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So much has been going on lately…bars, restaurants, art spaces, lofts, DYI music venues. While the old ones leave, new ones come all the time. Despite all the changes, Bushwick has maintained its bohemian vibe, the vibe of creativity and community. We are all on an island; we’re in it together. It’s hard to explain this community feel to other people, but we know that you know. Bushwick has been accused of being in love with itself, and it’s most likely true in the best sense possible. We love Bushwick, and Bushwick loves us back…
It can be a challenge to keep track of all the places in Bushwick. Bushwick is so vast that the people who live along the JMZ train sometimes find it hard to follow what’s going on along the L train, and vice versa. New people, new places, old people, old unknown places…Bushwick Daily aspires to create a helpful resource that will always be on hand to all our readers. We are introducing the Bushwick Guide.
On the right side of our site you will always find categories of places. Just click on the category you’re interested in, and get a curated list of places in Bushwick. We have visited all of the listed places, and (for the most part) took all the photographs that will bring you right to the spot. Each entry will give you a couple of insightful tips and all the contact info you might need to connect with the place. We are starting with just handful entries, but we’re adding more and more place as we speak and will be adding more also in the future. Feel free to comment and share your experience with the spot. The categories will likely change in the future, as the Guide is work in progress. We are also very open to any suggestions you might have. Let’s share our knowledge.
Enjoy the Bushwick Guide!
Just right. That’s how the bar at the corner of Wilson Ave and George St feels. Cain’s Tavern is a bar with no other ambition than to be your neighborhood bar where you go after work and chill. It has a rather conservative interior and the bar is made of hard wood. A large mirror above the bar makes the tiny place look optically bigger than it actually is. Whiskey bottles are nicely lined up, windows face the street, and an old fashioned juke box plays your favorite song. Pop in for a hard day’s night for a Sweet Action Six Point for $5 or a glass of Jameson whiskey for $4.This place used to be a Puerto Rican speak easy back in the day…
name: Cain’s Tavern
address: 36 Wilson Ave, Bushwick
metro: Jefferson (L), Morgan (L), Central (M)
phone: (718) 326-2663
Tomahawk is what you call an absolutely unexpected lucky neighborhood find. How else would you explain this amazing hair&nail salon and a fashion store in one? Located at The Loom, Tomahawk will welcome you with truly original but cozy interior- dark walls, old fashioned photos, scissors and art work. Pleasant are also their prices (in comparison with hair salons in Williamsburg): $55 and up for female and $35 for male haircut. But what is really important is that their hairstylists are incredible! Let’s name celebrity Kristin Jackson aka Dimples from Oxygen’s show Hair Battle Spectacular for starters. Recently, this Bushwick gem has received a lot of (well-deserved) attention from the fashion magazines (Teen Vogue, Marie Clare) thanks to the brilliant nail art of Fleury Rose. The salon has a very pleasant homy atmosphere with adorable doggie Bandit sleeping on a couch or running around Chantal, the owner of Tomahawk. Make an appointment and you won’t be disappointed!
address: 10 Porter Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
metro: Morgan (L), Jefferson (L)
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 1-8:30pm; Sat 1-7pm, Sun 1-6pm, Mon 2-8:30pm
phone: (646) 399-6873
The Loom Gallery is an unlikely space with a rotating gallery that changes at its inaugural monthly event called First Fridays. The Loom Gallery is located at the entrance of the Loom Shopping Center where it’s always waiting to greet Loom visitors. The Loom Gallery features local Bushwick artists and includes everything from installations to paintings to sculptures and has even seen video and performance art pieces. To catch the Loom Gallery at its best, be sure to stop by the first Friday of every month and meet other Bushwickers!
<strong>Address: </strong>1087 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn NY 11237
<strong>Metro: </strong>Morgan (L), Central Ave (M)
<strong>Website: </strong><a href=”http://www.shopsattheloom.com/” target=”_blank”>http://www.shopsattheloom.com/</a>
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If you can imagine a hipster shopping mall then The Loom would come close to that. They have a lot of places you’d like to visit an even some that you couldn’t have imagined. The Loom shopping center is more than a mall, it’s a group of vendors at the heart of the Bushwick community. The Loom Shopping Center also hosts a variety of community events so check the calendar to know what’s going on or just drop by and meet some cool folks.
Address: 1087 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn NY 11237
Metro: Morgan (L), Central Ave (M)
If you’ve never been to the Green Village Junk Shop on Starr you’ve never properly been antiquing! I have found the most unique gifts for friends here. They offer up everything from furniture to houseware and glassware to art to tools to- well, let’s just say if you can imagine it, it’s probably there!
address: 276 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
metro: Jefferson (L), Dekalb (L)
phone: (718) 599-4017
Kave is the coffee and espresso bar at the Loom! A beautiful sprawling patio leads to the honey-hued interior that evokes an elegant getaway in the Southwest, decorated with large leather chairs and interesing metal fixtures, Kave is among the most lovely of coffee shops in NY. They not only carry some of the best inexpensive paninis like the soft-boiled, cheddar and sriracha mayo to start, but they also make many of their coffee ingredients. Try the in-house almond milk or any other of the various syrups. Furthermore, many of their amazing baristas (cough*** Tonto) can improvise to make some of the most delicious off-the-menu drinks! A must, the homemade toasted hazelnut milk mocha, its perfect!
address: 1087 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
metro: Jefferson (L), Morgan (L), Central Ave (M)
hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 am-8:00 pm Sat – Sun: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Nouveau Vieux offers up unique vintage finds, splashes of bright colors, and unique textures. One peak inside the shop that is quietly tucked away in the corner of the Loom and you’ll feel inspired to put an outfit together using beautiful threads you’d never thought you could rock before. You will also usually see owner Shelby dressed to the nines wearing her handmade jewelry. Strapped for cash? Then peruse the $5 bin for great finds! Also, don’t forget to ask to see the barbie-head rings or the re-worked vintage jewelry. Totally one-of-a kind and totally worth it!
address: 106 Thames St., Brooklyn NY 11246
metro: Jefferson (L), Morgan (L), Central (M)
hours: Mon, Tues, Thu, Fri 1-8pm Sat, Sun 12-7pm
phone: 1 (347) 907-5891
The people that brought you Urban Jungle, Vice Versa, and some other amazing vintage stores all along the L train are at it again! Their latest L-train sensation (Dekalb Vision) is every bit as much of a treasure as you would expect from owners Otto and Aro Perez. The team opened up their first vintage shop in 2007 and from there, they just exploded as people went gaga over the amazing prices, clean vintage clothes, and diverse selection. Dekalb Vision is located on the corner of Dekalb and Wilson.
Address: 1377 Dekalb Avenue New York, NY 11237
Metro: Dekalb (L), Central Ave (M), Knickerbocker (M)