#LaPresse: “Discover Street Art in Bushwick | Philippe Mercure “


On the sidewalk, a young woman wearing smoked glasses walks three dogs on a leash – two mastiffs and a Pomeranian dyed in fluorescent pink. A battered Chevrolet passes slowly, playing hip-hop all the way down. Under a poster that reads "Pio Pio Live Poultry – Pollos – Gallinas", we can see chickens and turkeys bickering behind grids waiting to be sold alive.

To emerge from the subway in Bushwick from Manhattan is to get into another world. This neighborhood in North Brooklyn once had a bad reputation. Today, it is so popular that some residents are worried about it. In November, Bushwick was ranked second among the coolest neighborhoods in the United States by HotSpot (after Mission, San Francisco). Graffiti denouncing gentrification has appeared.

Three Worlds

But it will take a lot of time before confusing Bushwick with SoHo or Chelsea. While pacing the neighborhood, one oscillates constantly between three worlds. The first is the Bushwick of Immigration. The district was first populated by the Germans, but nearly 70% of the population is today Hispanic (especially Puerto Rican and Caribbean). In the main arteries like Wickoff, Myrtle or Broadway, the small markets sell sugar cane, the signs are in Spanish and you can nibble as many tacos as papas rellenas (stuffed potatoes).

The second face of the neighborhood is that drawn by artists and young party goers who began to settle there. Its most visible mark: the huge colorful murals made with aerosol paint, which alone justify the detour to Bushwick. The Bushwick Collective, an open-air art gallery that spans several blocks of Troutman Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue, is the Mecca of the movement.

This new clientele has also hatched organic groceries, restaurants and small cafes. Several places are out of the ordinary.


The Isla Cuchifrito is a quick service restaurant ideal for sampling the latino delights of the neighborhood.

Photo Philippe Mercure, The Press

At the Cobra Club, we can do yoga on metal music (no, we have not tried). The House of Yes presents air and burlesque shows. In the evening, just follow the hipsters to end up in often dark bars, where it celebrates.

The third facet of Bushwick is industrial. This huge territory is full of warehouses still in operation, from where and where trucks arrive. Railways and barbed wire create an urban and wild atmosphere, like this group of young people sitting on metal barrels around an immense fire of wood, seen in a yard of factory.

We never know what we're going to fall for in Bushwick. And this is all the interest of the neighborhood.

Coming from Manhattan, the best way to explore Bushwick is to disembark on the L (gray) subway line, somewhere between Morgan Avenue and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues stations. Lines J, M and Z also cross the district.

Some addresses

> La Isla Cuchifrito (4920 5th Avenue): A quick-service restaurant to taste the latino delights of the neighborhood.

> Roberta's (261 Moore Street): For excellent pizza over a wood fire in a thunderous atmosphere.

> The Bushwick Collective (intersection of Saint Nicholas Avenue and Troutman Street): The largest concentration of Bushwick murals.

> Fine & Raw Chocolate (288 Seigel Street): A luxury chocolate factory and shop in full industrial setting.

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