looking like others [i'm also a west indian american female]. i'm not rolling in money in any way. i don't believe that i'm a gentrifier [if i'm paying pennies to live somewhere] and i hope others don't think that i am one. i work hard like anyone else and i've got bills like everyone else.

some of those hipsters you're talking about are just as broke as i am. art jobs pay well if you're lucky to find one, so yeah, us broke ass cheapos are going to move here because it's cheap and there's a sense of community here which is nice.

i feel that the 'hardcore natives' are too quick to pull the hipster card and dismiss everyone new in the neighborhood as rich, spoiled brats. let me assure you that anyone that fits that description still lives in w'burg. they wouldn't live in bushwick unless they had to. i live here because i can afford it and williamsburg is gross. great to visit..annoying to live in.

i dunno, i'd love the neighborhood to grow as in i'd love to see the community cater to all types and for all different types to have a greater relationship. i don't want skyscrapers and overpriced condos and coffee shops filled with people with sticks up their asses. i like the neighborhood as it is. regardless if i'm thought of as being a hipster...i'll just use my non-existant fortune and live peacefully here.

oh yeah, and for those that are wondering why gentrification is taking it's sweet time here... realtors are pawning people by calling the area east w'burg. happy rich folks are glad to come out and check the place out. once they step off of the l at jefferson and dekalb, they turn running. why? bushwick is large. and it has a large concentration of brown people. the brown people scare them. not all...but the ones that have an exaggerated idea of what 'brooklyn life' is. why do you think people aren't moving in droves to east flatbush? crazy west indians that's why. i know. i was one of them.

so, for those of you that can't wait for a starbucks to be opened out here, please do hurry up and find a place in williamsburg. you'll make us and yourselves very happy.

greene and knick: 21st Dec 2007 - 00:26 GMT

Reading this column.. Interesting, since I grew up near Greene & Knick. and remember the murder at the pizzeria on Irving and greene in the early 70's.
Just wondering, from the 11/17 comments, why would you percieve it as bad to have these people registered?

Low Kee Angel 22nd Dec 2007 - 06:18 GMT

Maria Hernadez, of whom they renamed Star Park after. Can someone please tell the real story behind this person and the events leading to her death.

UpFromFlames: 22nd Dec 2007 - 14:41 GMT

Its amazing the things that Google can do!
I feel that this is a great summary.
I'd love to be able to identify Carlos, but he has since left the city and lives somewhere upstate.

Low Kee Angel UpFromFlames.....thank you

FRED MEGLIO: 24th Dec 2007 - 15:20 GMT


Knickerbocker & Troutman: 25th Dec 2007 - 22:46 GMT

Carmine Galante, although not the most positive person, was loved and adored by the community. Old timers said he was very generous and took care of the community, but no way should they even consider renameing any street in his honor

Jim QV: 28th Dec 2007 - 13:29 GMT

I used to work with a guy named Al Sorbello and I remember him saying he grew up around Starr St, Troutman St and Knickerbocker Ave. He said he was born there in the late 1940's and lived there until the late 1970's. I also worked for a guy named Charlie Campisi, I think he grew up on Suydam St. They knew each other. They were both really good guys. Al died in the mid-1990's and is missed.

fred meglio: 29th Dec 2007 - 15:43 GMT

jim i knew al sorbello he was my dads best friend dads name was mickey meglio nick name real name john

fred meglio: 29th Dec 2007 - 16:48 GMT


Low kee 30th Dec 2007 - 03:53 GMT

Anyone remember a sad occurence that took place on Troutman St, where a father murdered the wife and a child, the other child hid behind the curtain escaping death. I think the little girl was very young, she is still a live today. Real sad, I think this happened in the mid 90's

desales pl: 30th Dec 2007 - 10:49 GMT

anyone can tell me anything about bushwick and desales pl

historian: 30th Dec 2007 - 19:34 GMT

Many of the crimes,and the one you are referring to, are in the archives of the NY times

Also, the fire on Central Ave. in June 1974 where people were killed and the landlord was suspected but not charged, of course the Fremgen case and the maria hernandez incident.
However, i would like to know if any of you have info on the death of the teen in around 1966-67 who died when he was "playing" in the sewer construction on troutman st.

Michael Worsley: 31st Dec 2007 - 01:29 GMT

I Was Born On Sunday November 21,1971 In The Bushwick Section Of Brooklyn 37 Eldert Street Use To Love To Watch The J Train Run Down To Halsey Street Run Up To Chauncey Street,Years Ago My Late Father and I Use To Catch The J At Halsey Street Ride All The Way To Queens Blvd Before It Was Demolishing The Thrilling Years Of Yesterday.

sonia: 31st Dec 2007 - 03:48 GMT

bushwick is a very good place to live you have a lot of low income families who live there but there are alot of whites moveing in i have notice a lot of new houses being built and the streets look a whole lot better less empty lots and more residents moving in people pay taxes for thier new houses so i feel its makeing a diffrence in the community . i have live in bushwick for about 15 years and i recamend it to any one who is willing to make new friends . only one thing i do have to admit if you stick your nose where it dont belong you will find trouble just like any where else you live .

John Dereszewski: 31st Dec 2007 - 16:24 GMT

To DeSales:

I can tell you a bit about this small street in extreme southern Bushwick. First, it was originally known as Hull Street and marked the point where the then winding Bushwick Road took a turn south on its way to join the Kings Highway, which now forms a part of Eastern Parkway. This was durung colonial times.

The street was given its current name probably in the late 1800's. This was when the Roman Catholic parish currently known as Our Lady of Lourdes was named St. Francis de Sales. Since the parish was founded in 1871 (making it a very old parish) and renamed in 1900, the stret name change must has occurred during this time. I guess the emerging cult associated with Our Lady of Lourdes triggered the name change.

Incidently, if you are interested in reading more about this portion of Bushwick, you should visit the following web site:

This is a cite dedicated to the old Colonial movie thretre that was situated at Bushwick and Chauncey and that now is a church. The many comments submitted since the blog was created in 2005, however, cover the entire Our Lady of Lourdes community and are really fascinating. (It reminds me very much of this blog.) So enjoy.

John Dereszewski: 1st Jan 2008 - 16:33 GMT

To DeSales again:

My long excursion into the history of this street might not have answered your question, which probably was: How would it be to live on DeSales Pl. now?

The fact is, DeSales is one of several lovely one or two block streets that run from Broadway to the cemetary. Pilling, Granite, Aberdeen and Vanderveer Sts. are the others, and two longer streets - Moffat and the Bushwick portion of Chauncey St. - also fit into this mold. These are quiet, tree lined, streets with fine one and two family wood frame housing that are very well maintained. This area is also well served by the L train's Bushwick-Aberdeen station. In short, if you are looking for a nice place to move, this might very well be it.

Uchie Martinez: 6th Jan 2008 - 18:27 GMT

Dear Old School:

I do remember Maxi's place, Meatland, Paul the barber, Knickerbocker park. I lived on Melrose Street between Knickerbocker Street and Wilson Avenue, best years of my life between 1965 and 1988. I still visit from time to time, have family there. Knickerbocker Street looks run down but Melrose Street is very livable. It's nice to know that someone from back in the days remembers these places and probably enjoyed the same things I did. Go old school.

Uchie Martinez: 6th Jan 2008 - 18:42 GMT

Hey Alfred in ATL:

I too lived at 336 Melrose Street and 338 Melrose Street your dad was my landlord. Moved out in 1988 but I still go back, have family at 338 Melrose Street. Why do you bash Melrose Street in Bushwick? It wasn't paradise but I have many fond memories. I had such a great time growing up there, made lots of friends and didn't have a problem with anyone. Bushwick rocks! Think of it this way, everything in life changes, change is good *sometimes* I'm sure you have some good memories of the place.

jimmy: 9th Jan 2008 - 11:10 GMT

I was born in Bushwick, 1950 and lived there till 1963.
I lived on the corner of Grove Street and Evergreen Avenue.
I remeber the Halsey Bops, The Ellery Bops, The Flaming Saints. Cypress Park, Hyland Park, Stickball, Paul and Anna's Candy Store, St. Barbara's Church, The RKO Bushwick, the Loew's Gates, The Monroe theatre, egg creams, the Bushwick boys' club, and so much more.
I wrote a whole book about growing up in Brooklyn.

FRED MEGLIO: 9th Jan 2008 - 14:10 GMT


rich backes: 9th Jan 2008 - 14:43 GMT

lived at 624 chauncey the early fiftees remember niehr's ice cream parlor the hang out of the rail road boys.went to our lady of lourdes our house is long gone my brothers and i go back and visit once in awhile none of the houses on that block look the same don't reconize one of them.remember the neighborhood kids kenny'bruce'larry his brother killed in vietnam bobby'neil and tommy in 56 we moved across broadway sill on chauncey though that block had tons of kids out on the street,all summer long we would play stick ball not like that anymore boy how i miss those days

Lydia: 10th Jan 2008 - 15:11 GMT

Hi Uchie,

You are so right! I also have fond memories of Melrose Street, remember I lived in 350 Melrose street from 1976 to 1980 and my sister lived in the building next to yours. Although it was for a short period of time,I still enjoyed living there. I now live in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn; and I love it here. Yes,Bushwick has changed a lot from the time we lived there, I do not visit but I would never say I would not live there because you never know what live brings your way.

How can anybody forget Maxi's Candy Store, penny candies which today you do cannot find and his delicious Egg Cream soda. Wow! Knickerbocker Park and let's not forget Vito's Pizzeria, when a slice of pizza was .35 cents.

Those were the good old days. :-)

revisited: 11th Jan 2008 - 12:33 GMT

my father grew up on hart street thru early 60's. took him back to old neighborhood for tour. area is slowly coming back but still very bad sections. give alot of credit for tearing down the burnt buildings and putting up new ones. however, the area has no ammenities/stores except knickerbocker
Couple of points. while many of the tenaments were worn and needed sprucing up, ther were no "old cars" around. also why is it, that many woman have to wear clothes that are two or three sizes to small. passed myrtle near cemtral and there was a man who was in his forties playing music on his stoop with speakers that must of been 4 ft tall. it was so loud, that my car was actually shaking from the vibration. no regard for anybody else, if a baby was sleeping, person sleeping who was working nights, etc.

SCW: 12th Jan 2008 - 05:56 GMT

How about Bushwick East of Gates Ave and the proximity to Brownsville? Doesn't Brownsville have the highest murder rate in the city?

johnny quilez: 15th Jan 2008 - 21:35 GMT

i grew up in the bushwick section of bklyn and have many fond memories and many bad ones as well.but i don't have one regret growing up there,it made me wiser.i lived on the corner of knickerbocker and hancock from the early 1970's thru the 1980's.i went to p.s. 151,j.h.s. 162 then transfered to 296,the for h.s. i went to grover cleavland h.s.we moved just as the crack epidemic got worse.anyone from the block from around the same time i lived there please respond to this post or email me at

Angel from Sunset Park Brklyn: 22nd Jan 2008 - 03:46 GMT

Never lived there, but I must say Evergreen and hancock had the best weed in the whole city in the early 80's

FORMER BUSHWICKNITE: 3rd Feb 2008 - 19:13 GMT


Upstate Jim: 10th Feb 2008 - 04:06 GMT

Born in Bushwick in 1963 and moved to rural upstate in 1971. Lived on Dekalb close to knickerbocker ave (about 3 doors down from the pizzeria). I came from a great big family that was split up all around knickerbocker on hart street, dekalb ave, and some in Ridgewood. Unlike most inner city kids who strive to get out of the city in the summer, I always came back to the city in the summer to spend time with my family. As time went on my whole family moved away from Bushwick and even NYC in general, we have been out of Bushwick for over 25 years I am now 44 and my kids who never walked on brooklyn streets are adults. I drove through the neighborhood about 10 years ago with my kids to show them where I lived and they were amazed that I was from the "hood" funny I never considered it that way, it was just where we lived, I liked it and I remember I hated the thought of moving away when I was a kid. It is a shame that it got so bad there, as I read this blog I am pleased that some people think it is not that bad there. I hope you folks can clean it up, what a great historic neighborhood, don't reduce it to just "da hood", your better than that...

bob r: 12th Feb 2008 - 02:54 GMT

born in bushwick in '53. lived on Bushwick Ave one house off Jefferson, may have been 1212. I was 4 years old, my sis 3 and younger brother was an infant. While watching American bandstand, only because the Micky Mouse Club came on next, I heard my mom scream in the kitchen,my dad came in the front door early from work> Next thing I know there are police all over the house. Heard them say, "He fell back out the window". Years later I got the real story. Guy climed through the rear open window of our second floor apartment,grabbed my mom, dad comes home.....WE then moved to Richmond Hill. Years later I returned (as a detective), worked the area involving homicides and narcotic's. still rememebr being takin' to john's Bargain Store and seeing Snow White in the movies. My dad also delievered bread on the weekends for "Bonacoura's Bakery". "Murray's Antiques" was across the street, alongside a luncheonette. Baptized at Our Lady of Good Council, my cousins went to 14 Holy Martyer's.

Ed Swenson: 12th Feb 2008 - 21:35 GMT

I was just a baby in Bushwick. Born at Bushwick Hospital in 1937, saw Dr. Salpeter when needed. Family moved to Ozone Park in 1939 and then to New Hyde Park in 1942 but family was loyal to B Hospital, and when my sister was due in 1946 she was born at B hospital also. I heard that the hospital was downgraded into a nursing home. Does anyone know if it is still there, what it's address is...?
Next time I get to NY I plana to explore to see it.

yes it is: 14th Feb 2008 - 22:58 GMT

it is still there as a nursing home, looks somewhat forlorn to say the least. I took my m/f to old neighborhood and commented that imaging spending your golden years in that place....

geraldine: 17th Feb 2008 - 02:49 GMT

i moved to grove and bushwick over this past summer, and haven't had a single problem at all. it was intimidating at first (i'm 22, white, and female), but for the most part people have either ignored me or just stopped to ask about why the j train running late or where the bus is. my phone was stolen a few months ago, and my boyfriend called it, met up the people who found it, and they returned it without a problem. i just moved from grove and bushwick to eldert and bushwick, and my boyfriend and i walk down bushwick to each other's apartments at night all the time. i'm really happy with the neighborhood - my rent is cheap, the families in the building are really nice, and i don't find myself intimidated most people in the area.

JimQV : 18th Feb 2008 - 01:53 GMT

A young lady named Geraldine just posted that she had moved to Bushwick Ave & Eldert St, and doesn't feel insecure. My Mom was born in a house on Eldert St is 1922. Her relatives owned that house from the time it was built, for over seven decades. A year and a half ago I asked my cousin (who was 67 at the time) why they left? He said, "we had to get them out of there, those two old ladies were getting mugged, right and left". Then he added that "the final straw was when a mugger walked up to Veronica on Bushwick Avenue, punched her in the face, knocked her down and took her purse". He finished, "do you know how much money she had in her purse? Nothing! He knocked her teeth out for nothing!"

I was assigned to the 83 Pct in the early 1980's. At that time, the two elderly Aunts were still alive, and at one Thanksgiving dinner they asked me how their old house looked? I said, not as nice as when you owned it. Actually, by that time the house my Moms family had owned from 1890 to 1964 was a burned out shell. How sad...

You may feel safe 99.9999999% of the time, but there's always that tiny fraction of a percent, that in Bushwick, can be lethal. Think about the worst day you can have, not the best, when you contemplate living at Bushwick & Eldert. Sweet, gentile, elderly Irish women, like my Grand Aunts aren't living there anymore. Can you handle a very bad day? The NE Patriots were supposed to be a shoe in for the Super Bowl, but they had a bad day. Anyone can have a bad day. But bad days on Bushwick Avenue are the worst.

KayO: 24th Feb 2008 - 16:20 GMT

Wow! Dr Salpeter, havent heard that name in about 50 years. My parents went to him. I lived on Furman Ave. left in 1960 when I got married. My parents stayed as long as they could and got nothing for their house. The house was burned down eventually like the church Our Lady of Lourdes on Aberdeen St. People came out of their homes and shops in the morning and cleaned the streets . What happened?????Dont they sell brooms and mops anymore.

Bob: 26th Feb 2008 - 04:46 GMT

I was born in Bushwick in 1950. I lived on Starr Between Wilson and Central, great place to grow up. We had to move in 1962 because the city wanted to knock down PS 53 and build JHS 111. Anyone remember Charlie's candy store on Starr and Central, the Starr Movie, St. Joe's Feast? Great times. There used to be a pizza place on Central where you could buy a square of pizza. We would play ball all day in the summertime. We would go to Cypress pool or sometimes St. George pool. There was a candy store by St. Joe's where we would go after church on sundays and buy candy for a penny or two cents. Wax lips, dot candy on paper, all sorts of candy. We used to go to the pretzel factory on Starr and buy a bushel of pretzels and sell them on Knickerbocker avenue for three cents or two for a nickel. How about the cart that came around with the block of ice with the dirty rag on it and we would buy crushed ice and we would pick the color we wanted. Also the hotdog cart would come on saturdays and stay on the corner of Starr and Wilson, hotdogs costed 15 cents. You could buy two hotdogs and a soda for 45 cents.

I wish I could go back to those days, they were great times.

Rob: 26th Feb 2008 - 06:00 GMT

'Have to say, it's been a fascinating experience reading all of these posts and comments. I vistied Bushwick this afternoon as a tourist and while there's only so much ground you can cover in that short a period of time, I did get a much better sense of the neighborhood than the previous time I'd passed through in the mid 90's. I'm not someone who is thinking of moving there so, my contributions here are purely about being hopeful that change will continue in the most positive way possible. More than anything, the best measurement of fairness will come in the form of the people who've lived and struggled with the Bushwick of the past being priorities in terms of reaping the benefits of whatever success keeps spreading. As long as life is still here, we'll always have the opportunity to make things better.

Peace to all of those in Bushwick and good night.

Sylvia Aviles: 16th Mar 2008 - 14:35 GMT

I grew up in Melrose St. Corner Bushwick in the 60th. There was always something happening. But nothing as bad as I read here.I miss going back home, but I know it could never be home anymore. I have been living in germany for the last 36 years. I graduated from Eastern District Highschool 1964 and would be happy to have contact to anyone who knows me. (e-mail:

none ya: 18th Mar 2008 - 17:43 GMT

i grew up on suydam and knickerbocker till i was 21 im 28 now i still go back all the time and bushwick ain't what it used to be shit i remember when even the cops use to sell drugs in knickerbocker park crack viles needles in the old pools before they remodeled the park and i can say bushwick has come a long way its alot safer then what it use to be back in the day still not perfect but alotttttttt better then people on here are saying all thats left is a bunch of fake thugs just little kids trying to claim gangs and colors they know nothing about they only reason i left was to be closer to my business i recommend anyone thinking of moving to bushwick go for it you wont regret it the old neighborhood has changed for the better

jimmy: 19th Mar 2008 - 20:26 GMT

Hi again,
I posted here a while back...
But I just now put up some 8mm film on YouTube from 1954 of my family on the corner of Grove and Evergreen. And at St. Barbara's church. I'm only 4 years old in it but the video is great. Check it out:


Lily: 21st Mar 2008 - 03:07 GMT

Hey, now this is ~my~ house in Bushwick. Only with a different door. I was actually looking through this blog for a picture of a building that looks like mine, and here it is. Good old Graber building. Living there has changed my life.

Renee: 22nd Mar 2008 - 17:43 GMT

I enjoyed reading this thread. However, there are a lot a personal prejudices and biases here. However, that's Americans for you now isn't it. I enjoyed the person who said judge people by their character and not the skin color. I am not a parent yet, but I am a product of successful parenting. To my knowledge raising your children has a lot more to it than just where you live. What happened to the days when people sought out to raise their children to be head strong leaders instead of just following the crowd (no matter where they live)? Why it is an assumption that if you live in a "so called" good area your children will be fine. Do you not think your children will encounter people who are from areas such as Bushwick in life? By no means am I saying not to do everything to keep your children safe, so please do not assume this. A good parent will and that I understand. Anyway, here's a different type of Bushwick story. I am an 80's baby and I was raised in Bushwick (in the 80's of course), when drugs were extremely problematic. My fondest memories are from Bushwick. I am a Black Female in my twenties now, college educated Bachelors in Computer Science and soon to have an MBA in IT management. I work as a Linux Systems Administrator for a major corporation. I have never had a criminal record and I never will. I now live in the south :-( but am looking to relocate back to NYC, likely BUSHWICK. Furthermore, before the assumptions crowd around, being an admin in the IT industry I am not low income AT ALL so that is not my reason for moving to Bushwick.... I love Bushwick... It taught me how to survive/thrive ANYWHERE in this world. So, not a bad story for a Bushwick chic???? To put a spin on things about raising your children... where I live it isn't the low income kids who are having the problems with the drugs and such... It's suburbia kids with the parties, meth, coke, weed, alcohol, etc... The difference is that they do not become statistics like a kid in somewhere like Bushwick would (because you know they are allowed to make mistakes) so we don't hear as much about this problem. However, it exist because I see it. So like I said wherever you live raise your children to be Leaders because there isn't any environment that will do it for you.

Renee: 22nd Mar 2008 - 18:11 GMT

I wanted to add. I don't advocate for living in unsafe areas at all. Hell, when I decide to get married and have children I will definitely want my children to be safe. My personal opinion is that you should always work with what you have to the fullest extent and strive for more. Furthermore, YOU CAN RAISE CHILDREN SUCCESSFULLY ANYWHERE. It's up to the parent to put the time into their children, period. Also, I like the improvements that I've seen going on in Bushwick. It does need a lot more work and I think it will get there. I grew up there, and I want to be a part the change.

joe caiola: 28th Mar 2008 - 07:13 GMT

y grew up on willoughby between wilson and knickerbocker. went to st. joseph patron on suydam st and st. john's prp on lewis ave. those great days in the sixties hanging out at mikes ice cream parlour for burgers and playing the juke. and larry certa, zay, joey geramina and cathy and the beatles and haning out in larry cellar. oh yes one never will forget!!!!!!!!!!

Angela Bentley: 31st Mar 2008 - 20:22 GMT

I lived on Gates ave then on Onderdyke avenue use to hang out on Palmetto street. I am looking for a family that lived on Palmetto street. This would of been about 25-28 years ago. Her name was Kathleen Fisher she had a sister named Maryjane and brother named Robert. Anyone know them can you let me know. Thanks Angie

Angela Bentley: 2nd Apr 2008 - 19:31 GMT

Looks like no one has been on look at this wonderful site and letting people remember the past. I am still trying to find out if any one remembers kathleen fisher who lived on Palmetto Street. I grew up on gates ave then on ondondonk ave in 1971 through 1980. My godmother lived above the drug store on wyckoff ave on the corner. Used to go shopping all the time on myrtle ave. and stealing candy from the pathmark. lol If any one remembers this neighborhood i was born on dekalb my sister was born in wyckoff hospital even lived in williamsburg for a bit my stepfather worked for the housing department there. He retired from there. Anyone know Anthony Vitale or Matthew Vitale let me know how about Robert Mcquade used to live across the street from him on gates ave.

Barbara Leone: 6th Apr 2008 - 01:40 GMT

I lived on Gates ave in the 60s moved in 1966. Angela what year did you live on gates ave I lives at 1301 gates ave and had lots of friends on Palmetto st and Grove street.I went to St Barbaras. My best friend still came from Palmetto street.

Angela Bentley: 7th Apr 2008 - 15:18 GMT

I lived on gates have around 1975 or so then moved to onderdonk ave and palmetto street around 1978-1979

sicilian brookly gal: 8th Apr 2008 - 17:27 GMT

I grew up on wilson and george. big family building. every apt lived a relative. of course grandpa was the owner. went to st. jo's on suydam st. will never forget my years there with great friends. graduated from there in 1960. the candy store around the corner from st. jo's was Mr. Green. the candy tasted best on sundays after mass when it was lent or advent cause then u could break your fast. anybody who went to st. jo's from 1952-1960 please post a comment. it would be interesting to see if i know any of u.

bill: 10th Apr 2008 - 07:43 GMT

Born in 1941 at williamsburg hospital. Lived at 99 Stockholm until '46 when we moved to 41 Cornelia Street betweenBushwick and Broadway (third house down from the congregationalist Church. went to PS 56 (Madison and bushwick), halsey JHS (Eldert/covert streets) and FKLane efore moving to richmond Hill queens.

Broadway was Ludwig-Baumann furniture, Tell'd Epartment Store, the RKO bushwick, Loewe's Gates, Monroe theaters, Our lady of Good Counsel, Runi's ice cream parlor, Nedicks and a lot of candy stores that sold six cent cokes and eight cent pepsis. You took them out of the big red Coca cola ice chest snf had to pay two cents deposit id you took them out of the store. if you found a bottle on the street, you could collect the two cents. A few found bottles and you could get your own soda. Enough of them ansd you coud go to the movies.

Stickball, punchball and triangle, Chinese handball, boxball and stoopball. Ringalevio, zigzag tag and scully. Who needed computer games?

Learned to swim at the Bedford Y where I was one of about seven White kids among 75 or so Black boys. About nine o'clock when the lessons wer over a bunch of the Black kids would walk with us to the bus stop and wait until we caught the Gates Ave bus. Decades later I realized they were protecting us. wish I could thank them for that.

Rode on the back of the broadway trolleys until the conductor saw us and chased us away. Had snowball fights on Bushwick Avenue (one side against the other) as we walked home from PS 56, and the blizzard of 47 left snowbanks forever in the streets.

Horse drawn wagons sold watermelon in the summer. Garbage was picked up three times a week and we hung it on the fence in burlap bags. Cars still had running boards for us to sit on untl the owner came out. You culd sell scrap metal and newspapers to the guy that came by every week or two. And there were still icemen who delivered to those old folks who wouldn't accept a refrigerator as necessary.

And in case you are wondering, California isn't Bushwick. But it sdoes have more trees, baseball fields and mountains.


Puffy: 17th Apr 2008 - 03:49 GMT

Can anyone tell me what it's like today on linden street around central ave and evergreen?

John Dereszewski: 18th Apr 2008 - 09:10 GMT

Puffy, Linden between Central and Evergreen is a block that has undergone a considerable transformation over the last decade or so, clearly for the good.

I knew this block very vividly during the bad days of the 1970's, when I worked for Community Board 4, whose office was situated in the Health Dept. building at 335 Central. At that time, the block was seriously blighted. Two huge and filthy vacant lots dominated the south (even numbered) side of the block. One extended up from Evergreen and the other went from mid block to nearly Central. There were only a handful of occupied buildings remaining on this side of the street.

The north side was in somewhat better shape but was also under heavy pressure. The apartment houses situated just north of Evergreen had effectively been abandoned by their owner and, except for the efforts of the tenants and the local HPD office, would almost certainly have been lost. The rest of the block was a mixed bag, with mostly occupied residences but also several vacant lots that were the result of recent housing abandonment and fire. In short, this block was on the verge of complete collapse and the picture was hardly encouraging.

Things are substantially better today. The apartment houses survived and are now thriving as are the other residences that made it though the 1970's. Even better, affordable housing has, over the years, been constructed in just about all of the previously vacant lots. Thus, the state of this block is now as solid as it had previously been precarious. If you visit it today I'm sure you would be impressed.

Sylvia Aviles: 19th Apr 2008 - 15:34 GMT

Hi again,
Can anybody tell me what happens to Melrose St. I lived there in the 50th and 60th. I live now ( since 1972) in Germany.

Jim: 19th Apr 2008 - 16:36 GMT

WOW!!! I used to live in Bushwick in 50's to mid 60's! I went to St,. Barbara's school on Menahan!! I was there during the first blackout & read how awful the second one was there. I moved to Woodhaven for 3 years before coming down here to Fla. ! I read about my old hood in a N.Y. Times article, and there is nothing left of Central Ave. where I lived. I was inbetween Harmon & Bleecker. I do read about the area since we can get N.Y. papers here now. I hope to visit next time I get that way. Reading some of these posts I get the impression it is still strggling. Damn! What memories of my youth!

Peter: 19th Apr 2008 - 21:48 GMT

i know all of you who grew up in back in the day are eager to see more (one of the editors lives in , so email editors at with specific requests) but those of us who live here now are really interested in hearing your stories about the neighborhood. share something with us? tell us about what it was like here years ago?

Movin to Wick: 22nd Apr 2008 - 00:31 GMT

what is melrose between wilson and knickerbocker like as of today for a single white lady?

Peter: 22nd Apr 2008 - 01:14 GMT

hey "movin to wick", wake up! youre working with a conception of thats about 20+ years outdated... i mean, serously. youd think was . perhaps youve been watching too much law and order or taking many of the above half-baked comments too seriously? new york and brooklyn love to romanticize their violence and storied past, you know. maybe you just dont know better, which is ok. and figuring thats the case, i will give you some good advice as a (and a happy ):

as long as you picture yourself as a "single white lady" (victim), youre 100x more likely to become just that... a victim. new york, and especially , is one of the most diverse, open-minded places on earth, as im sure you well know. if youre moving here, youll thrive if you quickly visualize yourself as a determined, common-sensical, hard-working person. learn to use self-descriptors that will empower you... "im a newcomer whos ready to make a go at bushwick. any tips?" just sounds so much better than "im a single white female who is paranoid about her safety due to rumors about a neighborhood i know so little about that i have to google it to get some answers", dont you agree? are you sure you want to move here? are you sure youre ready?

and im sorry. i really dont mean to sound snarky, im just getting tired of all the potential-victims that surf here on an "is bushwick safe?" google query, and ask the same fucking question.

listen, people. bushwick (and every other damned place in the world) is what you make it, and will give you back exactly what you bring to it. trust me on this. do you want to be a potential victim transplant from anywhere, usa or do you want to just hunker down and make a go in a new place? if you think you have your doubts, i urge you to not move here. we dont need more victims, or more clueless unprepared people to muck up the works for those of us who came before. on the other hand, if youre ready for a real experience, and dont mind a little grit (and are perhaps reasonably passable in simple spanish), i say go for it. its cheap here, its sunny this time of year, the people are largely kind, theres an overwhelming sense of community (which is a rare commodity in new york city), and as quickly as you embrace the community and offer it your most postive traits/attitude, it will just as quickly embrace you, exponentially, with the same.

its common sense, really. didnt your momma teach you any common sense?

Movin to Wick: 22nd Apr 2008 - 11:58 GMT

actually I am from Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bay, but I have been out of the country for a time and had some concerns about that specific block because I just found and apartment there and it was mentioned earlier in the thread as being particularly bad. I wanted to know if the contents of this thread was the usual out of towner terror (because they are for the time experiencing what it means to be a minority in a community for the first time or if Bushwick and more so that block a crime zone.

Jimmy Legs: 25th Apr 2008 - 15:19 GMT

i say that part of Melrose is pretty safe nowadays. to me the litmus test is to go there on a weekend night and see how comfortable you feel.

and to Jim QV: th worst day on broadway and eldert might be very bad indeed, but no worse the worst day on Pierrpont st. eldert's doing pretty well these days!

JAY BUSHWICK: 26th Apr 2008 - 07:12 GMT


E.stoned bushwick: 2nd May 2008 - 16:31 GMT

I was born in wycoff in 72 lived on wilson stockholm st.went to 123 111@ 162 wrote graffiti, rymed saw allmost all my boy,s get hooked on crack, heron do bids remember my boy z.o got shot on troutman all the crewz b.s.k, h.b.o,c.g.k,t.o.s,m.s.d we all got fucked up at one time or another remember all my boyz l.g beeski all my boyz from suydam st. I use to sell crack in my j.h.s school even went to melrose 600 it was a different time ive seen puddles of blood in the morning walkin to school and bin there for 30something years w.t.c. serviver now i live in florida just chillin BUSHWICK ONE LOVE crazy writers forever. nelly still keepin my dauther from me thanks bitch

Peter: 2nd May 2008 - 16:46 GMT

any of you that came up in bushwick got any pictures of the neighborhood from back in the day?

disillusioned: 3rd May 2008 - 17:15 GMT

can someone explain to me how it is possible to make friends or have a boyfriend/girlfriend if you live in new york city, esp. seems completely impossible since people are unfriendly and full of themselves. i read above that 'my boyfriend and i' and 'my husband and i' but i'm assuming you didn't meet them there right??? if anyone meets their future spouse in new york city it is a miracle unless you happen to be an asian girl since all white guys in these areas have a fetish for women with pre-pubescent bodies.

Barbara Leone: 4th May 2008 - 01:55 GMT

If anyone has pictures of St Barbaras please email them to me...........I miss that church so much. I lived on gates ave between central and wilson 1954 to 1965. Does anyone remember maxs grocery store on gates and central? My email is thanks

anon ( 13th May 2008 - 01:08 GMT

i live in bushwick pjs my name is kenny wat poppin boy

Big Joe: 15th May 2008 - 06:53 GMT

I was one of the many Sicilian people that lived on Troutman street years ago. we moved out and the place years later went to shit. The mob guys created the dope trade there. Well, its gotten much better. There are many out of town people that want to live in the once factory settings called loft's It has a certain excitement about it. It will always be Brooklyn to me.

Summer Bushwick: 21st May 2008 - 02:58 GMT

Anyone familiar with the area at Myrtle and Grove? I'm living there this summer and trying to find out more about the neighborhood.

upfromflames: 21st May 2008 - 10:39 GMT

Some of the best tacos in all of Bushwick!

marco: 27th May 2008 - 23:10 GMT

hey i live a couple blocks away from you cool i live in Bushwick Brooklyn. riding the train at night is scary u should be very afraid.

upfromflames: 27th May 2008 - 23:53 GMT

Hear that folks. If you ain't scared, get some! But pick up some tacos on the way! I'm hungry!

Barbara Leone: 29th May 2008 - 01:25 GMT

Call it for what it is............bushwick can be very scary but so is the entire world! Grew up there and never had a day without fear but yet I loved growing up there. What I miss most is the corner stores and the people that owned then they were like family and that is what I miss. Will be going back this summer. I really want to see St Barbaras again.

Barbara Leone: 29th May 2008 - 01:25 GMT

Call it for what it is............bushwick can be very scary but so is the entire world! Grew up there and never had a day without fear but yet I loved growing up there. What I miss most is the corner stores and the people that owned then they were like family and that is what I miss. Will be going back this summer. I really want to see St Barbaras again.

Peter: 29th May 2008 - 01:51 GMT

ok, people... what is it, exactly, that makes so "scary"? i mean, really. i wish someone would just come out and spell it out for us, because i dont buy it. sure, the neighborhood has a storied past (dont we all) and is just straight up "real" sometimes, but whats actually happening, specifically, that has people so afraid?

because, knock on wood, ive lived here for a while and never had any drama. not really even observed much drama, truth be told. i just see a nice, hard-working neighborhood with a lot of proud residents, of which i am one.

all this "bushwick fear" (and general outsider "nyc fear" in general) is some sort of urban legend popularized by people who dont live here. looking back over this thread, it looks like many of you have watched "the french connection" one too many times.

i mean, not to downplay the risks and threats that anyone in any hardworking neighborhood would face, but what is it about bushwick, specifically, that has the peanut gallery coming out of the woodwork here to talk about how "scary" it is?

i really wish someone would address that fact once and for all...

i mean, the streets someone above mentioned as being "dangerous", i walk down them every day and see kids playing, people working, families having a good time outside after work/school as spring fades into summer.

whats so "scary" about that?

truthteller facts: 29th May 2008 - 22:21 GMT

the houses on jeffferson starr troutman that are drug infested. Signs on the houses telling people to stay out or get arrested, the drug problem so bad on knick that the nypd has cameras to watch the people, the fact that three of the top ten worst buildings so far as conditions go in all of nyc are in bushwick.

the problem with sex offenders in the area by the hundreds in that zip code. 70% dropout rate in bushwick high, very high teen pregnancy rate. the fact that wyckoff ave is always in the local papers so far as arrests go. evergreen, central, gates, linden all not that good an area. The big nursing home cant get people working their at night. they have to have someone take them to the train rather than walk alone. I guess other than that all is good.

herehere: 29th May 2008 - 22:23 GMT

my father grew up on hart street thru early 60's. took him back to old neighborhood for tour. area is slowly coming back but still very bad sections. give alot of credit for tearing down the burnt buildings and putting up new ones. however, the area has no ammenities/stores except knickerbocker
Couple of points. while many of the tenaments were worn and needed sprucing up, ther were no "old cars" around. also why is it, that many woman have to wear clothes that are two or three sizes to small. passed myrtle near cemtral and there was a man who was in his forties playing music on his stoop with speakers that must of been 4 ft tall. it was so loud, that my car was actually shaking from the vibration. no regard for anybody else, if a baby was sleeping, person sleeping who was working nights, etc.

Peter: 29th May 2008 - 23:03 GMT

truthteller: the signs on the building are standard nycha signage, stating "only tennants and their guests are allowed in building", you know, the sort of signs you see on section-8 housing all over the city... thats hardly a reason for a scare. additionally, your invocations of "drug infested" (what, is that like a termite infestation?) and the cameras on knickerbocker harken back to the 80s, when the crack epidemic put a blight on almost every neighborhood. i dont buy it, and i think your talk is sensationalist. and all these facts you freely quote... id like to see some sources/citations, as some of your figures just dont sound right. i call bullshit. also... "not that good an area"... what an overly generalized way to describe a neighborhood. have you ever lived in bushwick, or have you only read about it on the web and in the papers?

herehere: thats cool that you took your father back. i dont think "needs sprucing up" or "wearing clothes that are too tight" or "playing loud music" (didnt you know bushwick is renowned for its warm-weather cacophony?) have anything to do with the safety of the neighborhood. if the noie gets out of hand, someone can call 311... just like they do in every other neighborhood in nyc.

i tend to think bushwick gets a tough rap. you see trash on the street anywhere else in the city, you just walk past it. you see trash in bushwick, and you say "wow, bushwick is such a trash infested neighborhood!". its enough to make someone laugh, all these opinions based on stereotypes, generalizations, and a long-gone past...

truthteller: 30th May 2008 - 01:13 GMT

the cameras were installed only a few years ago. 70 % dropout rate is a fact as is teen pregnancies

Peter: 30th May 2008 - 02:45 GMT


i think youre relying on hearsay to a large degree.

upfromflames: 30th May 2008 - 03:24 GMT

More to the point, you are confusing problem with solution, and memory with history

The cameras by Maria Hernandez park are part of the Bushwick Initiative, the latest in a long line of projects to fight the drug problems in "The Well", long one of the city's most notorious drug strips. But it is also about quality of life. And as people can tell you, quality of life is returning to this area.

The sad truth is that the damage was done by departing Italians, namely by the Galante Mafia family, which in the 1960's and 70's chose to sell heroin to the blacks and latinos moving into the neighborhood. It was a decision guided by disrespect. It was one that got many killed, including Galante himself. We are still recovering from that decision.

My point here is that its easier to dismiss people that it is to accept painful historical legacies that must be dealt with. Those cameras are doing that work.

So, Truthteller, who's ever truth you are telling, get over it.

Either come back to Bushwick or move on in your mind.

upfromflames: 30th May 2008 - 03:26 GMT

And 70% dropout rate! I am a high school teacher--and you sir, are quoting some racist drivel from a time long past.

Perhaps it suits your needs, but it does not suit the reality at hand.

always race: 30th May 2008 - 21:05 GMT

its always race isn't it. Let me ask you then, what percentage of students actually graduate from Bushwick high?

How many come from two parent homes?

Angela Bentley: 4th Jun 2008 - 14:56 GMT

This is sad there is no need for all this bickering. This is a nice site to see if anyone of the old timers remember each other...I am still looking if anyone lived on Palmetto ave or gates ave or even onondonk ave in the late 70;s particular Kathleen Fisher or sister mary jane Fisher. Anyone know Anthony vitale or Matthew vitale they use to live near myrtle ave. Just wondering. I have some great memories from living there but some sad ones too. where ever you live in the us there are all kinds of "bad" neighborhoods it just the way you make them. Drugs are the devil and people who sell, take or buy them are going to hell.

upfromflames: 4th Jun 2008 - 15:43 GMT

Well, there is not one Bushwick High anymore, but rather four campuses drawing students from all over the city. I work in the Academy of Urban Planning, myself, and our rates are between 60-70% (depending on June vs/ August grads) But I'll check into the rates of the various schools if you are curious. I'd imagines that the Harbor school would be at least 80-90%, but I don't know.

CartLegger: 4th Jun 2008 - 15:48 GMT

Those numbers you are quoting are from back in the bad old days. There is not one Bushwick High anymore. The graduation rate for the Academy of Urban Planning, where I work, is around 55% on a paper, but higher in practice. I imagine that there would be higher numbers for a school like the Harbor school, but I'd have to look into that.

Busy MSD: 4th Jun 2008 - 19:12 GMT

It's really hard to forget a place like Bushwick, I used to live on Central Ave, between Putnam and Cornelia, and I still keep great memories. I used to hang out on Putnam, Between Knickerbocker and Wilson, also on Cornelia and Knickerbocker, I would like to get in touch with people from Bushwick, I still remember my brother Enrique Feliciano "Kike KI" from Gates and Knickerbocker... If anybody knows him tell him to drop a line... I haven't seen anybody from Bushwick since 1993... On that year I've got locked up and went upstate for a few years... Afer that I never came back to Bushwick... But I miss to drive around the neighborhood or walk down knickerbocker, great people, and no doubt the pizza, chinese food and the cuchifritos... Peace.

Angela Bentley: 9th Jun 2008 - 20:07 GMT

Hey busy what year did you live there? DO you remember a kid by the name of RAY RAY or his sister Maria. Just wondering.......

Al Pierro: 10th Jun 2008 - 16:33 GMT

Just came across this website in search of info on what has happened to St. Joseph's church where we used to play softball back in the 50's & 60's. I attended a grade school on Troutman St. between Wilson and Central Aves. which was PS 53. I then attended Junior High School 162 and then to Brooklyn Tech High School (Class of 1965). I lived at 177 Troutman St. between Wilson and Central Aves. I have many great memories of the neighborhood. Like playing punchball on the sidewalk and then graduating to the street between sewers, and punchball in the PS 53 schoolyard where we attempted to punch the ball onto the roof of an ajacent building, stickball with a catcher or drawing a box on the wall for the strikezone, softball anywhere we could get a game, basketball at the school yard, climbing over the 15 ft. fence to get into the school yard. In our younger days it was baseball cards, bikes, tops, skelly, box ball, kings, johnny on the pony, summer recreation at PS 53, making scooters from a 2x4, a skate and a milk crate, the memories seem endless. It really was a great place to grow up and seems to have been a much tamer place compared to what I am reading on the site here. Don't get me wrong there were those who took the drug route and ended up destroying their futures and there were those of us who did their tour of duty in Vietnam and before us it was Korea, and yes there were the gang fights but that was the exception not the norm. Most of us were serious about sports and played every chance we could get. I remember the feasts sponsered by St. Joseph's church which were great. I lived there from 1950 till we moved to Queens in 1963. Some of the many landmarks were the Star theater on Knickerbocker Ave., Ampalo Grocery, Benny's Grocery, Joyer Grocery, Caruso's Drug store on Jefferson St and Wilson Ave., St. Leonard's church on Jefferson and Wilson, Lenny the butcher on Wilson between Troutman and Jefferson Sts., the Green Garden luncheonette, Charlie's luncheonette, Circo Bakery on Knickerbocker, Palermo Bakery with the finest Italian ices and baked goods for miles around, Miamo's bakery, the Boys and Mens shop, the 83rd precinct, Giangrosso's bakery, Boarshead meatmarket, I think I could go on forever. We had a sense of community then and all of our parents looked out for all of us not just their own kids. You could be sure if you were caught doing something wrong and one of the neighbors saw it your father would find out. Our fathers' first instinct was not to defend our behavior if what we did was wrong. That was then. Well getting back to St. Joseph's church does anyone know what happened to it, is it still there?

CuriousGeorge: 13th Jun 2008 - 04:48 GMT

Anyone know what the neighborhood is like on Moffat St. b/n Central and Evergeen? Just off the L-Wilson stop. Looking for a new home in a safe area with modest conveniences -- grocery, dry cleaners, delis/take-out. And how long of a train ride into Manhattan?

ERIC BUSHWICK TAX CREW : 16th Jun 2008 - 21:15 GMT

please if any one knows were my dauther is I was a teen father and her mother went to clevland I Was in 111 her mothers name is nelly she grew up on dekalb bet knick and wilson they called me E.stoned ilived on stockholm in wilson please if any one can find anything out she should be in here 20's begining .here name that i know is lucenia she has black hair and lite skin I was never able to know her.her mothers name in the streets was cookie.
i got green eyes people always knew me in the 80's and 90's please write

remember 1966: 17th Jun 2008 - 11:01 GMT

trying to piece together deatils of a memeory. kid was killed in mid to late 60's when he was running thru the sewers that were being worked on around troutman. apparently he drowned. Does anybody remember this. let me know..

Busy MSD: 18th Jun 2008 - 18:15 GMT

Hey Angela Bentley... I remember Raymond, last time I knew from him in 1993 he used to live on wilson Ave. he has a sister named Maria,... Are we talking about the same person? I don't know what's up with him, but we used to be graffity partners, his tag name was RLC, let me know if we are talking about the same person... Do you still live in Bushwick? Where? Send me your e-mail address... Regards,

Michael Worsley: 19th Jun 2008 - 17:46 GMT

I Love The Bushwick Section Even Though I Was Raised In Bed-Stuy Right Now I'm Working On A Poetry Project About Bushwick The Years I Lived There,I'm Willing To Share With Other Bushwick Natives About My Story And If It Does Come Out It Will Be The Proudest Day In My Life,Believe Me It's Always Said ''Never Forget Where You Came From

The GumbyUF MSD: 26th Jun 2008 - 14:09 GMT

Bushwick...oh, Bushwick. How I love and miss thee. Sorry I left you, but I had to explore other states and neighborhoods. Needless to say, you are still the very, very best piece of real estate on the planet.

One year in Bushwick is a lifetime anywhere else.

Whattup MSD, Putnamaniacs!!!!

Bushwix All-Time Baddest: Gumby, Us First.

Angela Bentley: 3rd Jul 2008 - 17:41 GMT

Hey BUSY MSD---Ray and Maria had an Uncle named Tony and another name Matthew...Sound familiar last I knew they moved was wondering if anyone knew them. Email me at thanks

anon: 6th Jul 2008 - 23:29 GMT

does the bushwick neighborhood extend to the intersection of montrose ave and humboldt street?

upfromflames: 7th Jul 2008 - 01:57 GMT

historically yes, but currently, no--according to the boundaries of Community Board 4

Bushwick stops at Flushing on the North...

Broadway on the West...

Wyckoff (roughly) on the East...

MostHoly Trinity Cemetery on the South...

So where you are talking about it is East Williamsburg--at least now.

anon: 7th Jul 2008 - 04:56 GMT

is the intersection of montrose ave and humboldt street relatively safe? im coming from the perspective of an inexperienced suburban white male, so im not sure what "safe" even means.

upfromflames: 7th Jul 2008 - 12:15 GMT

"Safe" is a psychological range that falls somewhere between what you are used and what people in the neighborhood are used to. So i don't know makes you feel "safe".

But you could take the time to read the posts above and get an idea of what others say about this, as its a controversial topic.

Peter: 7th Jul 2008 - 14:27 GMT

im fascinated by how often people, in a context such as this, tend to define "safe" as "comfortable, according to my standards"... ergo, it doesnt surprise me that someone that would inquire about the "safety" of this area defines himself as a "inexperienced suburban white male", heh...

like it is: 7th Jul 2008 - 20:56 GMT

dear suburban white male not that bad, but not great either, look in a different area

Ed: 27th Jul 2008 - 04:35 GMT


Ed: 28th Jul 2008 - 02:32 GMT

Bushwick Buddies is a private web site devoted to former residents of Bushwick, Brooklyn. You can register by contacting the administrator at
For the most part the site consists of pictures of 1950s Bushwick and discussions on many topics. The pictures are nostalgic and worth viewing by anyone who lived in Bushwick in the 50's.
However, many of the discussions are led by a group of older women who endlessly discuss inanities and flirt with the male old timers who join in. The men are right wing fanatics who have a military solution to every problem facing the country. They kicked me out because I don.t agree with their politics and conservative views on almost anything.
If you want a good laugh, try it. However, don't even try to disagree with them as they are closed minded and very defensive.

Excuzmepleez: 30th Jul 2008 - 08:33 GMT

This post is in response to "remember 1966."
I remember the sad accident. It happened on Troutman Street between Central and Evergreen and it involved a boy named Joey Mistretta who was 9 years old, he had a sister Annette, who I went to school with. Troutman Street was literally dug up by workers,(believe it was due to the construction of JHS 111) and large pieces of wood was used to cover and fence ( the digging) the area at night and weekends. Of course, kids being kids were attracted to the area, I myself was curious but I was more afraid then curious. Kids played near and around the area all the time, whenever an adult saw a child or children too close to the digging, they would reprimand them, chase them away and sometimes, the kids would go back playing after the adults left. Thatís what happened , Joey and some kids went back to play in the ditch, the dirt was piled high in some areas of the ditch and the pieces of wood that was used for covering, the kids climbed on (like the monkey bars in the park.) Joey slipped and fell into an exposed sewer the other kids went for help and by the time the parents and adults arrived they could not find him. When the police arrived, one of the adults who lived on the block and who also," worked in sewers and knew the sewer system well "wanted and tried to climb into the sewer to try to find and pull Joey out. The police stopped him from climbing into the sewer, saying it was too dangerous. By the time the police sent down professionals to help in the recovery they could not locate him Apparently the water current in the sewer system swept Joey away, his body was found hours later and blocks away from where he fell in.
I remember Joey, he was a funny and likable kid. Such a sad, sad story.
In fact, a few years ago, I spoke with someone who lived on that block and her father was the person who wanted to climb down the sewer to help retrieve Joey.
During the late 50ís and 60ís I lived at 171 Troutman Street between Wilson and Central. With the exception of the accident with Joey, my brother and I have fond memories of Bushwick.

MTA: 30th Jul 2008 - 19:31 GMT

This is a great thread and really shows everyone's perspective on the past, the changes, and ideas about the future. I want to check in and see what folks think about Jefferson Ave. between Evergreen and Bushwick Ave. Any information would be great. Thanks

BushwickBaBY08: 31st Jul 2008 - 17:32 GMT

i live in Bushwick..right on Knickbocker Ave.btw.Jefferson n Troutman..well to start it off.. Bushwick needes to be shut down..its full of 14-16 yer old girls whom are pregnate..thats so uncalled for..but what can we do when there no body to show them right.then you have the lill HOOD BOyz..Please wearn there pant off there butts..who in the hell thnkz dats cute? well only the HOOD RATZ.not only that but every night we got the lill HOOD BOYz starting some DRAMMa With the new plp dat move in on the block. they even break in to plpz new Restaurants. how many of the YOung PLP.. Make it out THIS HOOD? with out Getting Shot at,,or giving the state time? thats the real question..i can not waite till i move out of this TRASH ASS HOOD...May B it may b on the rise...but why waite for it to come..when there are many diff places that ARE ALL READY BUILT?... NOW I HAVE A QUESTION FOR ALL OF YOU...
WHich 1 is Easier.....
BE ABLE TO TAKe a PErson out The HOOOD..

in my point of view...even though plp are raised in low in come communties..they should ACT Like HOOD RATS...WHY Can they FInd it EAsy TO SEll DRugz..OR FIght da next person.... WHY Cant they BUST DERE ASS And FIght for a BETTER EDUCATION..A BETTER WAY TO LIFE...

emc: 3rd Aug 2008 - 04:26 GMT

ok- so after reading a lot of the above it seems that it may be a bad idea to stay at my friend's place who will be out of town. i will be visiting by myself and was going to rent a place for the weekend but he offered his for free...but would a single girl, who would spend a lot of time in LES or williamsburg, make it ok? i would be hitting the bars and meeting some folks. mind you i have never stayed in the city in general. just looking for honesty- no worries if the answer is no-i was just looking for guidance. thanks!

Excuzmepleez: 3rd Aug 2008 - 06:01 GMT

To emc,
Where is your "friends place" located? There are sections of Bushwick that I would consider fairly safe and other areas very questionable. What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander and vise-versa.

MaverickMuze: 6th Aug 2008 - 03:02 GMT

Check a Film they did on Bushwick Projects @

mami: 12th Aug 2008 - 06:34 GMT

bushwick cant wait to go back............. i lived in bushwick|flushing until i moved into my housing apartment in coneyisland and let me tell you i can:t wait to go back.... i miss siting in front of the building.chating with all the buchenchedas.walking to the cochefrito.Everybody knowS eachother p.r perade couldn"t wait .it wasnt much but it made me happy to be around my seems like iam in another world coney island is so boring iam stuck with all this russians.if you ever wanna have a great summer bushck is were you wanna be...................i'll be thier i but in a transfer.see you soon bushwick.

Ecto 5000: 13th Aug 2008 - 22:58 GMT

i lived on Menahan st and Wilson ave rite on the corner in the projects.They were called p60 now they are called Hope Gardens, ive moved away and came back and things have change.But for the better, back in the days (1990`S)this area on menahan st,grove st and linden st was buggin out shoot outs in broad daylight even if the precint was down the block.Drugs was on the rise and alot of wanna be drug dealers that didnt fight a fair one they would run and get their guns.Me i stayed clear from that life.Dont get me wrong every hood has its problems.My block was about football and basketball and 383 was the field.Linden park was also part of my life.Plus my window look out to the park.Bushwick is a very block oriented.If you walk down your block your givin plenty of "wasup"or "whats good"to everyone that is out on the stoops.Brooklyn has alot of bad places that are not worth movin too.But bushwick is not like any other hood we have Knickerbocker and Myrtle up by ridgewood.Plenty of good workin people livin their lives here.If i can grow up in brooklyn again i would live in BUSHWICK!!!!

mami: 14th Aug 2008 - 00:06 GMT

I.S49 in bushwick.i atteded 49 from 1994until1997.i had so much fun in that school.i still remember mr witney ms morrinson ms bostic ms raina mr lango ms love mr fernandez and mr rodriquez,did any one out their attend or have any memories please post IS49 will be changeing its name but its good to keep it:s memory alive waz good any one respond//////////Ps ,i use to tag up f.ster.

landlord: 18th Aug 2008 - 02:02 GMT

mami ,your kind is not welcomed back in bushwick

CHRISSY-46: 21st Aug 2008 - 02:54 GMT

what a cool site. I can't even believe I found people that came from my childhood, teenage, neighborhood. I grew up on Melrose St. between Knickerbock and Wilson in the early 50's. Went to P.S. 53 and 162. Remember all the wonderful times, fun and family events we had right on our own street. The knish man would come around/ does anyone remember? The half moon ride with the owner Tony? We had a man coming by sharpening kitchen knives and scissors? Caruso Pharmacy, St. Leonards, Pat's Pizzeria on Wilson across from JHS111. Hey how about Ampollos' Grocery store and Mr. Presti on Wilson between Melrose and George St.? How about Willies Candy Store on Wilson? Oh gosh were they good times.

Yes I remember Joey Mistretta. I went to school with his sister and we were very close. That was an awful time for all of us. What a horrible accident and terrible way to die. Poor kid!!!

How about Cypress Pool???? That only recently closed after many years it became a private pool club. Now I think there are residential bldgs.

I am not comfortable goind to the old neighborhood anymore but when I am there and walk a block or so, I see it in my mind the way it was back then; not the reality of what it is like today and that could be dangerous.

Anyway, more on little doggies. Don't look back. Those memories are wonderful and where they are supposed to say are in our minds and hearts forever and for me; Bushwick will always be called a home for me. The Bushwick of yesteryear of course!

Sara: 22nd Aug 2008 - 13:31 GMT

Anyone familiar with Bushwick Ave., close to the Halsey St stop? Safe or to be avoided?

anon ( 22nd Aug 2008 - 14:37 GMT

Anyboby live on Arion in you remember a McNally family???????????????

Frankie Five Angels: 26th Aug 2008 - 20:30 GMT

My nana lived at 154 Wilson Avenue until 1970...belonged to St. Joseph Patron and lived next door to Bonsignore Funeral Home..which is now a church. I have very fond memories of LaRossa bakery, Giangrasso's and Circo's ( still there)..anyone know the Adamo's, Iavvarone's, Scaturro' parents friends and very successful families now....what a great place to live !

Antoine Whitfield: 30th Aug 2008 - 17:15 GMT

crystal, i too used to hang out at the gameroom on wilson ave back in the day. I lived at 638 wilson down from the train station. wilson ave was the place to be and everybody who was somebody hungout there. If you down holla at me maybe our paths have crossed somewhere?

Bill Diggins: 7th Sep 2008 - 23:27 GMT

i grew up at 77 granite street. off bushwick ave. pilling and chauncey and halsey streets nearby..dead end street that led to the bing belly hill over the tracks near aberdeen park. railroad boys??? brother harry and sisters adelyn and rosemarie. georgie walsh...paulie richie went to our lady of lourdes near desales pl. anyone remember form the 50s and 60s...gang fights? lol im at say hello....

anon ( 11th Sep 2008 - 05:31 GMT

Moving to Hancock off the J Halsey stop...what's it like there?

anon ( 12th Sep 2008 - 19:49 GMT

Dear moving to hancock,
Where are you moving from? Why Hancock and Halsey? Is Hancock low rent and easy transportaion?

wyoming native: 13th Sep 2008 - 21:34 GMT

Still looking for any and all photos of 1920 Grove Street. Old (circa 1938) or newer would be great! email

JP1515JeffersonAve: 15th Sep 2008 - 17:06 GMT

I find it amazing that so many have so many different views yet we all have a common thread...the Love of our hood. I grew up in Bushwick back in the 70's through the 90's. From Jefferson Ave & Wyckoff, Stockholm & Wyckoff, Norman & Wyckoff and lastly Menahan and St. Nick before getting married and moving to Glendale. I found this site by chance after talking to some of my co-workers about the "good ole days". We were talking about the street games we all played as kids. Stoopball, Punchball, Kick the Can, Stickball, Ringolevio. So I got home and started surfing. I found some sights about street games. I found Lil Dave from Lil Dave Rockers on Youtube. Sites about Rocking, Apache and Rubberband Man and then I found this one. Well I read some stuff, positive, negative, and some of it true but I still love Bushwick Brooklyn. I went to St. Martins now St. Elizabeth. I grew up on Jefferson Ave with characters like Spunky, Mono (pronounced Mon-yo), Chino, Lefty was my cousin. Felix, Pablo, Angel and their sisters; JB, Robbie, Markie, Michael, Eric, Crazy Tony, Cho-co-la-te, Spidey (Jose he use to go out with Wanda whose sister Marible was fine, she probably still is. Lil Dave cousins Louie (Joe Rock Head), Daisy, Yvonne damn I can't remember anymore right now. Our block was fun even though it was tuff at times to fit right in. We had block parties, a "johnny pump" right on the corner so we could get the bus running on Wyckoff. We had bread dough fights, pea shooter fights, played ball on tracks that ran across the middle of the block. Jumped the roofs, went to battles at Sister Betty's place on Cornellia and Irving. Played stickball in 600, softball in Hylan Park, some guys even swam in the reservoir at Hylan Park. Despite all of the hardships and obstacles of growing up poor, latino, and sometimes with just one parent, I have wonderful memories of rowing up in "Bushwick". One Love.

Gemini: 19th Sep 2008 - 15:07 GMT

I have lived in Bushwick for most of my life. I have lived on my street for 34 yrs. Bushwick is like any other neighborhood it has it's ups and downs. I referred to it as living in the better half of the Ghetto.

We have the best block Party's and the Block elders and all parents look out for the little ones. The hardest part about living on the block for so long is when the older people pass on you are left feeling as though you lost a family member.

We have A Progressive Block Association and I am one of the original Weirfield Street kids. My children are second generation my new grandson made third. We still have fruit trees in our backyards. I have an apple and a boisenberry tree, wild rose bushes and violets that just sprung up from nowhere about ten years ago. My neighbors have cherry and peach. It's quiet at night and in the summer people Bar-B-Que and sit on their steps at all hours. These homes are two family private houses. Working and retired residents. We've recently had a Village Rock Band move in on the corner...they're loud but pretty cool they also do Tatoos. LOL!

To the woman that said its awful and Ghetto Fabulous.... living on Troutman would be just that. Troutman and every block after that has the highest population of Puerto Ricans that can't help but spray graffetti all over the place. So to say Bushwick is Ghetto is wrong its what the people in the area make it. (I have nothing against Puerto Ricans but that's just how it is in that direction of Bushwick).

I always say when I die I want to be creamated me and sprinkle my ashes on Weirfield Street on the day of the Block Party or sprinkle me in my front yard. Bushwick is affordable to most and the transportion is the best J, Z, L trains 26 bus that transfers to every line and the Jackie Robinson highway straigt up Bushwick Ave and the Williamsburg Bridge up Broadway. It just don't get any easier than that. Check it out. I welcome you.

Gemini: 19th Sep 2008 - 15:21 GMT

JP1515JeffersonAve you forgot the Scelly court. the kids just drew one on our street. They have the numbers in the wrong places but we have one. LOL.

wyoming native: 20th Sep 2008 - 23:45 GMT

Gemini: How close are you to Grove Street? 1920 to be exact?

fran z: 22nd Sep 2008 - 13:15 GMT

i lived on starr st between knick and wilson avefrom 1954 until 1995 miss that pretzel factory

wyoming native: 22nd Sep 2008 - 21:04 GMT

fran z: Do you ever remember going to Grove St.? My Mom lived there with her Aunt and Uncle for a couple of months after coming to America from Yugoslavia. I would like to have pix of anything from Grove St. to show her. She was only 11 at the time, and remembers a St. Aloysius School across the street from their house? They lived at 1920 Grove Street. Anything, old or more recent would really be appreciated!

arty lady: 23rd Sep 2008 - 02:37 GMT

Planning on renting an artist loft in Bushwick in one of the large loft buildings on Siegel st. I'm a woman of color and will be taking the L train. Don't really know Brooklyn well. The loft is cheap and I need to work. Can someone tell me if it;s safe for a woman to be working in that neighborhood- i.e. do i have to fear I can get mugged or raped on the streets in broad daylight or in the subway at the Bushwick end??

Gonebutnot forgotten: 23rd Sep 2008 - 18:27 GMT

Grew up on Montrose Avenue across from Most Holy Trinity Church. What a beautiful church. Always reminded me of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Had cousins who went to school there and remember walking to Grand Street for food, clothes and shoe shopping. The A&P was the only large grocery store. Bakeries and pizza on every corner. Took the train to Manhattan to work and buried my parents in Most Holy Trinity Cemetery and would say a prayer every evening as the train rose out of the tunnel and I could look over into the cemetery and see my parents grave.

Bless all who grew up in Bushwick.

Frankie Five Angels: 25th Sep 2008 - 17:49 GMT

Hey Sicilian Brookly Gal,

Did you know any of the Iavaronne's, Livoti's, Adamo's, Jesse Speciale Florist....all there and in St' Jo Patron during the 50's and 60's...

Angela Bentley: 13th Oct 2008 - 13:27 GMT

Hi everyone I asked this question before didn't get a response but I grew up all over brooklyn, last years in the city I grew up in ridgewood area Palmetto ave, gates ave and onondonk ave. I had family that lived on wyckoff ave over the drug store on the corner from the hospital. Does anyone remember the McNeil family. Colleen and Louie with their daughters Georgette etc. Anyone remember the Vitale family, tony and matthew and their neice and nephew maria and ray ray. How about the fisher family Kathleen, maryjane and Robert. If anyone knows these family please let me know. I loved gates ave and palmetto ave you can sit on your front stairs for hours just watching everyone. that was the thing to do. Let me know whats up.

Bea K.: 14th Oct 2008 - 04:41 GMT

Just goes to prove there's good and bad 'no matter where we live' and that includes Bushwick. For those who've moved on to "safer areas" (whatever that constitutes these days, as I most certainly 'don't' look for safety in a place, or even a person because there's NONE to be found no matter how 'safe' we 'think' we are.), then that's how your life was meant to be because look at the folks who've also moved to "safe areas" (cities, towns, countries, etc.) only to find out after disaster strikes,"I never thought it could happen here or to us" as the famous saying goes. We're, the world as a whole, living in some of the most dangerous and treacherous times we've seen yet, and truthfully I don't see things going to get any better from here (terrorists, bombings, almost every nightmare that we can imagine coming to life right before our very eyes.).
Not being pessimistic, just telling it like it is, even for those who don't agree. "Safety" and peace of mind come not from a 'place', or even a person, but from someone that mankind has denied since the beginning of time.

JP1515JeffersonAve: 19th Oct 2008 - 22:48 GMT

Gemini...Did you or any of your fam orfriends go to St. Martin/St. Elizabeth?
Do any of the Diaz Fam still live there? Is Father Hoffmann still with the parish? I went to school there from 1974 - 1982.

Brodidly AB: 5th Nov 2008 - 16:40 GMT

Bushwick!! What can I say? It can be an interesting place to live in and it can be a nightmare. To all those who are contemplating moving to Bushwick, on the serious tip you should do your research. As a late 60's child born and bred in bushwick at a young age I realized that I was in the midst of an ever changing community. I still have fond memories of the " Johnny-on-the pony-games', TAG, Co CO livio, 2- hand touch, stick ball, fastpitch, climbing the schoolbuildings of P.S. 151, the roller skating disco on Wycoff and Myrtle and oh buddy.. the Block parties... who could ever forget? But someting happened in the mid to late 70's on through the mid 80's...CRACK, APATHY, Wanna- Be "Scarfaces" and "Nino Browns" basically took Bushwick down a murderous and ugly path from which it is still barely trying to recover. The Bushwick of 25-30 years ago had more home ownership, business oriented people, (both Black, Puerto Rican, White, etc) . The sons and daughter's of the "ME ME ME' generation had sons and daughters of their own who basically disowned the search of self determination and fell into lust of " I am gonna get mines" and it is " all about me". What is the result? This has taken Bushwick into a 3rd world welfare state, where drugs still run rampant, kids cuss and swear like adults, you can hear the word Nigger used more often than in the south and moreso by people who are NOT white. Out of Wedlock kids is the norm, multiple baby daddys and multiple baby- momma drma are the relationship norms. You might ask me why I still go back after painting such a bleak picture? It is because of those "diamonds-in-the rough" those diehard Brooklynites,and Bushwick-folk that have never forgotten what community is and what a neighborhood is. These are the people that despite everything that has attempted to blight this section of Brooklyn, they have perservered and managed to raise their children to become productive citizens and good people who understand poverty, who understand the "ghetto-life". People do not understand how Bushwick can be a ghetto or in the midst of Poverty if you look solely at the real estate market. It is all about the people . It the people where you live ain't about "sh$$%t"... then basically they represent the neighborhood in which you live... ( don't care about how much the houses cost). Do you know how many half a million dollar homes in Bushwick are not worth 1/10th the cost that they are selling it due to the sacrifices that you would have to make? It would astound you. I will offer some Tips for anyone contemplating moving to Bushwick.

1. If you do not like Blacks, Puerto Ricans or Caribbean people- do not move here.
2. I would advise brushing up on some Spanish. It will definitely aid in your adjustment.
3. Before getting a home, check out the neighborhood thoroughly.
4. Look at the homes around summertime...mainly July -August. You will get the real feel of how many people you will be living next to. ( mainly because that is when you will see the different festivals, carnivals, activities, block parties and etc) If you can deal with that .. then you will be fine.
5. If you are the quiet type..look into lofts near the subway or apartment buildings near senior citizen homes or libraries..(most people will not loiter around there and will be constantly moving") Also stay away from Junior High and High Schools. That is a magnet for noise.
6. If noise does not bother you, then you will have greater options.
7.If you have children, I advise you to seriously consider access to extracurricular activities , ie Boys / Girls Club, Church, Sports, hobbies..something to keep them off the streets. Belive me...they will live a lot longer.
8.Finally .. the streets can read a person. If you are a hateful person , people will pick that up immediately, if you are someone who minds your business and is about something you just might be able to improve your immediate surroundings and possible your neighborhood. Take it from a person who grew up in Bushwick Brooklyn, got out before I hated it.. and came back to appreciate it. PEACE to ALL

Brodidly - Bushwick 4 Ever

Santana: 6th Nov 2008 - 15:13 GMT

Advice to all people curious about life in Bushwick. I spent 20 years of my lifes in bushwick. Left NY as a whole for 7 years to see what the world had to offer me. Since then have been to 17 countries and moved to three different states. Why is it after all this traveling and moving around the only place that does it for me is Bushwick and East Williamsburg. Now you ask if it is the shit? Hells yeah it is!!!

Santana: 6th Nov 2008 - 15:24 GMT

Brodidly AB and all the rest of you who got to live in Bushwick during the 60s and 70s are so lucky. Those were the years when "minorities" took over and made Bushwick what it is today. I was lucky enough to see the 80s and 90s. Still lucky enough to have seen change. I grew up on Menahan Street and Bushwick Ave. During the 80s and 90s that was one of the baddest streets in a two mile radius. So to see the neighborhood transform from Hood to almost unaffordable is by far the best thing anyone can ever see. Shows progress in the community. And big shout out to Diana Reyna the first women of Dominican-American descent to be elected as a New York City public office and still the counsil member of the 34th district. Which includes Bushwick as one of them. She is a major reason why there is more housing for low-income housing and more communities and activities in the neighborhood.

vanessa: 2nd Dec 2008 - 18:55 GMT

uugghhh @ Putnam btw Bushwick/Broadway... wonderful apartment...crackwhore Neptune Hotel on the corner, not so nice.

Jose: 6th Dec 2008 - 05:36 GMT

Hey I grew up in Bushwick. On Knickerbocker and Decatur. I moved to New england around 13 years ago. I miss playing dominoes in fron of the house and all the spanish music playing. WHen I was young we also had many block parties. You don't see that in new england. I use to visit alot when my mother lived there. But since she passed I in 2000 I really do not go there much. I loved Bushwick.

Janet: 7th Dec 2008: 7th Dec 2008 - 22:34 GMT

Hi. I grew up in Williamsburg on south 8th street. I loved it at that time had great friends there. I wonder how and what ever happen to them where they are today. From south 8th st moved to Stockholm & Central Ave in 1962 live in Phoenix now. It's always good to talk and hear from people of Brooklyn.

Nick Snewf: 8th Dec 2008 - 01:46 GMT

I live on the corner of Bushwick and Granite in the Biko Transformation Center. My only complaint about living in Far East Bushwick is the lack of a neighborhood bar (that is licensed and which I am welcome in) and the limited food in the neighborhood - but I remedy all of that by cooking and drinking at home and saving lots of money. Bushwick is a rich (in spirit) and vibrant area filled with Caribbean charms. I recommend it to anyone but when you bring your gentrification bring your rent control with you otherwise you'll be taking homes away from the current residents of the 'Shwick.

100% puerto rikan : 14th Dec 2008 - 22:37 GMT

What's good bushwick we had some good days murda moore what's poppin that's the block right there ya digg just wanna say what's good too all my niggasz out there 1 ...

JoseFromIrving: 15th Dec 2008 - 15:49 GMT

I was born and raised in Brooklyn during the 70's, 80's and 90's. I lived on Irving Avenue between Suydam and Hart St. I left in 1992 and moved "upstate" and I must tell you it was one of the best things I ever did in my life. Although Bushwick teaches you things, they are not necessarily good ones. I went to PS 123 (Mrs. Kriss's class) and JHS 162 (SP class 1985). During the 70's the neighborhood was mostly made up of Italians and everything had a sense of order, until they started to leave. Yes at that time the mob ran most of the neighborhood, but.... there was order. After the Italians left the area, the neighborhood became infested with crack dealers and heroin junkies. Living there through the mid 80's and 90's was rough and I would not wish it on anyone. Yes, the neighborhood made me a bit wiser but at what expense? My parents still live there and I visit them once a month. Every time I get there I quickly remember why I left. It's crowded, you can't park anywhere, people are rude, car alarms keep going off.. why bother. I am glad to see that they finally turned those old factories into "loft" apartments and hopefully get a bit more diversity in that neighborhood, it gets old seeing the same thing block to block. They don't even have any more italian coffee places anymore.. what a shame. I suggest that if you do have kids you do not move there. The schools are horrific and do not prepare you at all, overall it's a depressing place. Hey, you get what you pay for. Do yourself a favor and move an hour or so north and you will be glad you did.

Story: 17th Dec 2008 - 19:49 GMT

Hi, I am an artist living in Hackney, London in the United Kingdom. Me and a friend are looking to spend 3 months in New York next year doing the galleries and looking into artist residencies. She told me she has heard Greenpoint is a great place and the best artist community in New York. I've been told Bushwick is the place I should be looking for a flat to let as its affordable and has a great artist community. We are looking to network, does anyone know what I should go for? Is Greenpoint part of Williamsburgh? I've been in Hackney for 10 years and even though everyone thinks its dodgy it is an amazing and creative community with the highest concentration of artists in Europe. My road is nicknamed "Murder Mile" but I have never been mugged or as much as been talken to badly. I understand the mispresentation of neighbourhoods as my neighbourhoods gets it all the time, so a bit of grittiness doesnt bother me. I am looking for a vibrant area but not overly gentrified.

Story: 17th Dec 2008 - 19:54 GMT

I also have to say that the wikipedia entry about Bushwick is the most discouraging ever. Is any of this true?

no 1: 19th Dec 2008 - 23:14 GMT

100% puerto rikan : 14th Dec 2008 - 22:37 GMT
What's good bushwick we had some good days murda moore what's poppin that's the block right there ya digg just wanna say what's good too all my niggasz out there 1 ...

This is why yourt type of people are getting priced out of bushwick

John Dereszewski: 21st Dec 2008 - 14:48 GMT

Story, I think the Wikipedia picture of Bushwick is dated and far too pessimistic. While still pretty gritty, Bushwick has become a far more solid community over the past decade and boasts a growing and very creative artistic community. It's certainly worth exploring.

One site that you should check out is It provides a tremendous amount of information - and a vibrant commentary - about this community from the prospective of both newer and more established residents.

You probably should also Google "Bushwick" and "Arts" to get a better glimpse of the current scene.

Hope you make it to the 'wick!

Melissa: 23rd Dec 2008 - 15:52 GMT

I'm a single female living in Bushwick. All the bad descriptions of the area may seem daunting (like the history of Maria Hernandez park or Knickerbocker ave), but honestly the place is a gem. Lots of families and working people, no projects or slums. The only people who may seem dangerous are the crackheads at 2am or the little wannabe gangsta's riding on their BMX's whistling at teenage girls.

Plus, my apartment is beautiful, and my building has never been broken into. No rats or roaches. The train stations are clean and reliable. I cannot say enough good things about Bushwick!

Melissa: 23rd Dec 2008 - 16:04 GMT

ps. Learn Spanish. A little politeness goes a long way.


The fuckin man: 23rd Dec 2008 - 23:13 GMT

learn spanish,melissa surely you shit!!!!!!!!!!

noa: 24th Dec 2008 - 20:59 GMT

Ahhh Bushwick, I love it there. my friend lives in a place where rent'd be 250/month if we shared a room together.
How easy is it to get a job in NYC? I been trying to find employment for months, but to no avail. If I could work in NYC, then i could contribute to citynoise on a regular basis :) someone gave me a camera while i visited, thus i am inspired.

dreamsbushwick: 13th Jan 2009 - 18:46 GMT

wow some people are so isnt safe anywhere right now you could be in the most whitest or richest place in ny and anything can happened of course you have to be careful everywhere you go not just bushwick ive lived in bushwick my entire life and i mean its not the best looking place but ive never had a problem yea there are gangs and fights ans shoot outs but umm turn the news on you see that everywhere you dont see bushwick in the news everyday..if you can find any apartment/loft/condo for cheap in bushwick buy it rent it or whatever because bushwick is changing more and more "white" people are moving in you see better people now in the streets and it seriously if you dont feel safe in bushwick you should not feel safe anywhere else because i believe anything can happen anywhere you the L train takes you into the city where you can transfer basically to every other train out in ny..also bedford is like 5mins away which has cool restuarants and stores soho is like 30mins on the not going to lie and say its a great best place to live at but its an okay place to live at if you want to say out of trouble then thats on you live your life and mind your business and do what you got to do!!! by the way ridgewood is the same shit as bushwick same streets same people same everything...

remember: 22nd Jan 2009 - 23:53 GMT

does anybody remember Dr. Pelicane or dr's Klein or Viviani

Luis: 26th Jan 2009 - 04:10 GMT

I lived in Bushwick for 20 years,and I have to say it was the best years of my life. I moved out of NY about 16 years ago, but I go back home at least 5 to 10 times a year. Its crazy to see the changes, but change is good. I attended P.S.377, P.S,116, I.S. 291, and last but not least Bushwick H.S. Shit was nuts back then, I'm talking 80-93 when I was out there running around acting dumb. Back then I felt like I was just a product of my environment, but as you get older you realize that we make our own choices. Heroin and Crack were rampant back then, I remember seeing lines of junkies in Putnam Park. I'm not saying it isn't now, but it was much more noticeable back then. I remember 3 weed gates on my block alone Madison between Knickerbocker and wilson. I can go on and on, I still have relatives and friends that are still living in Bushwick. My point is that BUSHWICK has changed drastically.

latino in the south: 19th Feb 2009 - 18:33 GMT

hey is that picture up on top from Melrose street. If it is I used to live right across from it many years ago when it was still a factory.Wow i didnt grow up in brooklyn but my lady lived there and i lived there part time and downtown most of the time ( Carroll Gardens).Smith street...that neighborhood rocks. I miss it but now im retired in my 40s and in the dirty south. I love it here.God Bless Brooklyn !!!!!

gailbushwick 21st feb 2009: 23rd Feb 2009 - 05:48 GMT

well well well bushwick lets see .i lived there for 26 years i just moved out 2 months ago to redhook but i keep going back while i was there i raised 3 kids on my own i did see changes .but like all places nothing stays the same.yes there was alot of drugs and alot of crime .from time to time .but all things change when i moved there i was on himrod street and knickerbocker ave .i paid 250.00 in rent now the rents are 1,800.00 on the same block .for the same crappy apts .i think that all the smart people came into bushwick and thats when the rents went up.since it is only 10 min to the city.but i was reading earlier on here and it said something about teenage girls pregant and alot of crack and drugs.but this was not the only place that messed up things happen at.and that alot of the prison population is from bushwick.oh please theres people from all prison.. life is what you make it and some people just make wrong choices.and there all NOT from bushwick its just like any other place you have some good and you have some bad.thats what make up our neighoods.,,my 25 year old son has a saying and that is how i will sum this up. IT IS WHAT IT IS . ......................

Thinker: 28th Feb 2009 - 00:39 GMT

The time is here Bushwick near the L train is becoming unaffordable

Thinker: 28th Feb 2009 - 00:39 GMT

The time is here, Bushwick near the L train is becoming unaffordable

Kriestine Mangel: 4th Mar 2009 - 01:45 GMT

to JP1515JeffersonAve
after reading your post I felt as if I could've written it. You described my childhood almost to the t. I lived on Halsey between Irving and Knickerbocker from 1964-1980. I also went to St. Martin/St. Elizabeth Seton school from 1974-1976 but went to St. Martin church from 1964-1980. Before that I went to ps 151 and afterwards to RFK which was a special program housed in St. Brigid's on Grove St. the things you describe like the bread dough fights...truly a unique experience to Bushwick. cocolivio, rck, skellyz, stoopball. and the nicknames, we had chuleta, chema, flea, airport, ham, boomer. priceless. I have so many fond memories.

i love reading people's comments and am pleased to see that in the midst of all the hype regarding crime, there are intelligent open-minded people who see Bushwick for what it is...a diverse community with lots of history. We can either Embrace the diversity and enrich our lives with all the positive things different people have to offer or complain about things that are different than you're used to and be miserable. Easy choice. I live in Orlando FL now, and don't get me wrong, Orlando is great, but as many have commented, people are fooled into believing that any one place is "safer" than another. The powers that be who have investments to protect (ie. tourism or any other big industry for that matter) do what has to be done so that a safe image is projected.

Based on what I'm reading Bushwick is the new hub for artists. Cool. when it starts commanding high rents and attracting those "powers that be", it too will "be safer" because that's what they'll want people to see.

after all that's been said, I consider myself fortunate and blessed to have been raised in Bushwick and to have that sense of community as part of my foundation. I'm willing to bet many feel the same.

allaboutharry: 18th Mar 2009 - 22:08 GMT

Looking for people who grew up in the Bushwick district of north-east Brooklyn in the mid to late 1940's and early 1950's. Doing research for a book on Harry Nilsson who lived at 762 Jefferson Ave. from 1941 to 1952.
I would appreciate background information about the way of life, quality of life, entertainment scene, and any reminiscences, if you came in contact with him. If you would like to participate in an exchange of information via email, please contact me at the following email address: allthingsharry@gmail.
Thank you,

upfromflames: 18th Mar 2009 - 22:15 GMT

From a Bushwick historian, let me suggest you check out Bushwick Buddies.

Thats a site for older former residents from the time you are interested in.
good luck.

Dave: 2nd Apr 2009 - 19:29 GMT

I work for a military museum and we were donated a WWII uniform and also in the duffel bag was an old Bushwick baseball uniform which appears to be from the same time period. It has a patch on the shoulder of an Indian Cheif. Could anyone give us some information on this uniform?

John Dereszewski: 12th Apr 2009 - 03:32 GMT

The baseball uniform in question is probably that worn by the "Bushwicks", an independent Minor League team. The Bushwicks played their games just beyond the Queens boundary, north of Jamaica Ave. Housing now occupies the site, though the good folks at the Woodhaven Historical Association have placed a plaque commenorating the old ballpark and the Bushwicks.

The Bushwicks were a very "major" minor league team, and played many exhibition games against such immortals as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. They also developed a number of future Major Leaguers. One who comes to mind is Eddie Yost, the famous "Walking Man" who played for the Senators and the Tigers over a long and distinguished career. He played for the Bushwicks in the late 1940's/early 1950's, when the team was just about to fold.

The one thing I do not know is why the team was called the Bushwicks? As far as I know, they did not play in their "host" community. If anyone has more information to share on this, I would love to here about it.

annette: 14th Apr 2009 - 22:57 GMT

I lived in Bushwick from 1961 until 1976. My friends and I played outside all day. growing up in Bushwicks makes me appreciate all that i have. I remember hanging out on the stoop, playing stoop ball, hit the stick, skellzy, hopscotch, red light green light, Mary's candy store(she made the best malteds- egg creams- and had the best penny candy- she also sold spaldines, tops, yo yos) on summer evenings the grown up would bring out their beach chairs and hang out. Everyone knew everybodies kids-so had better behaved! We had an italian bread store(they made focaccia although i called it pizza and you bought it by the square- what a treat) on the block as well as an italian grocery. i have some great memories. i think i had more fun growing up with less than my kids had growing up with excess- i know our generation wanted to give our children-stuff-stuff we never had. i tell stories of growing up in the ghetto-my children laugh! i remember shopping on Knickerbocker ave-Myrtle ave. we did alot of walking. St Brgids was 8 blocks from my house. I remember going to 45 Harmon to get a summer youth job- scary- i waited in crowd for 8 hrs. But it was so exciting to get a paycheck 1.35 an hour. Great memories i wouldn't change for the world!!!!!!!

Peter: 16th Apr 2009 - 00:40 GMT

some factual crime-statistics from the precinct () are available here...

Frankie 5 Angels: 20th Apr 2009 - 20:55 GMT

Hey remember:..I still go to Dr. Viviani,..the dentist!

Progrock71: 23rd Apr 2009 - 02:25 GMT

Lived in Bushwick from 1975 to 1992 and I have to say it wasn't as bad as some people make it out to be BUT it depended on which part you were in since it is indeed a very large neighborhood. I lived in Hart street between Central & WIlson avenue and also in Willoughby between Suydam and WYckoff.

Hart street was actually ok. Most of the families on my street knew each other, the kids could stay out all day playing unattended and nothing much ever happened. There was a mix of blue collar & poor, renters and homeowners, it wasn't all "ghetto land". Of course, walk just two blocks past Central, towards Bushwick Avenue and it got pretty scary very quick. Same thing if you walked up towards Jefferson/Troutman by JHS 111, ESPECIALLY in the mid to late 80s with all the crack dealers and thugs.

It was a strange neighborhood - you'd find a nice well kept street and then in the next block find a few abandoned/burned buildings, garbage everywhere, hoodlums hanging out (expecially towards Bushwick High, at the end of Knickerbocker).

Even Knickerbocker Park (what we called it then even though it was officially "Bushwick Park" and now Maria Hernandez Park) had 2 sides to it. I would hardly ever go to the side over by Starr Street because it was usually dangerous especially the corner by what is now I believe and Associated supermarket (was A & P back in the day) but the opposite side was relatively safe and me and my mom would walk home many late nights in the summer coming from my sister's without problem. There would be usually be people out on the stoops, old ladies gossiping, just hanging out enjoying the night air and being friendly and waving hello.

And walking just 2 blocks on Willoughby past Wyckoff and you were in a quiet almost suburb like area with large 2 family houses w/garages - this was nearer to Maspeth (towards Grover Cleveland), probably the borderline but you were still in Bushwick.

Not saying it was an oasis or paradise, but the neighborhood was definitely not East New York, Bed Stuy or Park Slope back in the day (of course Park Slope today is more like Soho, heh). It had its share of rough and decent and I myself have a lot of both good and crazy childhood memories. And I kind of saw both sides, having gone to I.S. 383 (Philipa Schuyler) which was a specialized junior high for "smart kids" while occasionally cutting to hang out with some of the rougher element from JHS 162 & 111. (And it was the same in H.S. - went to Brooklyn Tech but also hung out with my boys from Bushwick and other schools - anyone remember Eastern District?)

Eventually I moved out to Maspeth (not too far) then to Astoria and discovered this blog here which is bringing back a whole lot of memories!

Frankie 5 Angels: 1st May 2009 - 19:21 GMT

Hey Progrock71,

My mom came from sicily in 1920 and her father bought one of those white limestone apartment buildings next to the park on Starr....they used to polish the brass handrails every saturday. Those were the days!...glad to hear you have some recent fond memories..and I agree, there are spots that are still very livable....

viviani: 17th May 2009 - 22:53 GMT

ask him if his father/grandfather was a general practitioner, office was near myrtle & hart

Linda: 20th May 2009 - 16:27 GMT

Oh my gosh, I used to get Pretzels every Sunday after church (piping hot actually coming off the rollers) at the Pretezel Factory. I will never forget that.

elaine r.: 27th May 2009 - 05:19 GMT

this is to annette:
I grew up on wilson ave.('71 ) and moved out in 2004. I believe the bakery you're talking about was my dad's, Giangrasso bakery. Yes, the sicilian square pizzas were the best thing you'll ever get. They were what we had at my school for parties. (I went to St. Francis on Suydam) It was operating until he sold the building in may 2004 and has since passed in 2007.

In reading some of these entries, i have bittersweet memories of growing up there. At times it was very scary because when it was bad it was bad. I'm very happy living in the burbs now, but do have to admit I still drive by like once a year to get some pizza from Tony's and get a glimpse of our building. It seems like another world to me now!!

elaine r.: 27th May 2009 - 06:32 GMT

hey frankie 5 angels, any chance your mom's nickname was kitty?
my dad is Dominick Giangrasso.

Frankie 5 Angels: 28th May 2009 - 19:07 GMT


No not Kitty...but, I do remember Giangrasso's ( which i thought was still there)..also, Valencia on the corner of Hart and Wilson and LaRossa for pizza dough...the St. Joe's feasts were also wonderful....great times Elaine..



Frankie 5 Angels: 28th May 2009 - 19:16 GMT

Hey Viviani,

I also used Dr. DeVita ( foot doctor) and Dr, Gerraputo ( dentist)....the guy had a drill he used to pump with his foot!!!....

stine: 2nd Jun 2009 - 17:52 GMT

I love this site! What a great place to get insight on Bushwick.

We are looking at a place on Menahan and Wyckoff, but are not familiar with this part of Bushwick. Do anyone know this particular area and would like to share some of their knowledge? Anything would be much appreciated!

Thanks, and hope to be your neighbor soon.

Teresa G: 10th Jun 2009 - 22:16 GMT

Gee, I never thought I would find a site that would keep me at a computer until my ass became like DEAD. The best was when someone mentioned Palermos bakery. Actually it was Palermo and Canepa. It was my grandmothers sister who owned it. I left Bushwick in the mid forties. Last place I lived was Greene and Wilson. My folks had a six family there. Brandas grocery was on the corner. I can't forget those different from some postings. Loved reading them tho. Keep them coming and would love to hear from anyone who would be my generation or younger to reminesce with.

Teresa G: 12th Jun 2009 - 17:26 GMT

updating on last address in bushwick was 1263 Greene Ave at the corner of Wilson...before that 1501 Dekalb Ave between knickerbocker and any of you Bushwick High attendees know of the Bonura brothers Peter and Frank. ..they lived across the street from me on Dekalb....would love some input! Thanks

Frankie 5 Angels: 16th Jun 2009 - 19:36 GMT

Elaine r....dont you mean St. Joseph Patron on Suydam?

Me: 20th Jun 2009 - 03:33 GMT

Reading some of the posts have brought back many memories. I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Ridgewood queens..Putnam and Myrtle. I spent alot of time at the movie theater on Myrtle (I forgot the name of it)..I bought my jeans at #1 Jeans right next to the Chinese take out place.

I live in Florida now..Been here since 1990 when I graduated from Franklin K. lane H.S. which I heard is really bad now. Its a shame. I also went to J.H.S.93 the annex and the main building..I think they changed the name of those schools now. I was trying to find some pics of the J.H.S if anyone has any ideas I would appreciate it.

Debbie: 22nd Jun 2009 - 16:38 GMT

To Frankie 5 Angels...actually the School changed its name from St. Joseph Patron to St. Francis Cabrini in Sept 1975. The church is still St. Joseph Patron. Growing up in Bushwick was great. Those are memories you can't forget. They make us who we are today whether we still live there or have moved away.

NayNay: 28th Jun 2009 - 20:38 GMT

Bushwick like any other neighborhood has its ups and downs. All that depends on what kind of crew you like to mingle with. I lived in Williamsburg for 13 years of my life. I lived on Grattan st. between Bogart and Morgan Ave. I have been living in Bushwick for 23 years now. I also work in Bushwick. I refuse to leave our children of tomorrow struggling and standing alone. In life you have to have a little bit of love, hope and faith and together all is possible. Crime is everywhere. Thugs go to the greatest neighborhoods to vandalize and steal. I live on Dekalb btwn Wykcoff & Irving. I have been there for 20 years. No issues. People come out for a little while to mingle and back into their homes. It is very family oriented. People on the block have been there just about a lifetime. We have a diverse group of ethnicity in the neighborhood. I must say for the most part everyone is respectful. Life is what you make of it where ever you go. In life we are going to be influenced, whether its good or bad we will be affected. It is up to us to choose our paths. You can only hope that your children walk out that door with the morals and values that you have instilled in them. Is tough in the streets regardless where you go. Creeps are all over the world. Bushwick has had a wonderful facelift. I happen to enjoy working with the kids from Bushwick, I can relate. I hate when people who are middle class, from Long Island or Staten Island want to dictate to our kids like "Why you misbehaving". The reality of it is that they are being obligated to become adults. You have a single mom providing for a family of 4-5 kids, juggling work and school, or simply 2 jobs. No time for the kids to be kids. Times is really hard. So before you stop a kid and think about their behavior, think of yourself as an adult who can't handle half the sh*t on your plate. So who needs to grow up?

DON S.: 14th Jul 2009 - 00:06 GMT

I was born at 263 Central Ave. That's between Greene and Harmon Streets. It was a time when there were no robberies or muggings. It was a time before the great escape. We could sleep on the fire escape in summer. If we left the car door unlocked, the car was still there in the morning. Eveyone knew one another. Knickerbocker was filled with mothers pushing baby carriges, shopping, or just to meet friends and shoot the breeze. Believe it or not, Bushwick was a safe area in the 1950's and 60's. One could walk to Bargaintown on Gates and Broadway in the evening without fear. I remember Norman from the Boys and Men's shop on Knickerbocker fitting us all with our St Barbara's uniforms. It was a sweet time, a time that will never happen again. Even though I am a Politically Incorrect person and proud of it, one would only have to think realistically about why Bushwick fell. I don't have to say more.

billy: 24th Jul 2009 - 05:46 GMT

kb-28 jun,2007

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Angela Bentley: 30th Jul 2009 - 17:42 GMT

Ok its been a while for me to haven't been on for a while....since there are some new names on the site maybe you can help me out. I lived in the area when I was young back in the 70's we lived on gates ave and onondonk ave I am looking for a couple of people. kathleen Fisher and her sister maryjane fisher who lived on Palmetto street. Also Anthony and Matthew Vitale. I am also looking for a guy named Michael Alessandrini who used to work at St. Barbara's church back in 66 and 67. If anyone knows of these people please let meknow. Thansk

Maggie: 30th Jul 2009 - 21:21 GMT

OMG! This site has brought back so many memories, good and bad but mostly very fond ones. I grew up in Bushwick from the mid to late 70's until early 90's and regardless what some think I am from Bushwick. Even though I moved out I still was around hanging in the area due to family and friends that still lived there. I grew up with my family on Suydam between Wilson and Central right across from St. Joseph Church (which incidently I went back to baptize my daughter at this church in 2003) went to JHS 111 than WB Bryant HS till I got expelled and sent to Eastern District HS. E.stoned bushwick: 2nd May 2008 - 16:31 GMT or Eric Bushwick Tax Crew whatever you call yourself, I know you....we use to hang with the old crew...LG, BeeSki, Tommy, Angel (you said was your cousin) Lisa, Lil Melissa, Lisa Lee she use to date Angel for a bit around the time Angel Lisa and Melly's Mom passed away, than after they left with their Dad, she was messing with BeeSki for a while (she was pretty crazy too) you were dating Cindy at the time both looked like Blanquitos light skin and green eyes. We called you ERock at the time. We had some great times, When I ran away and Lisa too you helped us sneak into your hallway and sleep, shit it was cold out there and you looked out and almost got in trouble with your crazy Mom. I'm not exactly sure which cookie (Nelly) ur talking about but if you post on this site let me know email me at Sorry u were kept from your daughter, but if memory serves me correct perhaps she did it for the best back than you were a bit troublesome back than and didn't have your head on straight I guess that was her way of protecting her, but it would be nice to see u guys get in touch and finally meet each other if that is what she wants. I remember all the local club spots from than Normandie's on Cypress (first club I went to @ 17) it was so drug infested with all the Dominican and PR small time drug dealers coke distributed all over the place, The Banks over by Flushing past the Morgan TRain station, hard for me to refer to Maria hernandez Park when all I have ever known it to be was Knickerbocker park. It was such a cool place to hangout and meet up with your school crushes. It was a tough place to grow up and we had experience the gang and drug violence as some became statistics of the environment some of of chose to surpass that and make it out and do something positive with their lives. I remember the drug infestation on Jefferson and Troutman, Starr Street and Willouby by Wyckoff and St. Nicholas. The Rebel Devils, Koskiosko Boys, than the small timer youngins TOS, HBO and so one. The Block Parties were fun not to mention the House parties....OMG the first one I went to when I attended JHS 111 was on Jefferson between Evergreen and Bushwick (I believe) it was a blast. My first apt. was on corner of Wilson and Willouby.......went to college, had a good job and decided I wanted to get out of the area, had my heart broken at 21 and decided it's time to leave and go elsewhere. A decision I never regretted, went to Elmhurst where I lived for several years loved it! Close to everything even my girls that still lived in Ridgewood, so I still came by to hang. Than left Queens moved to Starrett City and from there left in 2002 when I had my daughter and decided this is it out of here and moved to PA. I love it here, my home is beautiful, my daughter a blessing. I still work in the city and travel back and forth but I don't miss living in Bushwick even though I had some great great memories, that I don't regret. It made me wise and street smart and tough, cause I don't take no shit from anyone and anyone that knew me from the neighborhood knows this of me. I also kept my head straight to succumb to the drugs or as the fellas put it Hoin' (lol) with every Tom Dick or Harry. I also didn't wind up a pregnant teen with no education, or on welfare. I moved out of my intolerable mother's before I was 18 attended LIU with my mom's helping pay my tuition till I decided to work fulltime. Had my own apts. since I was 18, always lived in very nice apts, especially when I lived in Queens, bought my own car, traveled to many countries (for pleasure) had my daughter at 34 so I enjoyed my single life plenty before her and thankfully have been able to accomodate her with the life I have always wanted to give her. But I will say it took living and seeing Bushwick the way it was to be the woman I am today and strive hard for the lifestyle I have wanted for myself and my daughter. I haven't been to Bushwick (well the area I grew up) for a few years, I would say since 2003 or 04. I still visit Williamsburg as one of my closest friends lives in the South Side and I visit her as well as my sis-in-law in Ridgwood and most important my hairstylist also in Ridgwood. Not givin up my Dominicana, they are the best for hair! I'm glad to hear Bushwick is coming along, the people there deserve it, but like someone in the other post indicated the people are what make the place. You want to have a cleaner and brighter future for Bushwick don't wait for the blanquitos to come in and do it for you, you have the power to do it together my fellow Latinos! As my Mom says "Querer es Poder". In other words the power is in you to make it happen. I hope to someday drive by and feel it safe enough to show my daughter where I grew up and where Maggie was made be the tough cookie she is today. I thankfully never had anything happen to me while I lived there, but in all fairness I was from there and they rarely messed with you when they were familiar with you but I have seen some ugliness from murder, to overdoses, to petty theft and burglary even to the racism and brutality of the police dept to the residents in the area. I have also seen a community that came together when one of their children was in need. I know quite a few of us that left the neighborhood and done well for themselves some better than others and the legit way too! lol! Take care my Bushwicknites, and anyone that recognizes me and remembers give me a shout on All the best to you all even the all places you always have to show caution, don't be naive and mind yours. I'm sure you'll be alright.

anon ( 1st Aug 2009 - 19:21 GMT

my daughter is seriously considering a loft apartment at 385 Troutman/Wycliff, she says it is convenient to Jefferson L train. Any comments about safety in this area? She is coming from the midwest.

Peter: 1st Aug 2009 - 21:08 GMT

How about you trust your daughter's judgment rather than going online and second-guessing her?

anthony E (ZOOK): 4th Aug 2009 - 14:50 GMT

i grew up (short time) in bklyn moved out in '66 lived on bushwich ave across from bushwick houses, i remember when wearing converse (sneakers) was the shit! i loved playing stickball,skelly,,cracktops i remember "pops"a little sitdown joint where penny candy was great,, there was also a chocolate syrup place next to our apt (forget the name) where i use to go and buy a bottle of choc syrup lol i will always love "B" town! peace!!

believe it or not: 4th Aug 2009 - 19:17 GMT

my father had a friend who worked there in the 40's (choclate syrup factory) was also called sambo soda. couldn't call it that today

Peter: 5th Aug 2009 - 16:55 GMT

anyone remember Denaro Bakery?

this is what it looks like now:

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Ontop: 22nd Aug 2009 - 21:01 GMT

I've lived i Bushwick all my life. Bushwick has definitely changed for the better. A lot of caucasians are moving into Bushwick so i would say thats a big change. The value on the houses are going up a lot. Im 41 years old I live on Menahan Street and Evergreen. I plan on being here for another 10 more years. I recomend anyone to live in Bushwick. Its only going to change for the better.

Ray: 2nd Sep 2009 - 16:23 GMT

Cornelia & Irving is where i used to live. 80s & 90s. Moved to Tampa, Fl. But my heart will always remember Bushwick!

marina: 3rd Sep 2009 - 00:24 GMT

This thread is better than a lot of books I've read! it sounds like ppl who would pass eachother on the street and not say anything but only wonder what the other person was thinking are finally getting to talk to eachother. I'm from St. Louis and I've never been to Bushwick, I spend a lot of time on the Internet reading about diff stuff (unemployment is a bitch lol). I think its interesting that some ppl are using this site to scope real estate in a future/capitalist manner while most ppl are using it to connect to the past/community. Honestly how u r using this site says a lot about u as a person. . .

Chris Rodriguez definitely said the smartest and most concise stuff on this site. For ppl that are upset w the way other ppl talk/type, I ask what about you makes you so special that the way you talk/type/live/consume/shit makes that way the "universal" way to do things? Are u saying the Internet belongs to you? Unless ur Al Gore that ain't true lol.

I don't know bc I did not grow up in an area like Bushwick, but I would think for newcomers you need to understand that whatever is bad about the neighborhood, u r entering and maybe even trespassing in something that is very sacred and rare in America today. . . an actual community where ppl know eachother and share memories. I know I've overstepped my boundaries before just like anyone else, but all the cultural tourism in this century is really gross but I have hopes that we as a ppl can make something better out of it. Why move to a poor neighborhood if ur just going to treat its citizens like brown ornaments, a backdrop for ur fabulous funky city life? Why do yoga if ur still going to talk shit when ur tech assist guy is in India?

I'm not there but maybe what ppl are saying about not having walking tours is the context, let the ppl who created the neighborhood, who were there when it sucked, show it off how they want to. Not to stereotype but that might be by tagging or blasting music. Not the right kind of pride for you? You can have ur walking tour in Bushwick but if Bushwick ppl go to the Upper East Side or the nice ass parts of CT and bump My President Is Black they prob still get pulled over. That might be why its unfair. I think there's a way to do this right. . .it just doesn't get done a lot.

I try not to be cynical and I really hope we can all treat eachother w respect someday. Thank you all for ur stories.

anon ( 4th Sep 2009 - 13:13 GMT

Hi Everybody,

Need your thoughts. I'm looking at a really great 2 family house on Norman Street, right off the corner of Wyckoff. It's about a block from the Halsey L train. What do you guys think about this area? Is it safe? I have friends who live in Ridgewood and love it but they're on the other side of Myrtle (central Ridgewood). This would be right (literally) on the Bushwick border. There are some factories in between the 2 hoods but it's right there. I did notice that there have been some loft conversions and a huge new glass/steel (dozens of units) condo building on Irving Avenue too - units just went on sale last month. So, is this area safe? I don't want to be afraid to walk around, in the day or the night, and I don't want to worry about my parents walking around there. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


Deb: 8th Sep 2009 - 17:23 GMT

to anon ( my 21-yr-old daughter from the jersey suburbs is living in Bushwick not far from where your daughter is considering living...write me at if you would like to talk. My daughter's been in the neighborhood a year already, we just moved her into a new place this weekend on Flushing Ave...

marlon: 9th Sep 2009 - 21:24 GMT

the only thing you got to worry in bushwick now are the corrupt cops from 83rd precinct.....they will plant drugs on you if they feel like it!

ED: 12th Sep 2009 - 18:22 GMT

My family and I lived at 103 Stockholm Street from 1944-1959. I went to PS 74, JHS57,and Brooklyn Tech. Bushwick back then had its good and bad. Alot of fun for kids. However, the Bonnanno crime family controlled and expanded extortion and gambling. Eventually, they introduced heroin to the area and that wiped out all of the Mafia wannabes in the area street gangs. The Viet Nam war wiped out the rest of the punks. German and Italian landlords opened the floodgates to minorities and the neighborhood went into a tailspin of riots,arson and crime.
Bushwick taught me to identify a bullshit artist a mile away.

anon ( 13th Sep 2009 - 18:13 GMT

I was born in the early 80s in wyckoff hops so I was a kid for some the worst time but I loved my childhood had a bunch of buddyz male n female it is a very family oriented hood being genarations have lived there some jus move to a next block I remember a lot of stuff u guy ngalz r talkin about I lived rigth by the l on jefferson used to play ball in th lot of that factory there used to a k9 school across from it there was a lot of hookers on flushing which made it easy for all the deals to make a quick buck they cleaned it up back there I seen an art supply store back there they opened an a shealther on flushing an made it a one way I've ran all around that hood an did get into trouble put that's the past the area where the l runz was the first to start changin back by the factorys a lot artist lofts now there being produced on a mass scale the look nice but I preferr the artist type u no fix as u can yo own style I live in queenz now land lord skrweed us so he can rent for a lot more I still love it an the diversty has always been there just its more younger cucasian movin in aint that much drugz like in the past n the onez that still do it are on the lo but don't be fooled I've smelled massive ganja farms comin from those renovated lofts so its not just the latins or blacks so us cuation with whoever u interact with an chances are if some thing where to happen to some one those hoods on the coners would be there faster then the cops every one helps eachother not always on apositive not but hey n one thing pops always said was its not the hood its the people if they take pride in there family home street hood u will see the change an as for ne kingdom they wouldn't let some friends of mine eat there for no real reason the work rite by there so it was like a lucnh or after workthing an they would let them that kinda sucks u open a resturant in the hood n don't let the locals in unless the some fashionistas or hlpsters but all in all great schoolz n teacherz 123 162 383 parkz maria h or hookerbocker park or starr park great memories minus the shootouts n gettin chased by a junkie wit a neddle n haven to hit him wit a garbbage can n by the way I've lost friends to drugz shootingz jail sickness so that's y I say watch u hang wit n yo lil 1 hang wit

Anon: 8th Oct 2009 - 12:57 GMT

One good thing about Bushwick is if you are getting off the train with a baby stroller...everyone helps you carry it up or down the stairs without you asking.People here are not selfish and Bushwick is very family. I did read on another site where some people who just moved to Bushwick said there weren't a lot of good mexican restaurants in Bushwick and this is quite possibly because Bushwick is a Puerto Rican neighborhood and Puerto Ricans eat Puerto Rican food (HELLO), not tacos. I did suggest for them to try arroz con pollo y habichuelas and mufungo...chorizo y bustelo. And some rice pudding & flan. How about a cuban sandwich with a tamarindo icee? (okay now I am making myself hungry)... Which brings me to my next good point about Bushwick...the Food!!! Excellent Puerto Rican food no doubt. The best. Another good point about Bushwick...the salsa Music. Even if you don't play your own you can always hear someone else's and this is the heartbeat of the people who live here. This is not a dead place it is very lively filled with very loving people. I personally have not been to the NE Kingdom restaurant and don't want to go . I like family owned Puerto Rican restaurants . They are the real deal. If you are around Bushwick on the day of the Puerto Rican day parade you will hear a lot of music playing and a lot of horns blowing and a lot of people cheering. You may even hear the Borinquen Anthem shaking the pavement you walk on. Maria Hernandez Park is a great place to chill out with a coffee from the Italian Cafe across the street on Knickerbocker. Here you can watch people play bocce, chess, or handball. In the park on Menahan St. around the corner of the 83rd precinct you can watch the Police Athletic League (PAL) teach kids baseball...or at least you used to be able to (just make sure you don't sit too close or you will get a baseball in the head accidentally)...There are a lot of positives about Bushwick and all of these are in place because of the people who have lived here for years who created the rich culture you see and who have had children and grandchildren here.

lourdes: 9th Oct 2009 - 20:53 GMT

Anyone remeber the cop Officer Beaty from Menahan???? He tore shit up. Rodgrigo and Detective Monsert also. There was some crazy cops back in da day.

Anon: 10th Oct 2009 - 17:37 GMT

All I remember is Jimmy Jazz and Burger King off the J train at Knickerbocker and the 83rd precinct of course and the coco candy carts (mmmmmmmm). And the avon lady near DeKalb and the meat market near the J train at Knickerbocker...very good pecorino romano for sale in there!Good Fresh whole chickens too. The walk to Ridgewood, Queens from there is a good one on a Sunday morning.

Allen : 16th Oct 2009 - 13:40 GMT

This site brings back some good memories!! I wonder if anyone might know of some of my old friends who I knew there in that area during the mid to late 1960's?? One was Ruben Figueroa who lived last that I knew, lived on Suydam Street. He and I had attended Bushwick High school for a time. He was in orchestra in school under Mr. Abel. I then stayed with him and his family for a short while. He had an uncle who lived on Hart Street. Another good friend I knew, was Edward Will, who lived on Grattan Street. He and I also had attended Bushwick High School. His uncle's name was Charles Schadle. There was also a Tony (Angel) Diaz, who went to Brooklyn Tech. Previous to that, I knew him at P.S. 114. Also, does anyone know of the kids who lived on Central Avenue and I think it was near Troutman Street. There was a Joanne, a Benji, and some others. Does anyone know of the Bushwick High School during that period, of teachers like Mr. Abel, Mr. Cohen - coach of the soccer team, Mr. Faber - Guidance Counselor, Mr. Kelly - Science, the Science Lab teacher - Mr. Goldstein, and others. I would love to hear from you!! You can contact me at

Me, me, me, meeeeeee!: 16th Oct 2009 - 19:58 GMT

I was born in Wycoff Hospital and grew up in Bushwick in the 70's. REMEMBER the "blackout"??? My family lived at 248 Irving Avenue between Bleeker St. and Greene. My dad was German/Irish and my mom Puerto Rican. My brothers and sisters all attended St. Brigids, P.S. 186, Grover Cleveland, 162, and Bushwick. My dad moved us out of Brooklyn in 1981 after a series of crimes that took place before our eyes and in or around our home. Bushwick was, to say the least, a ROUGH place to grow up. Lots of fighting. Both verbally and physically. And with that being said, let me also say that I have the most incredibally, fond memories of Bushwick. I remember literally "Swimming" in the johnny pumps/ fire hydriant (if that is even possible), playing handball off the side of a building, going skating at Sweet Ruby's, crossing the street to Tony's pizza for italian ices, shopping on knickerbocker, hanging out the window and on the stoop, playing red light- green light, mother may I and all kinds of awesome stuff with a block load of friends. Someone was always outside to "stick" with and God forbid you ever "FLATLEAVED" anyone. Too funny!!! We were not very wealthy and we did not have "play dates" or organized sports clubs but we lived life to the fullest. We used our imaginations and watever we found laying around to create hours of amusement and fun. We took pride in our families and in our community. Looking back and thinking about it, I would not want to raise my children up in the streets where I was raised (they wouldnt make it even one day), BUT, if I had to do my childhood all over again, I wouldnt change a thing. Fantastic, nostalgic memories.....bring a smile to my face.... Everytime!

gailbushwick 21st feb 2009: 20th Oct 2009 - 20:56 GMT

sorry but thre is no j train on knickerbocker ave the m train runs over there.and the meat market that was there has been a kinky store for panties and bras ...................................

Den: 21st Oct 2009 - 15:15 GMT

Can anyone tell me what kind of area Wilson Ave and Starr St wise? I'm thinking about leasing in that area. I'm coming from the Los Angeles area, can't imagine it would be much different??? Thanks!

Peter: 21st Oct 2009 - 18:18 GMT

i live, pretty much, on that block. what would give you the impression that it isnt a "safe" block?

Den: 21st Oct 2009 - 18:40 GMT

Oh no, no, I don't have the impression that it isn't safe (didn't mean to offend). After reading some of the comments about what areas are and are not safe, don't go here, don't go there, this area is quiet, that area is nice...nothing has been said about this area. I just thought I would get some input on what to expect when I arrive next week to look at some lease options. I know it's near Bushwick park and also I believe a Jr. High. Just looking for some helpful opinions from people like you. Thanks!

Peter: 21st Oct 2009 - 19:41 GMT

bear in mind that many of the comments in this thread are from clueless out-of-towners like yourself, so take them with a grain of salt.

like every other neighborhood in nyc, bushwick is as safe as you make it... that is, if you exercise a little common sense and dont act stupid or come across as an over-entitled stereotypical-hipster-yuppie-gentrifying-storm-trooper.

similarly, bushwick isnt any more or less safe than any other neighborhood ive ever lived in, so im not sure why this post has attracted so much safety-obsessed traffic in the first place. i guess it does speak volumes about uninformed people's prejudices and rumors of the past. i hate to actually spell it out here, but ive often discovered that "is bushwick safe?" is like a code that young white people use to inquire not so much about the neighborhood's fading drug/crime reputation as much as the community's demographics. sadly, many people seem to still associate the stereotypes they grew up with with communities like ours that feature such wide diversity.

but come on... if youre moving from LA, what are you worried about? having already experienced working-class grit, urban desolation and bi-lingual big-city life, youre the perfect candidate for bushwick. just show up next week and check it out in person and youll understand.

but yeah... stop by and have some tacos at 'el paiso' at the corner of irving and suydam, right by the corner of the park. stop and take a sec to observe and talk to people there. look around, walk in the park, observe bushwick life... and come back here and tell me whether or not its necessary to have this epically pointless online discussion about whether or not bushwick is "safe", because no matter how many times i answer the "is bushwick safe" question for someone here, ten more show up asking the same question for some reason. maybe if you fall in love with the neighborhood after you move here, you can come here and try to answer the same vague, nebulous questions for people that youre asking right now ;)

Galloping Greg: 21st Oct 2009 - 20:04 GMT

^^^ As for me, I'm just curious as to why someone would move cross-country to a neighborhood that they don't know anything about. *Snicker*. Seems like whatever it is that's powerful enough to draw you there in real life would balance out your largely imaginary fears, yeah?

Den: 21st Oct 2009 - 21:23 GMT

Personally, I think the safety-obsessed traffic is due to the fact that Bushwick is being so called re-discovered. My guess! People are naturally curious about the change, like myself. I also like to exercise my common sense by asking questions based off of what some of the locals have posted. I also don't feel it's a pointless online discussion about whether or not Bushwick is safe or's about finding out the facts and educating one's self. That's common sense! Thanks for your input...I'll for sure try 'El Paiso'.
Thanks for the advice, I'll give 'el paiso' a try.

Lurker: 21st Oct 2009 - 23:50 GMT

There's the rub, Den. You say "re-discovered". I say "How can a neighborhood be re-discovered when its already peopled by tens of thousands of residents?"

Who, pray tell, is doing this "rediscovering"? It's certainly not the people already living here. It's not the ones who were born here, grew up here, will die here.

I'm guessing you're one of the young/hip/white contingent, aren't you? And of the worst sort, too -- moving here without knowing why, without knowing the neighborhood, being a total non New Yorker outsider. So while your guess above serves your personal purposes well, it certainly doesn't speak for the rest of us Bushwick residents.

I bet you can't even name ten brief reasons why you're moving to Bushwick...... Whereas I could write a 1,000 page book about why I choose to continue living here.

E.stoned and druga FROM BUSHWICK: 22nd Oct 2009 - 01:37 GMT

two real ogeez from da bush remember all the crews hbo, cgk, bsk, wcc, p.s 123 ps 111, Cleavland, lcc bushwick posie.tha 80s was da shiznit It was dangerous but it was fun.we use to play around crack viles and derty needles in our school yards please exuse the mis spelling after all we went to p.s 123 miss spatulla was the Principe!!! lol p.s who killed baby flo at roseland in the 80s?the original 83 on wilson av I lived on stockholm in wilson from 79 to 89 born in wycoff so waz good!!was in both w.t.c bombings and still hear my santos are wit me ELOHEEM right back if u wit us??!!!!

Allen : 22nd Oct 2009 - 18:41 GMT

I wrote just a few days ago (re: Oct. 16), asking for if anyone perhaps knew of some friends of mine from some years back. (I see there are a lot of ones written here from kids who lived in Bushwick from 1970s' onwards. I guess I am one of the old-timers who remembers before that time, and am looking for about 1963 - 1965 or so.
I wanted to narrow down a few details - My good friend, Ruben Figueroa lived last at 334 Suydam Street (around 1967 or 1968). He had moved from Hart Street. He had an uncle still at Hart Street. We ourselves lived a few houses down on Hart Street and faced the "El" on Myrtle Ave. The other friend, Tony Diaz - lived somewhere just north of Noll Street. It may have been Varet Street or Moore Street or in that area. He attended Brooklyn Tech, but had attended Public School 114 on Noll Street in the lower grades.
My other friend, Edwin Will - lived at 142 Grattan Street. He attended Bushwick High School until he want into the army. He had also worked in a church in his area.
Last, but not least, is of a group of kids who lived on Central Avenue, near Troutman Street (or thereabouts). One was a girl named Joanne (Last name I believe was McQueen, or something like that.) She had red hair and was still young of the age of about 10 or 11 perhaps. (She was younger than I was.) Her grandmother lived a few streets away. (I think Melrose, perhaps). My memory is somewhat vague on some of this, as it has been some years back. But maybe someone knows of some of these people.

Allen : 22nd Oct 2009 - 18:41 GMT

I wrote just a few days ago (re: Oct. 16), asking for if anyone perhaps knew of some friends of mine from some years back. (I see there are a lot of ones written here from kids who lived in Bushwick from 1970s' onwards. I guess I am one of the old-timers who remembers before that time, and am looking for about 1963 - 1965 or so.
I wanted to narrow down a few details - My good friend, Ruben Figueroa lived last at 334 Suydam Street (around 1967 or 1968). He had moved from Hart Street. He had an uncle still at Hart Street. We ourselves lived a few houses down on Hart Street and faced the "El" on Myrtle Ave. The other friend, Tony Diaz - lived somewhere just north of Noll Street. It may have been Varet Street or Moore Street or in that area. He attended Brooklyn Tech, but had attended Public School 114 on Noll Street in the lower grades.
My other friend, Edwin Will - lived at 142 Grattan Street. He attended Bushwick High School until he want into the army. He had also worked in a church in his area.
Last, but not least, is of a group of kids who lived on Central Avenue, near Troutman Street (or thereabouts). One was a girl named Joanne (Last name I believe was McQueen, or something like that.) She had red hair and was still young of the age of about 10 or 11 perhaps. (She was younger than I was.) Her grandmother lived a few streets away. (I think Melrose, perhaps). My memory is somewhat vague on some of this, as it has been some years back. But maybe someone knows of some of these people.

Frank C.: 31st Oct 2009 - 18:36 GMT

I grew up on the corner of 1330 Halsey and Irving back in the late 60's until I escaped in 1979. I had to run home from PS151,(On Knickerbocker) because of the racial attacks form all the blacks and hispanics.I am down in Florida right now and I am seeing the same deterioration down here such as I observed back then. I miss the old neighborhood and I would consider moving back if it were plausible. My point of commenting was for the one'Homey", who commented about his disfavoring the influx of "caucasians"moving into "dahood", we'll let me expalin this to him, how do you think the people felt back then when they seen the deterioration of their neighborhood, when the influx of blacks and hispanics came through and RAVAGED a beautiful area. I remember fantasizing about living in Ridgewood. I would cross the tracks on Halsey heading up to Wycoff to the LL train and make my escape from the hood.My mother and I were robbed at knifepoint for a box of Crayola crayons and $1.64( My change from my birthday moneypurchase)on Knickerbocker and Eldert.I remember being attacked by a group of Puerto Ricans on the corner of Cooper and Irving about 15 in all for a little 6 y/o half-white/half Puerto Rican kid(always called a F-in honkey though) and as they punched and kicked me they dragged me across from the ice factory on Wilson and proceeded to try and stick my fingers into a discarded car battery..Ah the lovely memories, well I grew into a racist and an ultra violent person which effected my whole way of life and thinking, I was forced to become like the trash I was surrounded by.I grew out of it anyhow and I am a better man for having experienced that life. I just wanted to point out that every neighborhood changes and hopefully it's for the better in Bushwick, I am just worried that I'll still be down here when all the influx of Hood folk start coming down here to further destroy this area,maybe I'll move back up there now that the quality of life is improving. It's happening up in Spanish Harlem, It's happening in Brooklyn, and all the hood folks are gonna have to deal with it.I pray for all the hard working black and hispanic folks thathave to move out and I wish all the returning white folks the best of luck...If fate holds it I'll be back also.

Frank C.: 31st Oct 2009 - 18:44 GMT

Just a little extra....According to the New York Times, "In a five-year period in the late 1960s and early 70's, the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn was transformed from a neatly maintained community of wood houses into what often approached a no man's land of abandoned buildings, empty lots, drugs and arson."[4] One out of every 8 buildings was damaged or destroyed by fire every year from 1969 to 1977 (Goodman 122).

Robert: Tough comment!

Tony Giove: 11th Nov 2009 - 07:10 GMT

I came across this site just searching PS 53 on Troutman St. I lived in the second house past PS 53 toward Wilson Ave. I think the address was 164. they knocked the whole block down to build a school.My dad, Mike, owned the luncheonette on Wilson Ave between Troutman St. and Star Street. The teens hung out there. Every time I see happy days it reminds me of my dad and or luncheonette. I'll post more later.

Allen : 14th Nov 2009 - 19:12 GMT

Just read Tony Giove's blog here. Very interesting Tony, that you lived on Troutman Street, and remember the old P.S. 53 there. Also, amazing that your Dad owned a luncheonette on Wilson. (Oh, "Happy Days"!) I am sure I must have seen it. I wonder if you had the chance to attend P.S. 53 yourself? It would be neat to hear from some of the kids who attended there and maybe remembers the old teachers there. By the way, I used to be one of the school crossing monitors there by the school. We always had to wear a white belt with a badge on it. (I thought this was kind of neat!). I played around the new school when they were building it. Me, and some of the kids I knew who lived on Central Avenue, whom I mentioned in another blog here. It was mostly all rubble at the time, and a large sandpile, and the scaffolding of the new school.

Tony Giove: 16th Nov 2009 - 09:54 GMT

I went to PS 53 in the 6th grade, then went to PS 162 for 7,8 and 9. I'll dig out my PS 53 graduation book and list some of the teachers.

Tony Giove: 16th Nov 2009 - 09:56 GMT

I played in the abandoned buildings before they tore down the block. We were just about the last family to move out of the neighborhood.

Xcuzmepleez: 18th Nov 2009 - 15:05 GMT

I also attended P.S. 53 and I remember vivdly when they tore it down, it was sad to see. My class was one of the last to graduate from 53. I also lived on Troutman St.,across the street from you, at 171 Troutman, next door to Palermo & Canepo Bakery. Visit, (Bushwick Buddies)you'll find a few pictures of P.S. 53 and J.H.S. 162, you may also find some class mates and neighbors there.

joe: 23rd Nov 2009 - 19:44 GMT

Moved to bushwick in 1968 , I was 7yrs old, from palermo sicily , wilson avenue and jefferson st. lived on the third floor, I rememeber Carussos pharmacy below across the street was a candy store owned by my uncle and aunt we've known it as jacks candy store on the corner was marino's supperette my brothers and cousins and I went to ps 145 on central ave and noll st so many memories also Madison theater on Myrtle ave and st nicholas ave , Liotta pharmacy on knickerbocker ave btwn troutman and starr, also remember circos pastry shop meatland I could go on and on miss the old neighborhood I could still see it in my mind

joe: 23rd Nov 2009 - 19:50 GMT

I live in bay ridge now all the friends I had lost contact with. I moved out of bushwick in 1984 got married have two children a son 23 he is a nyc police officer and a daughter whos majoring in x-ray therapy so I say bushwick shaped me up very good

joe: 23rd Nov 2009 - 22:01 GMT

I lived at 72 wilson ave then there was a fire I believe it was 1969 or 1970 it wiped out 22 apartments I dont know if anyone perished or got hurt in the fire. then we moved to (around the corner) Jefferson street between central and wilson avenues. If theres anyone from the 70's that lived there they should remember St. leonards church on the corner off of wilson and jefferson, the school was on melrose st. there was scaturros supermarket on knickerbocker ave tonys pizza circos bakery a few italian cafes, Wagner movie theater on wyckoff and stockholm st bowling alley Hart lanes I hung out at hart lanes almost every night from 1974 to 1979 . theres handball courts on dekalb ave and seneca played there

Barbara Leone: 27th Nov 2009 - 05:22 GMT

I grew up in Bushwick in the 1950's to 1965 and although i think about my childhood there and loved it because it was home i have to say it was scarey at times just walking home from school and was never allowed out after dark. there were gang fight often from Halsey Street Park and Ellery Street park. I went to Halsey junior high and went to St Barbara's church on Central ave. I want to go and visit then soon but would i want to live there again i dont think so!

anonymous: 27th Nov 2009 - 17:08 GMT

I moved to Bushwick 4 months ago from Connecticut since I wanted to be closer to NYC and chose Bushwick for the affordability and also I have about 5 friends that live there. Previously when visiting Brooklyn I ended up at some loft party or pool hall dive bar in Bushwick. I feel like Bushwick has more sex appeal than Williamsburg. It is edgier, more raw. I dont walk around anywhere alone at night, but the wide streets and lack of vehicle traffic late nights makes bicycle riding a fantastic and safe method of come-home-from-bar tipsy travel. Also on a Sunday morning walking my dog in the suburbs no one would even look up at me. In the wick people in the neighborhood say good morning. Sure, some times it is "hey mommy, how you feelin?? Looking nice beautiful girl." But mostly it is just a sincere friendly, good morning.

Barbara Leone: 27th Nov 2009 - 22:27 GMT

that is so nice to hear! I guess it has been a while for me and now after reading what you said i really want to get back to my roots.......

???: ------hmmm

anon ( 2nd Dec 2009 - 03:26 GMT

I grew up in Lower Ridgewood (later called Bushwick) on Grove & Myrtle (referred to as six corners). Attended St. Brigid's and graduated in 1969 - always looking for graduates of that year. Parts of Ridgewood are beautiful - area changing to young Polish immigrants.
Larry Harfmann

RiCk: 4th Dec 2009 - 17:32 GMT

I grew up in Bushwick too,70's, 80's. I went to PS 123,JHS 162, and finally Bushwick High School, where I graduated in '87.
I too have great memories of playing on the block, anyone remember skelly?, stoopball, cocolivio(helping tag), hot peas and butter, kick the can, and soo many other games that the kids these days don't even know about anymore, miss those days, I really do, remember getting up in the morning getting on your bike and being told to be home before the light on the lamp post turned on at night? Handball in knickerbocker park, chinese handball on hart in wilson roght outside the american legion hall, or how about tar beach on the 4th of july

joe: 5th Dec 2009 - 00:23 GMT

yes I remember skellys ,chinese handball and etc, etc, The guys from the block we use to meet other guys from different blocks and go to St. Joseph's Catholic church on Suydam St, btn wilson and central aves and played football two hand touch (played on cement surface). I Lived in bushwick for about 30 years , my sister moved out of bushwick last year and moved to glendale . I passed by the neighborhood the other day and its not the same neighborhood anymore. alot of changes, most of the stores I grew up with are not there anymore

joe: St. Josephs schoolyard to play football

RiCk: 5th Dec 2009 - 15:13 GMT

I remember that, I lived around the corner from St. Joe's on Wilson ave, between Suydam and Hart streets, I remember hearing the church bells early in the morning and getting up to attend Father Guido's mass, and then going to the block (hart st, between Wilson ave and Knickerbocker ave) to play stickball with the guys until lunch.

RiCk: 5th Dec 2009 - 15:18 GMT

By the way, I hear they're calling Bushwick, "West Williamsburg" now, I'm all for improvements, but do they have to change the name too?
No matter, Bushwick will always be bushwick to me, no matter what name they call it.
I haven't been there in a while now but I still keep tabs on the neighborhood throrugh friends and family.

any details rememberances: 5th Dec 2009 - 15:50 GMT

anyone remember the killing of a guy by the owner of the pizzeria on the corner of Irving and Greene. any details, I was only 7 at the time.

RiCk: I don't sorry.

joe : 6th Dec 2009 - 02:49 GMT

remember the 83rd pct on wilson and dekalb avenue now its on knickerbocker, there was a butcher shop on knickerbocker ave and menahan I worked there for two years in 1976 aand 78 I learned a little bit of spanish. they just comparing that bushwick is like williamsburg I will always call it bushwick. I had good times there fortunately When I drive trough the neighborhood (certain streets that I frequent) automatically I sit and think back, its like an out of body experience like my friends and I playing football on the block or just walking down the block with them I KNOW IT SOUNDS CHEESY BUT I CANT HELP THE WAY I FEEL. I miss those good old days

Me, me, me, meeeeeee!: 7th Dec 2009 - 14:28 GMT

Joe, I can totally relate to your "out of body" experience because I too go back to my old home in Brooklyn and just park in front of the building to reminisce. I look at the old stoop and remember when me and my friend Evelyn use to sit there and talk for hours, me and my sisters sat there and fought for hours, everything and anything occured on the front stoop!!! My friend and I use to make our very own home made "kabangers". I remember learning how to "click" my doublemint gum amongst other things on that very stoop. I look to the corner where Toto's pizzeria use to be and remember the day my Dad took me and my sister across to get an icee and on our way back "THE GREAT BLACK OUT" occured. I remember beneath the pizzeria there was an italian bread bakery and my mom and dad would go buy hot, fresh italian bread like at 11 p.m. at night and we would have coffee and hot bread with melted butter....just for the heck of it....AT 11p.m. AT NIGHT!!! Couldnt do that today! Ahhh, city life was rough but those AWESOME memories couldnt be obtained in the suburbs....

anon ( 8th Dec 2009 - 01:34 GMT

Me, me, me, meeeee!..........yep I and my brothers worked in bakery making bread, so I tottaly get it, did that too with hot bread and butter with coffee like dunkin the bread into the coffee lol. WOW plus hot loaf of bread with olive oil, black pepper and grated cheese awesome to...TOTO's pizza sounds familiar where was it located . ttyl

Me, me, me, meeeeeee!: 14th Dec 2009 - 15:11 GMT

Toto's pizzeria was on the corner of Irving and Bleeker (late 70's---early 80's). Across the street from Claudio's (bodega).

joe: 14th Dec 2009 - 21:23 GMT

You may remember, there was a bakery called Rosselli's on irving and Harman. I worked there with my brother, he baked bread and I delivered it in 1979-81

toto's pizza: 17th Dec 2009 - 23:38 GMT

anyone remember the killing of a guy by the owner of the pizzeria on the corner of Irving and Greene. any details, I was only 7 at the time.

irving avenue 1969-72: 17th Dec 2009 - 23:39 GMT

remember the news stand with Mabel on Irving between greene and bleecker. the place looked like a bomb hit it, what a fire trap

Wyoming: 18th Dec 2009 - 18:00 GMT

Does anyone remember getting a charlotte russe in brooklyn? Can you still get them anywhere?

Barbara Leone: 20th Dec 2009 - 05:29 GMT

I remember and i have been looking for one for the past 5 years. I have a friend who just ask me last week about a charlotte russe but i dont think they make it anywhere. I was in brooklyn this week and had a egg cream!

Joe: Whats a Charlotte Russe. and where was it located

wyoming: 27th Dec 2009 - 16:02 GMT

Joe, a charlotte russe was a popular treat for kids in brooklyn. My mother who lived in brooklyn frequently talked about them. They were cakes with whipping cream and a cherry on top. They were inside a cardboard container which could be pushed up from the bottom so that you could lick the cream as you got down to the cake. They are shown in the movie "Once Upon a Time in America" with Robert DeNiro. They were sold on carts, only seasonal, usually fall and winter.

joe: 29th Dec 2009 - 03:55 GMT

thanks, ok i know now what they are, once i had a charlotte russe i didnt know it was called a charlotte russe

Logan: 30th Dec 2009 - 04:24 GMT

I was born and raised in Bushwick and have seen the neighborhood go through many changes. There are seniors and low income individuals who have been living in Bushwick all their lives. Gentrification is good for those who can afford it. Many investors are using pressure and scare tactics to coerce these individuals in rent controlled apartments to move. I am all for progress and good change but someone has to protect these people. Right is Right.

TonyGiove: 2nd Jan 2010 - 23:47 GMT

I live on Troutman St. between Wilson and Central Aves. from 1948 until about 1964. I moved just before they started construction on the new school. Tommy Abruso lived up the block from me toward Central Ave. I remember Palermo's, where I bought my Italian Ices and Pastries. I spent MANY years playing in the P.S. 53 school yard, softball, handball, etc. Lots of summers at the school for their summer program, I graduated P. S. 53 in June of 1960. The principal at the time was Mr. N. Gussow. My 6th grade teacher was Ms. E.A. Reddy. I was also a school hall and crossing monitor. I only attended P.S. 53 for the 6th grade, then went to P.S 162 Jr. H.S.
Some of my old friends from the neighborhood- Andy Difonzo (lost contact), Eddie Guster (still best friends), Frank Perrone, Rose Mistretta, Linda Messina, Angela Giganti, Michael Amico, Lorraine Potavin, and last but now least, my first heart throb, Barbara Guster. Except for the Gusters, I've lost track of everone else. If anyone knows these people, my email is I would LOVE to hear from them.

TonyGiove: 2nd Jan 2010 - 23:52 GMT

wyoming is correct about the charlotte russe. I've eaten many of them as a kid. I REALLY miss knishes!!!!

anon ( 4th Jan 2010 - 00:57 GMT

TonyGiove was Marino supperette on the corner of troutman and wilson when you were there, also my uncle owned on a coffee shop on the middle of the block on wilson ave. btw troutman and jefferson, his name was Jack

Gemini: 5th Jan 2010 - 19:25 GMT

I currently live in Bushwick and love it. My mother moved us here in 1974 on Weirfield Street. The neighborhood has come and gone and come back again but my block has stayed the same. We have third generation children growing up on our street. We have the best block association with the best Block Parties. Anyone that is familiar with Weirfield St. btwn Evergreen and Central will tell you. The hardest part about living on one block so long is when the elders pass away its hard to handle, it's like losing a family memeber. The same people that used to rat us out to our parents we have grown to love. My grandson is a third generation Wierfield Street kid. Bushwick is convenient to all transportation bus, subway, shopping on Broadway and a short walk into Ridqewood if you choose. We used to play in the cemetery. We were creepy kids. We call it the dark side. If you are thinking of moving to Bushwick please do we would love to have you. Please just remember to curb your dogs. We sit outside and drink beer and laugh until the wee hours in the summer time without a problem but we are mindful of our neighbors. If you are looking for trouble then trouble you will find, but that's anywhere. Bushwick is GREAT! and Weirfield Street is even Greater!

Gemini: 5th Jan 2010 - 19:31 GMT

@Rick, What about stick ball, punch ball, ringing bells? (we used to get in trouble for that but it was fun) My brother used to play johnny on the pony.

joe p: 24th Jan 2010 - 17:09 GMT

Hey Vickie, I went to P.S. 145 my brother went to J.H.S. 111. do you remember the block on wilson avenue between troutman and jefferson there was my uncles candy store in the middle of the block, his name was Jack ,next door was Eddies barber shop , and a funeral home, on the corner was Marinos supperette. I lived at 181 Jefferson st, what was your address, also on the corner of jefferson was Caruso's Pharmacy. I moved to Bushwick in 1968 at 72 wilson avenue, next door to Caruso's then there was a fire that wiped out 22 apts. and moved to 179 jefferson street. moved out in 1984 to bay ridge and still live in bay ridge.

Vickie: 25th Jan 2010 - 04:33 GMT

Joe, I remember the candy store well. You have a cousin Nina right? I lived at 177 jefferson. I remember the fire and Carusos . You are bringing back so many memories. I left brooklyn in 1969, moved to long island. Still there. Last month I drove thru the neighborhood. Can't believe St Leonards is gone. So many changes, so many memories.

joe p: 25th Jan 2010 - 19:10 GMT

Vickie, yes, Nina is my cousin. Do you know her or you kind of figure it out by what I wrote. Either way it's pretty cool, what a small world. Nina lives in Long Island. I have relatives that live in Glendale, Queens, and the cemetary on Woodward ave. and Starr st., my parents are buried there. So I drive by the old neighborhod every few months, so sad the church (ST. Leonards) is gone, when I attended P.S. 145 every Wednesday at 2 O'clock I went to St. Leonards school on Melrose st. btween Central and Wilson aves. for religions instruction. Lol, remember Murry he was Caruso's dog, he would be behind the long gate 3 feet by say 60 feet (adjcent to the building) and he would bark and go nuts every time someone would walk by,I thought that one of these days he would jump over and attack someone, I was young 8 yrs old then so I was afraid . Take care.

Manuela: 28th Jan 2010 - 01:35 GMT

I lived in Bushwick in the sixties with a husband and four children I must say life was interesting to say the least. I had great times taking my kids to the park I lived very close to the public school made it easy for all of us. the stores were close the A&P super market and all those great stores on Broadway with fabulous stuff but as it got dark most of the store owners got into there cars and left. What can I tell you that's the way it was my kids are all grown and have done well for themseves and I guess I can say so have I every I drive through to see the old neighborhood. I am now 75years old. Good living to all you good people who are still living in Bushwick.

Vickie: 28th Jan 2010 - 03:40 GMT

Joe, I just got in touch with a few friends from the neighborhood. Clem D (Miss Minnie (his mother,school monitor 145) remembers everything,. He still lives there. Love all the memories.

Bill: 8th Feb 2010 - 21:43 GMT

Hey Joe P...My aunt lived at 200 jefferson St. My cousins name was Rocky..I see you know guys played stick ball everyday in the summer...If you think you know me my email is was there from 1960 to 1970

Bushwacked by subprime lenders: 10th Feb 2010 - 14:55 GMT

Romana Ortiz, is about to have her home, located 931 Bushwick Avenue, Bushwick-Brooklyn, NY 11221, seized by subprime lenders, who zoomed the house value from 21,750 in 2001, to a mortgage liability of $330,00, reports Eva Sanchis, El Diario/La Prensa in FeetInTwoWorlds article In Brooklyn, Mortgage Crisis Eats Away Wealth of Several Generations of Hispanics.

At the root of this home loss trajedy, is the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act in 1999-2000, the crown jewel of the New Deal, by President Clinton, Senators Gramm, Dodd, Kennedy, Kerry, Reid, Schumer and many others, 92 out of 100 senators, issued in financial deregualation that precipitated the financial and social crisis we have today.

Trulia reports that The median sales price for homes in Bushwick for Sep 09 to Nov 09 was $444,000, down from a peak of $625,000 in mid 2007

anon ( 16th Feb 2010 - 01:28 GMT

I was born N raised in Bushwick.Moved to massachusetts in 98.I lived on Cornelia between bushwick n broadway.Any one lived on that block?

anon ( 16th Feb 2010 - 01:31 GMT

I recently posted that I lived on Cornelia between bushwick n broadway in the early n late 80s,My name is Liza aka tuti I attended ps 299,Is 291 N bushwick H.s.Im looking for anyone that use to live on the block or the area.

Gladys aka China: 20th Feb 2010 - 03:55 GMT

1137 Green ave is where I was born, then moved to 146 Groves st stated there till I was 21.Born in 71 , went to Ps 274,then PS 75, IS 291 (did not go to bushwick H.S. We to Seward Park H.S. I loved Brooklyn 80's were great! I did move 18 years ago to Florida I don't regreat it. My heart will forever be in bushwick. I miss lots of my old frinds Maria Aka Mama.. her brothers flaco and pipi...yoli...jerry..danny... I heard lots of people I knew past away, my heart goes out to the family.

candi: 21st Feb 2010 - 01:02 GMT

I am currently viewing an apartment as Halsey street, thinking about moving in. Can you tell me about the area, I have two teenage boys and am bit scared if this will be the right move.

quinn: 7th Mar 2010 - 17:54 GMT

wow, some of these comments are super dated! i have 4 bldgs in bushwick . i am however 1 block from the ridgewood qns border and that is still noticeable. this is by far not the ghetto lol! exercise caution w/e you are! i lived on troutman at the time thy set up the police lights and cosed down that block. not even close to that era now. as i said hee is stil a diff between which way you walk upon exiting jefferson st subway(im in the quiet direction) . troutman in that block(cypress & St nich )is also quiet. this area is def becoming what wburg did!

quinn: 7th Mar 2010 - 18:50 GMT

oh yeah, this won't be popular but i read some more far as the changes and what not: the "old timers" who were once also new comers are sorta still here. i live in what used to be predominantly german and some italian

JV: 8th Mar 2010 - 18:15 GMT

I am from Washington, DC. I grew up in a very diverse neighborhood, just across the river from DC proper in Alexandria, VA (it's like our version of Staten Island for you NYers). We have a reverse issue here with the "Hollywood" image of DC making things look a lot brighter than they actually are. The streets of Bushwick are not unlike those in DC or any other major city. There might be more trees in DC and a lot more black people here than in Bushwick, but we've experienced the same kind of immigrant influx & gentrification that you have. Neighboroods that you wouldn't be safe to walk around after dark 5 years ago are now the spots where people of all races have bought at low prices and worked out their Home Depot credit cards to fix up. In my own childhood neighborhood, the mix of black, white and a few Indian/Asian families is now 1/3 hispanic from all over Latin America. We have bodegas that used to be 7-11s and Latin grocery stores that used to be Hallmark stores, but it's all good. Most people around here of any race are hard-working and just want to go home after a hard days work and have a beer/watch TV/chill with their families. I agree with the people who get pissed off at the "holier than thou" type of gentrifier. Those people can be infuriating. This summer, I'm moving either to Bushwick or E. Williamsburg or Greepoint because those spots are close to the train and a quick trip to where I'll be working in Manhattan, but I don't expect it to be much different from DC.

Bushwick.seniors: 11th Mar 2010 - 21:00 GMT

Moved to Bushwick in 1955 from Williamsburg. We were only blacks on Bleecker Street. With influx of Blacks at that time, and this was before any Puerto Ricans even lived over there on that side. They were still mostly in Williamsburg, down near Moore Street end. This is pre-Bushwick Projects, P-60's, 1-3 family smaller projects on Central, Wilson, etc., etc. This is pre-Hispanics. The neighborhoodl at that time was mostly Italians, poor Irish and Germans. Wilson Avenue, Knickerbocker Avenue was all pizza parlors and funeral homes, shoemakers, Italian Grocery Stores, and Candy stores. Then the Whites began moving out. They must have moved in the middle of the night because the next thing you knew they were gone. Puerto Ricans began moving in and so did more and more Blacks. Bushwick on the Broadway side was mostly Black people that moved from Bed-Stuy to Decatur, Bainbridge, Moffatt, Eldert, Halsey, Chauncey, Cooper, Covert, up closer to the Evergreen Cemetery/Trinity Cemetery side. At that time Bushwick H.S. was Lily White, Grover Cleveland was White. Hell, even Boys High School was White, Girls High School was White. If you look at year books from 1957-65, these high schools were White majority. Even Franklin K. Lane was mostly white, with Italian Kids coming in from Cypress Hills having gang race riots back in the late 50's and early 60's. St. Barbara's church was all Whites. We were the only black kids from the whole 1955 confirmation class. The White people fled out of Bushwick and the other whites and old Italians from up the Eastern Parkway End of Broadway, there were still Italians living back up behind Sackett Street, Eastern Parkway & Herkimer, Rockaway & Herkimer. White people fled out of these neighborhoods like bats flying out of hell. The next thing you knew, the neighborhood had become drug ridden, low class, ghetto, and began heading down the tubes. Those same old Italian stores with Pizza Parlors began bringing heroin into the neighborhood. The only problems with them selling it in Bushwick was that their own kids got hooked on the heroin that they were selling to the Blacks/Hispanics. People came from all over the city to buy drugs in Bushwick during the late 60's, early 70's, and by 80's Bushwick had burned down and was full of vacant lots. This was before crack cocaine became king. With the fires and riots on Broadway, which used to have wonderful classy stores, the whole neighborhood went down. A house in Bushwick ran for $20,000.00 tops during say 1970-1985. The speculators were there then to buy your house cash. The black people who had good jobs moved further into Jamaica, St. Albans, Laurelton, So. Ozone Park, Elmont, Cambria Heights, Hempstead, LI, Uniondale, etc. With efforts from people like Anna Gonzalez, Mary Highsmith, Chineda Carter, Clarice Alston, Ms. Sumpter, and the old timers from Bushwick, they formed the Community Board and forced the funding of housing renovations/rebuilding of Bushwick from the ground up. State Assemblyman Vito Lopez (RBSCC), former City Councilman, Victor Robles, Councilman Martin Dilan, and now his son Eric Martin Dilan, to name a few were and are the driving forces in rebuilding Bushwick to the extent that now Bushwick is becoming so exclusive that the dot.comers and now hippy dippy whites are now moving back. Well, let's just hope that they respect Bushwick for what it is. We don't want another Bed-Stuy over here where the Caucasians have moved in and are now trying to "dis" the longtime Black folks who have lived on that side. We welcome them but we don't want them to forget that this is our Hood over here. We suffered through the ends of blocks of vacant lots, burned out houses, garbage pile ups, flooded sewers, closed up libraries, schools that went down the educational tubes, etc. If they/you want to work with us, you are welcome, but if you want to let your dog shit all over our front gates and trees, then you must keep it moving. You will not be taking over b/c Bushwick does not have the Brownstones like Bed-Stuy, Pratt Area and Clinton Hills, Boreum Hill and Park Slope, so most of you are just passing through on the turns and twists of life. Lived here 55 years already. Seen it come and go and come again. Enough said for today but I will be back. I could make this a history lesson.

Robert Rivera: 12th Mar 2010 - 10:58 GMT

looking for pics from Halsey Jr High School 296 from 1973-1974 Or yearbook. Love and miss Bushwick growing up in the 70's and 80's were the best. All that puppy love, sets, and gigs that we attended cutting out from school. Grew up on Handcock St. between Knickerboker and Irving, great block parties.

anon ( 14th Mar 2010 - 16:39 GMT

Again I am stumped! Is this Bushwick-Seniors neighb because they are Black, a Senior, been here since '55 or suffered through urban decay that many people, including my family, suffered through? This baseless nimby/sense of entitlement attitude by anyone makes me wonder. Here's a news flash: this is anyone's "hood" who lives here. Even those , unfortunately, who don't give a f about it! I had to move here 6 years ago to help out my parents (who've been here since '65--oh wait, my mom is hispanic and my dad is actually North African. Does that put them higher up on the who gets to be here meter?) and I def did not want to move. I lived in Bed-Stuy and the attitude that prevailed there was similar to the posting I am referring to here in this post. They only wanted Blacks who could afford to better "their " hood and anyone else who might be interested was made to feel most unwelcome and even as an invader. If this same attitude was manifested publicly by anyone not "of color" they would be lambasted as racist and everyone other label that gets thrown @ or at someone today without regard to fact . Again I will point out that any neighb including Bushwick, since the original Dutch settlers goes through ethnic changes. The problem is when the one who was there right before whomever else gets on their high-horse without merit. Hopefully you're on the farther from me side of Bleecker. Probably near Broadway!

Hateliberals: 26th Mar 2010 - 22:28 GMT

To all you out of state people that wanna move to Bushwick cause it's "cool", stay outta our neighborhood. It;s a shame that the people that have lived there for years don't see things for what they are. We are losing our culture and our neighborhood to all these outta towners. They think they are surperior to minorities. They think they are improving but see whats happening. Hard working middle class are being forced out. Just cause you moved in a years ago and buy from bodegas does not mean crap. Real people from brooklyn paid thier dues. You are only capitolizing from the hard work that has been put in from the people. It makes me sick. I hear Detroit "IS TOTALLY AWESUM DUDE!!!!" Try moving there

anon ( 27th Mar 2010 - 19:17 GMT

and what dues would those be? my family lived through the "minority" influx(changes) of the 60's and 70's only to have the neighb decimated. now it's coming back and it should stop because you think you're middle class? the people who come here have just as much right and are just as middle class as you or i. just because they haven't purchased a car for the amount of $ it would cost for a downpayment on a house so they can show off their "ride" to their other renting neighbors does not make them invaders. Another thing: you better check with you friend the local bodeguero 'cause i'll bet he's loving the new customers especially since they don't need weekly fiao from him.

Gemini: 30th Mar 2010 - 19:46 GMT


anon ( 11th Apr 2010 - 17:00 GMT

i have a tenant who violates her lease by maintaining 2 dogs and let's them defecate and urinate in the bldg. she then allows them to do so on the sidewalk too! she is a nasty jehova's witness. they have to be the most hypocritical cult group out there yet bushwick is full of them; like bedbugs!

oldskool: 15th Apr 2010 - 08:26 GMT

Bushwick as I remember it doesn't exist anymore. When kids played in the pump ans rode thier bikes. Now you have all these yuppies complaining about everything. I have seen them complaining about little kids playing on the sidewalk. Bet if those kids were white, they wouldn't complain. They are rude. Notice next time when walking on the street how these yuppies look down on minorities. All they care about is themselves and how they can help themselves to a neighborhood that isn't theirs. I agree there is crime but you cannot be surprised when you get robbed cause you were walking down the street with your I Phone advertising it. Thats the difference between a real person from nyc or a person from Ohio that is now cool cause they live in Brooklyn. Remember, just cause you whiten up a neighborhood doesn't mean you make it better.

eddie: 15th Apr 2010 - 08:55 GMT

How annoying is it when you go on this site to reminince about the good old days and you have these idiots asking "is it safe to walk my dog at 2 am on Troutman and Knick?" or asking "can I raise a family across the street from the crackhead and on the other corner the 35 year old bearded guy with a skateboard?" Just goes to show you don't belong. If you over 16, you really shouldn't be riding a skateboard. At what point do you say to yourself, hey I am adult!!!

Angela Bentley: 19th Apr 2010 - 20:30 GMT

Does anyone remember the vitale's. I am also looking for the fishers that lived on Palmetto...Any one know them let me know. Thanks

spanishfly: 5th May 2010 - 02:54 GMT

wow this site is great. i was born between Bushwick and flushing in 1977. I will always remember my old neighborhood.i moved upstate in 1994.i miss my old friends from Bushwick projects .

anon ( 9th May 2010 - 18:08 GMT

it's not discrimination! if ur fuckin kid doesn't know how to act then be damn sure if he/she is playing in the street in front of my bldgs and actin like the criminal they all seem to want to grow up to be(with the support of their parent(s)) I'm gonna tell them to get the fuck outta here and mess up their own place. I think it's amazing how someone gets blasted for being proper and will be insulted racially. if it's a "minority" and you call them on it it's racism. Fuck That! if they can't get with the decency program go live in the crack neighbs that you who whine about the changes here seem to miss. It's a real loss of everything valuable. These types emulate the Hip Hop scum they see on t v who have all this $ and still act like freaking low lifes. That's cool? Take your selves and ridgewood bushwick housing and move the fuck on and out of my neighb BUSHWICK!

anon ( 9th May 2010 - 18:16 GMT

oh yeah and Eddie, ever hear of Tony Hawk? look him up you ageist dumbass! Maybe if some of the freakin hippo-like, mc D's eatin, 5th generation section 8 dwellers would get off their fat asses and do something with their lives in one of the parks or on the street instead of sitting on their stoops and acting like they own the neighborhood when they haven't even been here for as long as some of us they might be better off. And healthier.

Freaked out: 18th May 2010 - 02:50 GMT

I live lived at 901 bushwick ave in the early 70's as a child and i hated it. My mother got us the hell out of there because that house was serious haunted. I mean no disrespect to the current owners, but that house made the amityville house look like dysneyland. There was a lot of demonac activity almost every night. I am a grown man and still get freaked out thinking about it. I would sure like to know if anyone has had any experiences there.

kassandra sanes: 20th May 2010 - 16:15 GMT

im 17 years old and i lived in bushwick my whole life. it isnt easy to grow up around here, all my life i fought different people for different reasons and fighting was the only way to get respect around here because if not people are going to think they could run all over you. LIFE'S A BI*TH AND THEN YOU DIE, i believe this quote alot because alot of fked up sh happens to people that should happen to them, but hey thats life!!

eddie: 21st May 2010 - 06:39 GMT

Oh boy, you sure told me. I would like to write more but really don't wanna entertain nonsense. Not even sure how I got suckered into this bullshit in the first place. Besides pretty sure you have a protest or something to go to.

Camille : 21st May 2010 - 17:55 GMT

So Ive been living in Bushwick for quite a while . there has been a big change from 1993 - 2010 . I grew up on Jefferson St has been before the street was filled with dog pop & people couldn't even walk . but since the people who is en-charge of the environment has made there voice heard . If you take your dog's outside you have to pick up after them if you don't then you will get a Ticket . My opinion of that it was a whiz decision to make that a law . Make's people pick up after there self so like that if you walking in the street you wont have to be worried about what the dog leave . Another way that bushwick has change has been with there house's the way the architectural of them being build . we have condominium's being build . you would of never thought that would be happing in bushwick . Also the population of Hispanic's has always been high in bushwick . But after 911 More White people have moved in . We have more tree's in are block's ! Bushwick has changed drastically (:

Emmy \m/(-.-)\m/ rocks: 21st May 2010 - 18:01 GMT

I'm part of Bushwick's prodigy's. I have lived in Brooklyn all my life and i have to say that i love Brooklyn.. and that i dont regret ever living here. When my teacher told me about Brooklyn's dark drenched history I felt deeply appreciated and inspired to improve the conditions of Brooklyn ten fold. Im glad Bushwick got the attention it deserved because Bushwick and the people of the past have endured a lot of hardships to survive in its tough economic times. Im glad i can walk out my house and see my quiet block with little children who will one day become part of Bushwick's development. I consider every person the vein's and heart of Brooklyn, only we can pump the blood of Brooklyn to keep it living and healthy. I just hope Bushwick wont be ever forgotten and the people in it will always abide and create something new for Bushwick. I love Bushwick and my multi cultural block!

anon ( 23rd May 2010 - 16:16 GMT

awwwww, the above was for poor Eddie lmfao...
too busy working to improve a neighb that my family has lived in since 1965 to go to a "protest". as anyone can see b'wick is still home to those who feel "threatened". Regarding an earlier post:Spanish people don't go to the social spots for coffee or w/e because they don't want to. I'm half Hispanic and believe me there's other stuff goin on with the lack of integration. They(for the most part) don't want to be part of anything. They work and save and then send their money back to wherever or buy a house or business and then send those proceeds back. It's a different mindset. They don't want permanent roots in the community. In 1992-93 I lived on Troutman between Knicker & Irving. It was disgusting. Finally the only tall thing we got that resembled a tree was when the 83rd closed the block to no one except residents and had a cherry picker and these tall search lights that illuminated the entire block. If you miss those days or think that that is "cool" go somewhere else. We have enough problems emanating from the family shelter on Flushing and some of the tenants of Ridgewood Bushwick Housing.
Regarding the comment from the person who lived here her whole life and moved when they saw a knife fight: that's really a shame for anyone to witness that. I don't think you would have fit in very well though at the beginning of the 20th century in this neighb cause it was still Dutch and German for the most part. I am curious as to whether your folks called the police when they saw the knife fight though??? I used to try and explain why people should care about their neighbs and their environs... not anymore. When you see trash acting like they will and you have 4 bldgs invested in the neighb for more than 50 years through your families sweat and labor you get real intolerant all of a sudden. Scum comes in all colors and races. I don't want any of them in this neighb. Stay away from St. Nich and Starr St but anybody else who gives a shyt stop by and say hello I may even have an apt available lmao.

eddie: 24th May 2010 - 00:40 GMT

Pretty sad that some people think everyone in Bushwick are animals. But what can you do, thats the ignorant mindset of some. Cause everyone knows that if you live in Bushwick, you are probably a high school dropout and have no edumacation. Thank god for all these outta towners. Now bushwick will have have superior people living here. Thank god!!!!! And thank you all for saving the neighborhood. Everyone else is inferior. If you are spanish you know it's impossible for you to have an type of education. Everyone in bushwick is on welfare and cant read or write over a third grade level. The ignorance of some!!!! Having new people moving in doesn't help the community. It helps themselves. They couldn't care less about anyone but themselves or bringing bike lanes to Wycoff ave. They would love to have all minorities disappear. If anyone say otherwise, they are kidding themselves. I just wish the real people fo the community see how these people really look down on them. Not having a trust fund from rich daddy to pay for a $2500 studio on troutman, doesn't make you any better. These real estate agents all have one agenda, move in all outta towners. Gotta make that commission!!!!!!!

NYU: 26th May 2010 - 18:10 GMT

Reading these comments are both happy and sad for me. I was born in Bushwick in 1964 and I lived on Irving Ave. for many years. I attended P.S. 86 and St. Brigid School on Grove St. and Grover Cleveland H.S. Some of my best memories of my childhood are from those days. I can remember the shops on Knickerbocker Ave. especially the bakery, Circo's. Back in those days Knickerbocker park was a place for families to go to on the weekends. In my teens my family moved to Ridgewood, right on the border of Brooklyn. I lived there till 2000 and then I moved. By then I felt I needed a change and headed south. 10 years later and I still miss some of the things from back home. Brooklyn had some of the best pizza one could find and let's not forget the Italian pastry. Now I can't get good pizza or pastry or even good Italian food. So for those of you who wonder what it's like to live in Brooklyn consider the things you will have by living there that you can't get anywhere else. As far as being safe, the truth of the matter is that you are never truly safe anywhere you are. There is good and evil in every neighborhood. It's your responsibility to do the best you can to keep yourself as safe as possible. Crime happens in "good" neighborhoods too. So enjoy the neighborhood and all it has to offer and just live life to the fullest.

Bb2ru: I second your thoughts NYU, enjoy!!!

Me, me, meeeeee!!!: 18th Jun 2010 - 14:13 GMT

Hi to NYU...I too lived on Irving Ave. and attended P.S. 86 (Mrs. Verone aka Chicken legs was the principal). I also attended St. Brigids. I still go back and shop on Knickerbocker from time to time. Wonder if I know you?

Bushwick Ave. & Flushing Ave.: 26th Jun 2010 - 02:18 GMT

I used to work in the liquor store at 451 Bushwick Ave. right off of Fushing Ave. across the street from Bushwick Projects. Today the liquor store is not there anymore and it became the location of a chinese newspaper. Bushwick Beer used to be across the street with is now the spanish restaurant. In the 70's & 80's & early 90's this part of town was like vietnam. I have many stories to share especially after working in a liquor store.

Bb2ru: 26th Jun 2010 - 12:03 GMT

I remember that liquor store, wasn't there a gas station on the other corner? That place was famous for boones farm apple wine, wild irish rose, mad dog 20-20,night train and black berry brandy!!! those were the days. Oh and La piraqua too.

anon ( 27th Jun 2010 - 22:30 GMT

Bb2ru...You are correct! The gas station across the street is still there but it is now a full gas station & convenience store. Much different than how it looked years ago. There was a RIP mural on the wall in that gas station for my friends cousin. You are right. We sold a whole lot of Mr. Boston Blackberry Brandy, Wild Irish Rose, Night Train, Thunderbird, Boones Farm etc. We had people waiting outside at 8am for us to open up the store. There was definately a lot of activity on that block. I used to know a lot of people in that area who are not not here anymore. That liquor store & the people around it brings back a lot of GREAT memories.

Bushwick Ave. & Flushing Ave. : 27th Jun 2010 - 22:31 GMT

Bb2ru...You are correct! The gas station across the street is still there but it is now a full gas station & convenience store. Much different than how it looked years ago. There was a RIP mural on the wall in that gas station for my friends cousin. You are right. We sold a whole lot of Mr. Boston Blackberry Brandy, Wild Irish Rose, Night Train, Thunderbird, Boones Farm etc. We had people waiting outside at 8am for us to open up the store. There was definately a lot of activity on that block. I used to know a lot of people in that area who are not not here anymore. That liquor store & the people around it brings back a lot of GREAT memories.

NYU: 29th Jun 2010 - 21:19 GMT

Not sure if you know me or not. Anything is possible. I graduated St. Brigid in 1978 then I went to Grover Cleveland H.S. and graduated H.S. in 1982.

Hot Rod 00: 30th Jun 2010 - 14:54 GMT

This is to Elaine:
I used to date you a long time ago. I remember drinking coffee with your Dad after dinner before I went to work. I also remember wrecking my car and having it parked in your dad's garage. I hope all is well with your family. You can email and we can play catch up.

John Dereszewski: 3rd Jul 2010 - 13:17 GMT

Just a note or two about the Flushing/Bushwick intersection.

This was the site of an old colonial neighborhood called the Crosswalks. A tavern that was a center for local Tory activists during the Revolutionary War period and then served as Bushwick's Town Hall in the 19th century was situated at the northwest corner, in what is now a portion of Bushwick Houses. A blacksmith's shop, run by one of the area's chief supporters of Washington's army, was situated across the street, where the gas station now stands. Also, before it became a gas station, a movie theater was situated here. It did not, however, survive beyond the silent era.

The last traces of the Crosswalks disappeared just over 100 years ago. But I thought you would be interested to know what existed here before the days of housing projects, gas stations and cheap liquor stores.

Phil Nostrand: Where can I get heroin in bushwick?

Bb2ru: thanks John D. great history info.

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

anon ( 17th Jul 2010 - 06:23 GMT

Phil Nostrand, go to Manhattan for that Loser!!!

Sylvia Aviles: : 28th Jul 2010 - 19:40 GMT

I grew up in Melrose St. Corner Bushwick in the 60th. There was always something happening. But nothing as bad as I read here.I miss going back home, but I know it could never be home anymore. I have been living in germany for the last 36 years. I graduated from Eastern District Highschool 1964 and would be happy to have contact to anyone who knows me.

C Johnson: 3rd Aug 2010 - 02:46 GMT

I grew up on Bushwick between furman and grinte, went to P.S 45 back in 82-86 and went to Halsey from 87-89, I recently went back to Bushwick to visit friends actually I went to a wake. As for Bushwick it's up and coming and I'm glad to see that because change is always good, it might be hard but change is good. I like the diversity I'm seeing out there. Keep this site going.

Neidine: 4th Aug 2010 - 03:29 GMT

Hi Sylvia Aviles are your parents from Puerto Rico? Isabela Puerto Rico?

Neidine: Sylvia are you Tony and Thomas sister?

anon ( 8th Aug 2010 - 13:51 GMT

hey guys my name is Frank bianco
my family owned meatland and I was thinking about starting a blog about it. I sold it in 1980 when my dad passed. any comments questions or any former employes or customers I am redryder10@gmail

Sylvia Aviles Maschmann : 9th Aug 2010 - 12:14 GMT

HI Neidine, yes I'am so happy to find my roots again. Yes, my parents are from Isabela P.R an my brother are Tony an Thomas. I don't remember your name but if you give me some more information of your parents and from you, I would be happy.
I wait for your answer and hope to hear from you soon.

anon ( 18th Aug 2010 - 22:19 GMT

I remember a time (about 1965 or so), when I was staying with a good friend of mine, Ruben Figueroa at his home. At any rate, we had our first job. It was helping a milkman deliver his milk in the Bushwick area, to those in the apartments. We didn't get paid much for it, and only worked a couple of hours. But we thought it was really something great. But I remember we had to be up early in the morning, about 1:00 AM or so. Then walk down, in the snow and cold temperatures to a bar down on Broadway I believe it is. The bar of course was close at that time, but the proprietor saw us standing there outside, waiting for to go with the milkman. The proprietor of the bar motioned for us to come inside and get warmed up. He told us, he could serve us hard drinks, but could offer us a cup of coffee if we wanted it. We were so thankful for the nice warm place and the coffee. I remember even, my friend, one time when it was really cold, lent me his slick black trenchcoat to wear over my other coat, for to keep me warm and also dry. I wonder if anyone remembers having their milk delivered? Or remembers that bar on Broadway? It was right under the el. Also, still looking for my friend Ruben Figueroa and if anyone may know him. He had lived at Suydam Street back about 1965 or so. He had an uncle on Hart Street, between Broadway and Central Avenue. He himself had lived on Hart Street earlier years, across the street from his uncles. I think his Dad's name was Santos.

anon ( 20th Aug 2010 - 01:19 GMT

hey frank my cousin worked for meatland I remember walking by and you were out your window and you told me the shocking news that your father passed away. i'm not sure if it was onderdonk ave or woodward ave, where you lived. Yes my family use to shop there all the time, my Uncle Jack had a candy store on wilson btw jefferson st and troutman

joe p: 20th Aug 2010 - 01:33 GMT

I remeber, your father was a very nice man, he was always nice to people. (Frank Bianco) I remember he had his office overlooking the store I could still smell all the cheeses and the salami's and the olives, my family and many people that shopped at your fathers store referred to the store as "Bianco" not meatland,

Sylvia Aviles: 29th Aug 2010: 29th Aug 2010 - 12:24 GMT

Hi Neidine you wrote to me 4th Aug, and I answered 9th Aug. You know my parents and my brothers. Who are you? I would like to hear more from the old days. Please send me a note.

jerell: 31st Aug 2010 - 22:51 GMT

Bushwick exemplifies how gentrification, and mass commercialization came to re-create many different parts of New York over the past 50 years. Objectively (especially in areas bordering Maria Hernandez Park) their is both a disturbing and optimistic sentiment in the air, which is also manifest here amongst all the comments. The area is beautiful. Its enough to step back, consider the tree lined streets, the breeze and the traces of chicano and latino culture, to recognize why it was important to live there many years ago, and why it is becoming increasingly popular again; following the decline in the late 80's and 90's. Unfortunately, the popularity comes at the expense of all those raised here, and their families from up to three or four generations before. The place fell to pieces in the 90's, still haunted with stories of hooker and heroin lined streets, daily gun fights, stabbings, robberies, murders...all it takes is a little education in spanish, and one or two rides in a livery car service to hear some important stories about the terrain many people (yes, it is true, they are always young ignorant consumer citizens from everywhere but brooklyn) know nothing about, and simply want to live upon. So, at this point, WHAT IS DISTURBING IS NOT WHETHER BUSHWICK IS SAFE OR NOT, BUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE WITNESS TO THE DECLINE AND ERADICATION OF ITS ORIGINAL FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. And this is accompanied with an air of stupidity and fear amongst an enormously large group of pathetic and young artsy fartsy crowds, trotting across intersections in oversized heals and torn shirts, in increasing intervals. At night, sounds of latino families, cumbia and games of dominoes, are broken up by annoying bouts of laughter and senseless conversation by a closely bound flock of girls (who later complain about disrespect) stumbling to one of the two or three recently opened bars they traveled 'so far' east, just to see, in case they actually give in to the rumors, and end up renting one of the buildings quickly renovated by hasidic jews, or fat white irish men making profits at the expense of culture. but, no particular person is to blame, its the way the world works, so everyone should decide on their own how they want to approach the situation. rob or get robbed. rent or renovate. protest or move. watch or act. either way, breathing life into a neighborhood, does not have to occur at the expense of other, underprivileged lives.

NYU: 31st Aug 2010 - 23:23 GMT

Nicely put. But unless someone was actually living in Bushwick during its decline it is difficult for them to fully understand. During the 70's many immigrants left Bushwick not so much for the crime or the drugs but because they wanted a home of their own instead of continuing to live in a 6 family home. Most of the Italian immigrants moved to Long Island, discovering a place that they could buy a home with their own property to raise a family. I think this was mostly due to having a sense of feeling that they broke away from the label of being an immigrant. It was about personal growth. Unfortunately this left the area with a lot of vacancies and landlords needed to rent the apartments in order to pay their expenses. I'm sure that along with respectable families some not so respectable moved in bringing with them drugs and prostitution. Hence causing the decline of the 80's and 90's. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of growing up in Bushwick. Yes, the people I knew have all gone, the faces have changed and I can't go back in time to recapture the moments of my childhood but I'm glad I have those memories. It's time for the new people living in Bushwick to start making their own magical moments. Say hello to a neighbor, wave to the elderly person across the street or have a block party (if they still have those.) The neighborhood is just a bunch of buildings and on it's own it can't do anything. The neighborhood is what YOU make it.

anon ( 19th Sep 2010 - 17:32 GMT

Bushwick is great!!! LOVE BROOKLYN!!!

Dan Barnett: 23rd Sep 2010 - 22:30 GMT

Jerell, YOU ARE AN IGNORANT-AS-FUCK SOUNDING PERSON YOU KNOW THAT RIGHT? My guess is that you have spent YOUR ENTIRE PATHETIC LIFE conforming to what you think is... "right". Well let me tell you, idiot, that you are living a lie. Stop having opinions about everything and taking this world so seriously.

Lourdes Cruz: 26th Sep 2010 - 14:35 GMT

To start off to all ya people whom is talking what they don't know . I for one was born And raised in Brooklyn bushwick . And I'm living the live ,you people over here talking and don't here what's comeing out your mouth . Your life is what you make of it . You can do anything you sent your mind too. Just because you live in a fucked up place don't mean you become a fuk up . Because I know many people whome lived in better that comes out to be the bigges fuk up in the world . So for all you people talking shit about people whome are talking shit. please shut the fuk up and keep your comments to yourself. Thankyou have a good day

Cookie: 11th Oct 2010 - 22:21 GMT

I grew up in Bushwick in the 60's the neighborhood was always full of drugs and I remember being very sheltered by my folks. The fact is that there are may educated people in Bushwick and much ignorance. The problem in bushwick is not the lack of education, but the lack of people forming and being a community. Bushwick is coming back and it is coming back strong, but for our nieghborhood to be strong people need to stop being ignorant and teach our children how to live right.

Cookie: 11th Oct 2010 - 22:21 GMT

I grew up in Bushwick in the 60's the neighborhood was always full of drugs and I remember being very sheltered by my folks. The fact is that there are may educated people in Bushwick and much ignorance. The problem in bushwick is not the lack of education, but the lack of people forming and being a community. Bushwick is coming back and it is coming back strong, but for our nieghborhood to be strong people need to stop being ignorant and teach our children how to live right.

Bush to the Wick: 17th Oct 2010 - 19:46 GMT

you people are dumd, Bushwick still got the drug dealers, sellin that crystal, and you stilll got mad bloodz! Most of bushwick is bloodz. Poeple still get killed over here all the time. You niggas are just blinded by the media. On the real non of you very stay out in bushwick. Cuz if you did you'd get cut up like a rude bitch. Honestly do you know how many Murders go on counted for in NYC. Last in 2009 over here in bushwick i could tell you easily 10 gang related murder went on counted for. Thats cuz every one knows better not to snitch. I last least witnessed three of them on my own block, and heard about a few others from my niggas. People just gettin killed and no cops show up or nothing. bodys are just dumped somewhere. It might not be the the 80s or 90s but BK still goes crazy.

justme: 18th Oct 2010 - 19:56 GMT

wow! well the bloodz on my block all retired now collectin dat an mebbe da murders on ur block go "on counted" cuz don't noone give a shyt! an well da media thing i am totally confused about... like wtf ?

justme: 18th Oct 2010 - 19:58 GMT

oops! my badliadlio... there's is supposed to be an abbreviation for Social Security after the word "dat" above. Hence, it should read: collectin dat SSI.

Glad To Have Left!!!: 1st Nov 2010 - 13:17 GMT

OMG!!!! Everyone's talking about how bad the neighborhood is but all I'm seeing is that no one speaks English in Brooklyn anymore. No wonder it has gone to hell. Learn to speak English and educate yourself instead of writing "dat, ur, cuz, on's uncounted." I hate to tell you but you get judged by society for the way you speak. Keep speaking this way and you'll never get anywhere in life. That's reality. Have a nice day!

From the Hood: 9th Nov 2010 - 01:34 GMT

My family moved to Bushwick in the late 70's. I was 7 at the time and remember being looked down upon because I was Hispanic in an Italian neighborhood, in fact my mother had to lie that she was Italian to get our apartment! I saw our block, Halsey between Irving and Knickerbocker Avenues change to completely Hispanic after an Italian grocery store owner was killed by a Puerto Rican man. I remember the Puerto Rican gang that we were all afraid of and coming in contact with one of the members who tried to rob me. I remember hating the block because there was so much loud music all the time, there were always fights, yelling, drinking and lecherous old men hitting on young girls. My parents still live there, its been over 40 years. Over the years I have seen so many people move in and out. The neighborhood has always been transient. It is like a stop over, on the way to something better or simply getting away from something bad. Everyone knows everyone's business as many people live their life in the street, there isn't money for much else. My parents tried to keep us from hanging out in the streets as much as they could. Eventually, once we got to High School, this was inevitable. I remember the house parties we would go to cutting out of school, shopping on Knickerbocker Ave, drinking old E, taking the M train to Myrtle and Broadway to hang out with friends or the J to Van Siclen to meet up with friends and walk to Hylan Park. The summer jobs at the Youth Employment Program in a building that no longer exists. The block parties in the summer, the pizzerias, bakeries, cuchifritos, piraguas and coquitos, the smells and sights of life being lived. I loved the autumn wind that blew crunchy leaves to my feet as I made my way towards the Bushwick H.S. library on Irving Ave. I went to school upstate, then came back home during the crack epedemic when you would see crack-heads lined up outside of crack houses to get their fix along Knickerbocker Avenue. When I visit my parents, I now see more buildings being gut renovated on the block for the new transient group. Growing up there will always stay with me not as good or bad but as just part of who I am. Change is inevitable, it is what has bought us here and will determine where we will go to next. I definately feel nostalgic every time I go down Bushwick streets and see the change but I don't feel angry. The old Bushwick will always be within me as it is with others whose comments I just read. For those who want to stay on, take advantage of the city programs out there that can help.

Bb2ru: 9th Nov 2010 - 15:43 GMT

I also remember those good old days in the 70's growing up on Hancock street between Knick and Irving attending both Halsey JHS and Bushwick HS. Lots of changes since then, missed those block parties when all the neighbors would get together in the morning, sweep up the sidewalks move the cars off the block and set up the tables, good cold Reingold 8oz.and Piels real draft beers. I enjoyed watching people walk by my building enroute to St Martins Church on the corner of Knick and Hancock Sts on Easter Sunday displaying their new clothing (White Marshmellow shoes), even that persons who wore rags all year was nicely dressed up that Easter morning. Great memories.

brooklyn gal...: 24th Nov 2010 - 22:48 GMT

from a brooklynite to other brooklynites... my landlord is upping my rent to 3000 in the stuy and now I have to move and can only afford BWICK my cousins grew up on knickerbocker and thats where one got raped, daylight, in the basketball court... but that was in the awful 80's, but I still remember the domino playing family members and neighbors, white, italian, puerto rican and black all congregating... I was wondering, anyone know anything about Decatur towards Bushwick and Decatur between Bushwick and Evergreen avenues, I have an 18 year old who needs to work, she's not a trust fund baby.. and we're working class... so... any ideas, I've heard lots about muggings off the J train and the L train.... help! I have to move! I'm worried not because we walk around showing Ipods Iphones, or whatever, just because I only want to live and be happy not have to watch my back all the time, any info is great...

Mary : 26th Nov 2010 - 19:15 GMT

I was wondering if anyone remembered a bakery called Palermo & Canepa. It was the best and I know they moved at some point to Ridgewood. In memory, I can still taste their 5-7 layer Italian custard and whipcream cakes. Does anyone know if they are still open somewhere under a different name?


Joey: 30th Nov 2010 - 00:06 GMT

Shame people think Bushwick is full of lowlifes and white people moving in will better the neighborhood. Fact; the other nite got out of the Dekalb train station, everyone was paying their fare except for these "wonderful people" from other states. They were actually waiting for someone to come out so they could hold the door opensneak in and wouldn't have to pay. So give me this bullshit that people from bushwick are all lowlifes cause lowlifes come in ALL colors and languages, not just spanish!!!!!!!

Adult-in-Bushwick: 2nd Dec 2010 - 07:15 GMT

I have lived between Knickerbocker and Irving for the past 10 years - having lived here first in the 1970's and moved away to college. I graduated from Grover Cleveland High School. I have seen a big transformation in the last 3 years with may white professional and artistic people moving in. Seems like the only ones who are rented apts in the newly constructed or renovated buildings especially those on Irving Avenue bordered by Decatur and Halsey streets. It is as safe as and as dangerious as any other part of the city. I travel alone on the L train many, many times as early as (or as late as) 2am, 3am, 4am in the morning and have always felt safe (me and my handy pepper spray). It just takes common sense to be and feel safe.

Sgm: 11th Dec 2010 - 22:34 GMT

I grew up at 401 Cornelia St in the early 70's. At the time there was a train that ran
next to the house that carried building supplies to a
lumber yard; anyone recall?
Stick ball and a game called 'Skelsies' were played
every day on the street.
Went to Saint Bridgets elementary school. The Catholic
Brothers slapped us silly for misbehaving. Haven't been back in thirty
years. It's interesting and nostalgic reading all the posts.

Bb2ru: 12th Dec 2010 - 09:42 GMT

Was that the train that ran between Irving and Wycoff ave's.? I remember it use to make a stop on Halsey St and drop off lumber and continue to the end at Decatur St by the cementary. I also remember a plaid stamp store on Wycoff Ave where you use to redeem the stamps from A&P supermarkets for article such irons,toasters Etc.

anon ( 12th Dec 2010 - 18:13 GMT

The train did run through Halsey St and terminated at the lumber yard around the corner from Madison St; would that be Gates Ave? I left in 74 and my work took me all over the world, never had an opportunity to return. We hung out at a pool hall right next to a movie theater on Myrtle Ave. Fond memories, almost seems like an eternity ago. Schaeffer beer anyone?

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SGM: 13th Dec 2010 - 21:42 GMT

Don't recognize your crew, what time frame was this? I spent alot of time on Myrtle Avenue in the early 70's, haven't had decent Chinese food in 35 years!

Tony: 21st Dec 2010 - 05:49 GMT

I just spent about 8 days in Queens and visited the old Bushwick neighborhood. I had not been back to the neighborhood since 1978. I had done some looking around on the internet about the area, but was utterly blown away by what I saw when driving around. What a shit hole. When I was a kid on Troutman Street you could eat off the ground. Yes the 6 family tenaments were roach infested, but they were clean and well kept. The streets were clean. I left Troutman Street in 1964, because the city, in their wisdom, decided to tear down a whole square block to build a new school. Once that teardown began, the neighborhood deteriorated. Don't even get me started on Knickerbocker Avenue!!!

Sgm: 21st Dec 2010 - 19:36 GMT

I left the Bushwick area the same year (78.) Did you get a glimpse of Cornelia Street between Irving and Wycoff?
They were beautiful brick front homes, spent many an evening sitting on the stoop chugging Schaefer beer.

Bb2ru: Happy new year to all.

John: 6th Feb 2011 - 06:24 GMT

Wow! I just got through reading the comments here! What a flood of memories! I grew up in Bushwick from the late sixties to the early eighties. I lived at 237 Troutman Street between Wilson & Knickerbocker and went to St Joseph Patron at 181 Suydam Street. They had just changed the name to St Francis Cabrini the year before we graduated (I graduated in 1976) because they had just shut down St Bridget's and St Lenord's school and merged those kids with us! Boy were we mad!! But the girls were pretty! LOL! I remember the johnnypump showers (not very many people even know what a johnny pump is today) and I also remember that luchenette on Wilson Ave between Star & Troutman.We used to get the Daily News night edition at 9pm when they would deliver it to that luncheonette, it was only 10 cents back then. My uncle used to own a meat market right next to them, it was called Lenny's. IHS 111( we just called it 111 for short) was right there. I remember the Devil's Rebel's, Latin Tops, Sons of Italy and the Savage Skulls street gangs also. It was a tough neighborhood, but we survived. Skelzies, stoopball, and stickball were the favs. Does anybody remember Giagrosso's Pizza next to St Joseph's School? They had the best crust! Wow! What memories!

Bb2ru: 6th Feb 2011 - 09:51 GMT

Hey John check out this site, pics from the big fire in the 70's Knickerboker ave and Bleeker.

remember: 15th Feb 2011 - 21:41 GMT

yep, I rtemember the train, in fact when I was about 7 yrs old we visited my mothers friend who lived right next to the tracks. we were eating lunch and the train came right by the window. Greene between Irving and Wyckoff....

Dawn: 24th Feb 2011 - 02:08 GMT

I've lived in Bushwick for two years, near the Dekalb L train. I am a white female, 42. I have never experienced any problem safety-wise, and the people in the neighborhood (mostly Hispanic or Latino) are so nice. Because of my job, I routinely get home after midnight, and, again, never had a problem. Never experienced even a hint of resentment because I'm white. I had an elderly dog (recently passed away) I used to walk at all hours, never had a problem. I love the people of Bushwick, they're great. And the food can't be beat.
Listen, there are a lot of white people and others who HAVE to move out of Manhattan because they can't afford it. I had to move from the Manhattan place I lived in for over 35 years. It so happens Bushwick is much more affordable. The unfortunate thing is, landlords will raise rents (where does it end?) because they THINK "white" means money. What it means is 5 people living in an apartment meant for 1 or 2. That's Manhattan right now, where it is impossible to be able to afford an apartment of almost any size on a single income. Believe me, when Bushwick gets as popular as Williamsburg, I'll be pushed out too.

XX: 26th Feb 2011 - 13:59 GMT

We just arrived last night from NL to explore this part of NY in the coming 4 days. First impression is that it reminds me of Montreal. I like Bushwick, nice mixture of contrasts ans I sense good energy here.

Khristian Rivera: 10th Apr 2011 - 18:33 GMT

Well let me just update this real quick about my hood called (Bushwick). Bushwick is still over run by Puerto Ricans second will be Dominicans and third will be south americans. The area of Bushwick is not bad as it use to be back in the days when i was young. Now people can walk outside play dominoes drink some corona or budwiser and still enjoy yourself while listening to salsa music at the bodega when they be blasting their music mad loud thinking it a club in thier. lol anyways bushwick is getting expenisve the area is getting rebuild making it more a nice area to live. but if anybody would like to have me as thier friend on facebook request me

Xtine: 17th Apr 2011 - 06:43 GMT

Before you move to Bushwick, check out your landlord!!! Mine has provided a terrible apartment for the past 3 years and now I'm moving! I rated him on here:

Use this site and get all your friends to start using it, it's important! You don't want to get stuck with a landlord like mine!

Nery: 20th Apr 2011 - 16:12 GMT

Like some here was thinking of the neighberhood,( P.S. 53 and St. Joseph Church what has become and come across this site !!! Wow, what memories this brings back. Before moving back to Puerto Rico in 1962 before the school was knock down. I grew up in a house that my parents owned on 26 starr st.( I googled it and it's still there) right across P.S. 53 until 1962, I atended K thru 5th. grade , my first grade teacher Mrs. Lamase. I made my first communion and confirmation at Joseph, I remember the festivals thay had and visiting the nuns convent, remember hearing the marching band of the school practice on the cement school yard, the phamarcy fountain chocolate soda and nearby penny and nickel candy store, I can almost taste those button candies on paper and those gummy lips and little gum shape mini bottles filled with colored flavor drink. Fond memories of my mother walking to Knickerbocker shopping area and coming back with a hot pretzel, also going with mom to buy fresh meat. The movie theater watching a movie about Mickey Mantel and a park nearby and visits to the library. I recently return to N.Y. as a tourist with my husband from Illinois and had my cheesecake at Juniors and caught a Yankees game and ending the trip with a Broadway show seeing West Side Story which my husband loved. Thanks for the memories - I love new York and Brooklyn.

marion: 2nd May 2011 - 18:59 GMT

Sweet memories Nery!!! Brooklyn was the BEST!!!

DanielZ: 19th May 2011 - 01:25 GMT

I'm considering getting a place on Van Buren St, between Broadway and Bushwick Ave. I don't see much about this part of Bushwick in the comments. Can anyone tell me more about this area?...Its culture, entertainment, safety...?

anon ( 10th Jun 2011 - 00:31 GMT

It's too bad we have situations where people with money move into lower income neigborhoods and push out lower income people because they can't afford to stay because of the rents going up. I always thought people should live and make sure they take care of their neighborhoods the best way they can and be proud of where they live. You want to bring in new businesses, restaurants, shops and anything else to serve the neighborhood. But if the end result is, your neighborhood gets so much better that you end up not being able to afford to live there, where's the incentive to improve your neighborhood?

anon: 10th Jun 2011 - 00:35 GMT

How do you make neighborhoods like Bushwick, Brownsville, East New York, Bed Stuy better places to live and have the good hard working people who are already there stay there.

Chas: 10th Jun 2011 - 18:41 GMT

The best way to improve a neighborhood is for everyone to get off of Wellfare and Food Stamps. Because as long as you get handouts from the Government, they will control you, there's no way out. If you want to be totally free, you must take care of yourself.

JZ412: 17th Jun 2011 - 22:30 GMT

My mother grew up on Irving at Starr. My grandparents still lived there up until 1960. I spent many days there as a child. I loved that neighborhood with it's easy access to (then) Knickerbocker Park with it's swimming pool.

That particular area was predominately Italian at the time. The trucking depot on Troutman, between Irving and Wyckoff, was an Italian social club back then. There were, as I recall, two bocci courts there. Cool place - cheap beers and vino, bocci, and shuffleboard. I wouldn't mind hanging there now.

I could not believe what was happening on Troutman in the late 80's and early 90's. The cops moved in because, according to a NY Times two part story in the late 80's, Troutman and Knick was the worst drug corner in the city. And let's not ever forget the death of Maria Hernandez.

My grandparents era is even longer gone then the manufacturing jobs in New York and the old breweries in Brooklyn. Those hard working, immigrant, ultimately successful working class people would struggle a lot more in contemporary New York. They went through the Depression, but longer term, today's climate is as toxic as the Depression. Almost minimum wage service jobs will not lead to upward mobility across the boards. A country that does not put an emphasis on producing tangible products with value will decline. Niegborhoods like Bushwick need a vibrant economy with real jobs that pay real wages for real work. That's what would make all boats rise. Government subsidies for financial vaporware that almost destroy the global economy have to go. More subsidies of business incubators along the post industrial waterfront are needed.

mike: 24th Jun 2011 - 15:38 GMT

Is there anyone who grew up in Bushwick in the 50's.It was great then
My grandmother lived on Starr between Central and Wilson ave.My family
and i lived on Central ave between Troutman and Jefferson ave.A few
doors down from Palermo's Bakery.We would go to the movies theater on
Knickbocker ave and troutman st.Those were the best of times.....

elcuco01: 4th Jul 2011 - 16:12 GMT

i lived at 1322 halsey st btw knick & irving in the late 60's & when it was still mainly german & italian but was turning latino. area was still known as ridgewood bklyn. many people were employed in local factories & there was plenty of jobs & also many, many bars. tyroler haus was on eon wycoff & george streets. i was in my mid-teens & was in a latino gang, the black diamonds. there were teen gangs everywhere in those days. the area went down the tubes , especially after the 77 blackout. however, since 9/11 the area has seen a revival with the hipsters taking up family moved out in 1978 but i work for the mta-nycta operating area bus routes.i beleive the area is making a comeback & once again be a good place to raise a family.

Bb2ru: hey cuco what school did you go to?

John Dereszewski: 9th Jul 2011 - 12:58 GMT

Interesting comments elcuco01. Since you grew up in this area in the 1960's, I was wondering whether you were aware that the nearby blocks bounded by Halsey, Wyckoff, Irving and Covert once hosted a baseball park - called Wallace Field - that only closed in 1925. Perhaps some of your older neighbors remembered it and might have shared their memories about it with you. Anyhow, just wondering.

I also agree that your old neighborhood was definitely considered to be part of Ridgewood at that time and that the community is very much on the way back.

Loretta Marino: 22nd Jul 2011 - 19:03 GMT

I grew up On Himrod St, between Knickerbocker and Irving from 1946 to 1966. Most of the people on the block were Sicilian and on Sunday everyone ate dinner between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. First we had Sauce, meatballs, sausage, macaroni and then we had chicken or a roast. (that was for 4 people)...Went to St Joseph's for Sunday mass, brought home italian bread from the bakery on Wilson Ave. Ate both ends of the bread before I got home. Many good memories of my youth.

Andrea Bradby Hubbard: 27th Aug 2011 - 09:54 GMT

Hello people, you see my name...;-) Im looking for an old friend. We did basic traning together in 1980 and AIT in 1981. Her name was Diedra Riddick. She was from Brooklyn NY, Bushwick projects. I last saw her in Germany 1982 Stuggart. She was my dawg. Shawty was the ruff necvk if u know what im saying. Anyway Im looking for her. I know she had a little brother last guy she was dting was name Sly. Please If You know of her call me email me Im tryiong to find u .

JD: 3rd Sep 2011 - 11:31 GMT

Hi All...this is a great thread and need some advice. I currently live in Bushwick, but northern (Willoughby and Wilson) and my husband and I are looking to buy in the neighborhood. We found a great apartment by the J Halsey stop. Is this area safe? I tried walking around at different points in the day, and have to say it was sketchier than I had hoped. This would be the main factor in buying the place or not. He works nights a lot, and we want to start a family so would this be a good investment neighborhood? Safety is primary concern. Thanks!

maggie: 8th Sep 2011 - 19:26 GMT

Hey what's up? if you frequent this thread give me a holla and let me know if you were ablet o communicate with your daughter or Ex. Hope you were, God Bless and take care.

Progrock71: 24th Sep 2011 - 02:03 GMT

It's awesome to see posts still being made on here 2 years after I posted! And I think it's great to get the perspective of people who lived there in the 50s & 60s - goes to show how much a place can change in such a short time (from 60s to 80s).

Anyone live around Hart street and Central/Wilson in the 80s? Wondering about a girl I knew that lived there named Maritza... had a brother who's real name I can't remember but his nickname was Fuche... and her dad was the only "grown up" we'd ever seen back then who rode a skateboard! I think they moved out of the city in 1990 or so... shortly after I moved out of the neighborhood.

Progrock71: 24th Sep 2011 - 02:06 GMT

To Elaine R. I remember your dad's bakery! Did you guys also have like a small storage/factory space on Hart Street as well?

Bronxguy: The Bronx Rocks....

anon ( 25th Oct 2011 - 18:03 GMT

i grew up in bushwick projects, back then things were rough, now everything has changed. theres cafes everywhere and alot of cultures are joining our community, rent is increasing because of this. i would reccomend for everyone to expose themselves to this type of oppurtunity !

anon ( 25th Oct 2011 - 18:03 GMT

i grew up in bushwick projects, back then things were rough, now everything has changed. theres cafes everywhere and alot of cultures are joining our community, rent is increasing because of this. i would reccomend for everyone to expose themselves to this type of oppurtunity !

maddy: 24th Nov 2011 - 16:01 GMT

Hello! I think I am a real old timer. I grew up on 16 Star Street during the 50" and 60ies. It was a decent,respectful, hardworking neighborhood. Iwent to P. S. 53 across the street, (remember Mr.Gussow, Miss Kittens, Miss Oatman?) and then Willouby jr.H, S.. Iremember The Star theater, The A & P All the stores on Knickerbocker Avenue. The neighborhood was diverse:3rd and 4th generations of Germans, Irish, all kinds of Italians,few Puertorricans, some Jewish. But we children were all the same, American kids.There was some prejudice but not in your face. It was called Richmond then. Isend my love to those from the past and you who live in the present. You are all my brothers and sisters.

maddy: Thank you Jamie and Peter Caveat.

Bb2ru: 26th Nov 2011 - 14:31 GMT

Maddy, your right, I also agree with your comments, those were the good old days, I wish they came back. all the best!!!!!!!

LMNOP: 24th Dec 2011 - 02:26 GMT

The comment above was written by some POOR WHITE TRAILER PARK TRASH. Go back to where you are from and leave OUR neighborhood. We don't want you here. HILLBILLY

Tina: 31st Dec 2011 - 00:49 GMT

I was born in Wyckoff Heights Hospital in 1954, lived at 315 Jefferson St. until 1965. We lived in
a 4 rooms railroad apartment in an 8 family house. I went to P.S. 123 and to JHS 119 and Grover Cleveland H. S when we moved to Glendale, Queens. Reading all your posts brings back memories. I remember the Pretzel Factory, best pretzels ever, the toy factory where we would look in their trash for troll dolls with no hair. Play double dutch, hopscotch, stick ball and stoop ball. Memories it was a safe neighborhood then, going to the Starr Movies on Saturdays and playing at the park. It was
safe during the day. Their was junkies hanging out at the pool hall on Jefferson St and knickerbocker Avenue. We were always careful around them., sometimes they would come into the park and then everyone had to leave. I remember playing on the roof. Never went to Cypress pools,
we took the train to Coney Island. I had good memories of living in Bushwick, we moved because my
mother was pregnant with her fifth child and it was too crowded. The pizza and the rice balls at a bakery on knickerbocker ave. The italian pastries and semolina bread. I went to St. Leonard church
and at St. Joseph which had the feast each year and the Candystore next to the Park which had the best egg creams. Going trick or treating on Halloween,, going floor to floor in the apartment building,
it was safe then. Happy memories. 6th Feb 2012 - 19:44 GMT

Any one remember the bar on Woodbine abd Central? Myfamily owned it from the 1890's to 1956.

anon: 29th Feb 2012 - 20:51 GMT

to barbara leone
look up on you tube - city of churches, st. barbara's.

Jayjoy: 11th Mar 2012 - 05:56 GMT

I have been seeking information on the history of an apartment building. A three story yellowstone with bay windows on Hart Street. 829 Hart Street. I am interested in a particular ghost story I heard from a passerby. Anybody?

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Patty H.: 9th May 2012 - 18:00 GMT

Would love to hear from Joyce, Patty L., Joy, RoseAnne, Patty V, Nicky M, Tommy L.
Remember all the fun we had on DeSales Place back in the sixties. Our Lady of Lourdes, Cypress Pool, Brighton and Rockaway beaches, Madison Theater, Ridgewood Theater, Wesson's, Safeway, the cemetary, Myrtle Avenue.

Raquel: 28th May 2012 - 21:16 GMT

im looking for my birth mother, im a 29 yr old fml does anyone remember a young lady by the name of candace or street name candy or candyman she was african american with a high yellow complextion. she frequented evergreen ave, dekalb ave, n the penny arcade i think also downtown brooklyn. im not quite sure where she lived, but i believe it was close to a beauty salon boarder bed stuy n bushwick. some of her acquaintances were a man named champ, rickey, n skip. any info on her or her family will be greatly appreciated . email

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mike hunter: 2nd Jun 2012 - 17:58 GMT

hi my name is mike hunter .i'm from ridgewood and bushwick n.y. these anyone rememeber me?

anon ( Raquel 8P

TOM: 26th Jun 2012 - 19:54 GMT

I grew up on Morgan ave and Johnson ave spent 17 yrs there. Went to PS.145 then Enrico Firmi JHS back in the late 50's early 60's. Sang doo wop on the subway on morgan ave. Walked up Nickerbocker ave anytime day or night.Played pool at grove billiards Went to the Starr Theater and also sold pretzels in knickerbocker park when I was 12. Bought our Italian pastry at circos. All we did was play ball from sun up to sun down 7 days a week. I grew up with black puerto rican italian irish jewish chinese german friends we were tight friends worst case scenerio was a fight would break out when we used to rank on each others moms but we would be playing ball the next day like nothing happened. That was a nieghborhood if you had a soda and went outside you would have to say thumbs down no haygies or you would have to share with everybody that said haygies. I used to drag a cart around with me and go to the factories and collect the 2 cent deposit bottles to get some 5 cent devil dogs or a soda. And making out with a girl was the shit you talked about for weeks. WE had the nieghborhood winos and the junky or 2 but you knew who they were and you ignored them. We were tough kids surviving in big families but we had pride in family and trying to do shit right. I could never replace those years in brooklyn, nor would I want too have grown up anywhere else. It has molded me into the man I am today and there ain't any racial ethnic or social situation that I cant relate too. I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in a socially and ethnically diverse enviornment an education that you can not buy it is an education you have to live. Now residing in North Carolina

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mike ramos: 29th Jun 2012 - 22:40 GMT

Ya got me missing home i grew up buck town in the 80/90s right on the coner of stanhop and irving theres no place like home no matter what

Boricua from Brooklyn July 4, 2012: 4th Jul 2012 - 19:59 GMT

Wow, great memories growing up in Brooklyn on Wilson Ave bet Halsey and Wierfield - 1964 was a good era - safe and clean - WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED? I still love NY - that's where it all began in this former great nation NYC at St Pauls Chapel by Ground Zero. I want to see the sykamore tree replanted. O God HELP us to REPENT For turning from you.

mike hunter: mike hunter from bushwick n.y.

mike hunter: mike hunter from bushwick n.y.

Who remembers: 23rd Jul 2012 - 23:34 GMT

The Bianco Lina man delivering bleach to the Italian homemakers......In those gallon glass jugs.

Tom "Smitty" Smith: 25th Jul 2012 - 14:58 GMT

Hi all you fellow commrades from Bushwick. All your comments really bring back memories of the neighborhood. I grew up on Evergreen ave between troutman st. and willoughby ave. I went to PS53 before it became PS111. I went to PS145 for a year until PS111 was built. I went to Bushwick HS and graduated in 1970. has anyone been back there lately?

Tom \\\: 25th Jul 2012 - 16:16 GMT

PS. I was in love with Carmen "Penny" Lozada, my best friend Santo Lozada's sister. If you're out there I'd love to hear from you.

Tom "Smitty" Smith.

Dillon: 10th Sep 2012 - 03:51 GMT

I currently live on Jefferson St between Wilson and Knickerbocker. I moved here from a very suburban neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona. I lived there from the time I was born until I graduated college- then just over a year ago I moved to Bushwick. The first week or two, I would always look behind me every 10 steps as this neighborhood was not quite what I was used to. However, those scared feelings diminished very quickly. Even coming home late at night, there are still families out on their stoops at night, and there are always some people walking the streets between bars, etc. I have never once felt unsafe in this neighborhood. I even convinced my sister to move out here with me recently, and she loves it. I find it a combination on recent white move-ins from the rising rent prices in Williamsburg and hispanic families. From what I have heard, it was very rough in the 80's, but has been cleaned up a lot over the last 10-15 years. I will go through and make a list of some of these corners that some people would like to see and take some pictures. Some will be posted sooner than others since they are en route to the bus stop that I take to work.

Tom \\\\\\\\\\\\: 11th Sep 2012 - 18:43 GMT

Hey Dillion, I'm glad to hear you're enjoying Bushwick. I grew up there from 1950 - 1974, then moved to Bensonhurst, then to long island and now I'm in sunny Floroda. It was a nice place for me to grow up and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I recently got nostalgic and looked on the internet for pictures of Bushwick and came across my old church on Bushwick Ave, St. Marks. I could not believe it was still standing. That picture brought back many memories. I would like to see some of the pictures you take. Thank you.

Joan: 4th Nov 2012 - 06:01 GMT

I was born at Wycoff Heights Hospital. Lived on Menahan St. from 1954-1965. I went to St. Brigids. We moved to Ohio when my dads company moved from NYC to ohio. I have fond memories of growing up there. Things were starting to get rough the last few years. Gangs and fighting were more and more frequent. We were scared of the gangs doing "dope" We had no idea what dope was. I sometimes wonder how my 4 sisters and 1 brother and I would have turned out if we hadnt moved. We actually moved out of our apartment at 252 Menahan st the night of the big blackout of 65.

S m b: 13th Dec 2012 - 08:27 GMT

I was raised in bush wick all my life Irving n Stanhope you ask anyone about Stanhope st we the best.growing up all I remember playing tops Chinese all the good games.if you ever saw the movie goodfellas I lived it across from me was a funeral home never a funeral feel me all Italian everyone happy on every block you'll see butcher store and candy stores little old Italian ladies dressed in black as long as I remember lets not forget all the cafe all like fam irvingave was a two way so was knickerbocker ave yes bush wick was rough but not evil it's a jungle baby we adapt feel me I end this by saying bush wick we the best baby if anyone remember the Chinese restaurant on knickerbocker n Stanhope 2floor if you grew up in bush you. Know that place lets not forget sweet ruby roller skating ring in 80s wow I miss those days good old days I can go on and on I end this by saying nothing beats the free lunch in the summer ps.86 Irving n Harman miss those days guys lets not forget Peter Lugers not in bush wick but its home to one love people s m b all day baby

Bb2ru: 22nd Dec 2012 - 15:32 GMT

I'm trying to locate a girl who used to go by the name of "Candy" her real name is Christina Payne, used to hang around Broadway and Myrtle Aves in the 70's, had a baby girl who she never met. Her duaghter is trying to locate her mom.Thanks

hector: 23rd Dec 2012 - 19:34 GMT

i lived at 1322 halsey st. back in the late 60's. the area was at one time know as ridgewood, brooklyn but in the 70'referred to as bushwick. when i was there it was german & italian but in transition with the arrival of Latinos. there were many factories in the immediate area & so work was plentiful. i remember the freight train that ran through halsey alll the way to palmetto. no longer in operation. i had a good friend named carlo, who had 2 sisters , palma & diane, and they lived in the bldg right next to the tracks. the 1977 blackout was an atomic bomb to that area along with the city-wide drug epidemic.with all this talk about legalizing marijuana, are the politicos crazy. we all know that IS the first step.

hector: 23rd Dec 2012 - 19:41 GMT

i used to go out with a girl named hilda lugo & she lived on cornelia btwn k/bocker & wilson.had sister named november 1968, i had a fight with a creep on halsey btwn k/bocke & irving. i was 16 at the time & me this dude puched away at one another for @ 20 minutes. this was at nite time & the whole block seemed to be watching. it was right in front of the italian grocery store in the middle of the block. the b26 bus detoured because of the huge crowd. the on;y people that werent watching was my own family.

Hector: 26th Dec 2012 - 01:17 GMT

I was born on Jefferson st between bushwick and broadway in 1969 and moved to melrose st with my parents in 1974. I'm 43 years old and the kids in the neighborhood used to call me Logan. I moved out In 1988 and just recently came back. It is disgusting the way these investors are using pressure tactics to get the seniors who have been living in these apartments for 30 to 50 years out. Someone needs to do something. It's not right.

anon ( 26th Dec 2012 - 14:31 GMT

After reading all the comments about Bushwick, My heart was sad to see so much crime in that area.You know what? It's a true saying,"Hurt people, hurts people.The love for many has waxed cold. I enjoy coming to New York just to visit only. But, having to live in a place where you are afraid to walk the streets is so ungodly. But,Many of you who read this may not agree with me, but, that's okay.Everyone has an opinion.But the truth is the wages of sin is death. That's Bible. Don't get mad at me. The Word of God is true and it will not return back to Him void.My question to you and all who read this. Where is the love? Why is there so much hatred,prejudice,jeoulsy,envy, and strife among the people.Why hurt people? Vengences is mind said the Lord, I shall repay.By the way, I lived in Brooklyn, it was bad then and it has gotten worse. people kill people,people hurts people.And the sadness about this is you are destroying not only others but yourself as well. How does all this makes you feel on the inside. here's a word for us all.CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, LORD AND RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT IN ME.

anon ( 26th Dec 2012 - 14:57 GMT


Murphy: 30th Dec 2012 - 08:18 GMT

I am searching for a sister name rosina WDs from bushwick houses. we use to go to school together. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We attended school (FYC) in Brooklyn in the mid 80's.

Louise: 2nd Jan 2013 - 03:21 GMT

I'm searching for some information where I use to live when I was 5 years old. I want to go back just to see what it looks like today 55 years later... My dad owned a candy store and across the street was an elementary school on Wilson Avenue. I don't remember what streets we were between and since my parents are both gone, I have no way of finding out. The candy store was in the center of the block, across the street was an elementary school and a few blocks down was a funeral home. Does anyone have any idea where this would be ? Any info would be appreciated.

Bb2ru: 2nd Jan 2013 - 11:45 GMT

Louise I think it could be Wilson Ave off Putnam Ave and Madison Street across from PS 106

anon ( 2nd Jan 2013 - 17:42 GMT

Happy new year to all,hoping and praying that this year will be a turn around for all who wants to make a change for the better in life.get together and show all that bushwick can be a better place to live,it can become a safe enviornment for family,friends,children,and even those you call your's not about what your neighborhood can do for you,but, what can you do for your neighborhood. let's make this a better place to live. this is a new beginning,and it all starts with toward cleaning up your block, get rid of the trash,if you know what i mean,if you don't it will get bigger and grow larger. it so sad that our childern of this generation is no longer safe.and please do not kill,guns do not kill people, people kills people. Martin Luther King was a great man of God.Vengences is mine saith the Lord, I shall repay. and He will. Martin L. King work was not in vain.He fought a good fight,and He will get to stand before God and here God say Well done thy good and faithful servant. our life here is temporary on this earth,but there's another life, eternal,'s our choice,which one do you choose.You know what, I really wanted to say something else about Bushwick but I just started to type these words.Songwriter wrote a song,what the world needs now is LOVE.and another crazy fool said, what's love got to do with it? Love has a lot to do with it. Love covers a multitude of sin.The greatest commandment of all is Love.Do you really what to change? Well, may bushwick become a better place to live in 2013.May God Bless All Of You in 2013.

Larry Tito Romero: 6th Jan 2013 - 03:46 GMT

I lived in Bushwick most of my life on Linden street between Wilson and Knickerbocker Avenues. It was great especially in the late 60's and early 70's. If there is anyone else who lived on Linden during that time please hit me up on Facebook. Just look me up by my name. And if the Perez family (Raymond, Hilda or Martha)is anywhere out there, please make contact with me I have been think about you guys for many years and would like to know you are all okay. Bushwick is a great neighborhood, you just can't be a punk and think you can survive.

Larry Tito Romero: 6th Jan 2013 - 04:09 GMT

Hello John: 6th Feb 2011 - 06:24 GMT, I remember those days very well. I went to JHS 111 and was in the Latin Tops, before going into the Marine Corps in 1974. Lots of great memories on this link, I love it. Anyone from this era is welcomed to request me as a friend on facebook. Just look me up by my name. I would love to share memories and see how old friends and neighbors are doing. Bushwick was a great place to live and the memories are great!

anon ( 26th Jan 2013 - 21:23 GMT

anyone here from troutman st?

Barbara: 12th Feb 2013 - 16:42 GMT

I lived at 104 Wilson . My friends were Fran D, Marie C, Diane C, Barbara Guster , Dora L. I Went to P.S.53 My teachers were Mrs. JOLLY, Mrs.LaMAY,Mr CURT,Mrs Romano. I have wonderful memories growing up in Brooklyn Miss it so sad neighborhood changed.

My name is William Medina: 24th Feb 2013 - 02:44 GMT

I was born in Bethmoses Hospital in Brooklyn N.Y. I lived on 154 Floyed St. Then I moved to Pulaski St. From there we moved to Harrison Place, where I stayed until I was married in 1962. I when to public school 55, on Floyed and Marcy Ave, Jr.. high school 148, William J Gaynor Jr.. high school 49, Eli Whitney, then New York School Of Printing in Manhatten N. Y. While living harrison place, I was with a vocal group called the Epix. We first got together in 1956. We were first introduced on stage by Dion from the Belmont's. We went to Coney Island on the weekends and sang under the board walk. We had a girl with us called Marilyn. The members were Robert Schlosser, Vito Pandolpho, William Medina, Clifford Michael's, and, Eddie, Regan. Three of us were from Brooklyn and one was from Manhatten, and one from The Bronx. I knew a girl named Kathleen Sine, Veronica Shine, and Patricia Shine. I've been trying to locate them. They lived in 98 Harrison Place, in Brooklyn NY, around the year 1958. Their was also a young girl named Betty Lou, that also lived in that same house. I would like to find out where they are located now? If you are still around, remember I married Theresa Stecker. You can find me on face book. I live in PA. in a town called Easton, Pa. zip code 18042. If you get this message email me at I would love to here from you to find out how you are all doing, I hope well. Theresa an I would like to hear from you. With love Willie and Theresa.

NYU Journalism: 2nd Mar 2013 - 01:47 GMT

Hey all, if you live in Bushwick or used to live in Bushwick, contact me! Working on an interactive project about the area.

gaw at nyu dot com

anon ( 11th May 2013 - 03:30 GMT

does anyone remember a woman that went by the name khandi i believe it was an aka

Bruce: 31st Dec 2014 - 04:41 GMT

Hello Joan. Browsing through the site for the first time, and got excited after seeing your address. We were your neighbors, Charlie, Bruce, Jerry, and Debbie. Everyone is still in NY. We had a great time playing outside, always with window or stoop supervision. The games we played are a thing of the past. You left before being exposed to the daily violence and the all to frequent fires. I remember Pat, FRAN, and Frankie. Hope all is well. Be safe.

joep: 11th Jan 2015 - 18:45 GMT

My family moved to bushwick from sicily in 1968, 72 wilson avenue between Jefferson and Troutman sts.,then in 1972 where i lived was a fire that burned 22 apts,then we move to jefferson st (around the corner), between central and wilson ave,went to school 145,it was a cool neighborhood I remember, circos, Meatland, hart lanes bowling alley which I hung out almost every night from 1972 to 1977, but mostly was playing games such as stoop ball, punch ball, two hand touch football, freeze tag, skellys,hide the belt, johnny on the pony, in the hot weather johnny pumps were all opened, hanging out on the stoop all hours of the day/night,I could go on and on,great memories,unfortunately,I lost contact with all my friends that I hung out with.

Sharon: 6th Feb 2015 - 00:28 GMT

Please tell me about Today's Bushwick. I have a musician HS classmate living there. Haven't seen for 40 years. He has lived there that long. We are from the Midwest. I am 63. Year old, Caucasian female. Never been to NY. Strait, not a drinker or drugs. Love music and art. Little nervous to go to the big city. Is Bushwick a safe place? He told me you need to be NY wise to go there. Would only go for about 2 weeks. Would need an inexpensive place to stay.

Any and all info would be appreciated. Not really prejudging, just careful.

Reason: 6th Feb 2015 - 02:30 GMT

Sharon -- if you have to ask perfect strangers online about a place you've never been or researched... you should probably rethink your trip.

Good to know youre not a drinker or a drug-addict (!? wtf) and "love music and art.... Weirdo!

Adam: 24th Aug 2015 - 18:41 GMT

After reading these comments, I'm thankful my grandfather moved from there when he did. He grew up on Moffat St in Bushwick in the 40's and my mom was born somewhere in NY in 1957. It would have been interesting to come back there but the hood there is way different than the hood where I'm from. I took a stroll around the block using Google Maps...that's as close as I'm getting lol

Rick : 28th Feb 2016 - 22:49 GMT

I lived on wilson ave. between moffit and cooper ave, mid 60's great place to live with mixed races never a problem for along with everyone

JohnMG: 28th Apr 2016 - 16:10 GMT

I lived at 137 Starr Street--right up from the Star movie theater and across from Knickerbocker Park--during the WWII. I went to PS 123 up on Irving Avenue across from the park. We used to go down to John & Al's for ice cream and malteds. During the war, old Italian men would spend Sundays arguing about the Mr. Roosevelt, Mussolini, and Hitler--most of t he men had sons in the war. During the holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter I would stuff
canolis at Canepa and Palermos' Pastry Shop on Central Avenue. The block between Knickerbocker and Irving was full of kids my age then (9,10, 11) and we played in the streets with our own homemade toys--for the boys it was mostly guns made from old wooden boxes and rubber bands. There were no, or nearly no, cars in the street back then, so kids had domain over their own lives--until we got called in for supper. PS 123 was a good school. Ms Jurger and Ms. Fair were tough teachers--Fair scared the hell out of us boys. We, my mother, sister and I left Starr Street in 46 and went to live on Jefferson Ave--by Saratoga and B'way where I became real good at stickball--along with Bobby Speaker, Bobby Stillwagon, the two brother from Cornella Street --and sometimes a few of the girls!
I got my real first overwhelming crush back then. Her name was Joanie--older then I. It was of course hopeless!
Her sister, Janice, was in my class at Franklin K. Lane. Three of us from Starr Street wound up with Ph.Ds: Charlie Liotta, Donald Calista and myself. My mother lived to 102, and I at 82 am in good health and still have the full use of my body. Blessed! I guess!

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