although bushwich is incredibly industrial, there seem to be some side benefits of being accessible on the l train and located just far enough away from the williamsburg crazy development scene. bushwick has what some say is an emerging art scene, and the blog devoted to life in bushwick seems to be thriving. brownstoner picked up that even british airways– the standard for the fancy life — has hyped the area noting it is the hip spot for a “thriving underground scene.” now our great friend, godmum to k., who works for b.a.’s press office should get lots of credit (and i am sure a promotion is in order) for managing to connect britishairways with bushwick in this little offbeat blog. i think sadly that any english business travellers who head straight to this neck of the woods might be a little shocked at the desolation but then again maybe they are looking for the next clerkenwell. right now, there are not too many food spots, and shopping options — well almost non existent unless you like dollar stores or run-of-the-mill thrift shops. and there are definitely some galleries and art spaces so if you do go out to something like the putting lot (photos above and below), which is great fun, there are some things to do if you know where to go.
roberta’s: as i have written about before (and pictured above), i love this very low key casual spot for pizza and especially for the excellent fried chicken and the great outdoor space. 261 moore street between white and bogart streets, brooklyn, new york, 718.417.1118.
northeast kingdom, withplenty of press and an appealing menu with options like organic chicken pot pie, the piedmontese beef short rib pot au feu and the vegetable bindaloo, this seems like a somewhere we need to test out. 18 wyckoff avenue at troutman street, brooklyn, new york, 718.386.3864.
tandem: from recent reviews, this places looks like a decent bar to get a solid cocktail or a beer, and some tasty snacks. 236 troutman street between wilson and knickerbocker avenues, brooklyn, new york, 718.386.2369.
factory fresh: an art gallery run out of an old bodega featuring fun artists like jon burgerman & jim avignon and pufferella on sale, they have also started hosting performances. their next show starting on august 14th is the brooklyn bailout burlesque with seven artists presenting strange and funny ways to deal with the economic crisis. a recent show sponsored with plaztik mag this spring had artists create their own dream cardboard box homes. 1053 flushing avenue between morgan and knickerbocker, brooklyn, new york, 917.682.6753.
the loom: an old pillow factory is in the process of transforming into a mini mall at interior cobblestone courtyard. the top floors of the building have been transformed into lofts, and the owner is working on renting ground floor storefronts to smaller independent shops according to the brooklyn paper. one of the first shops that hopes to open is the water tower decks and ink which will be a tattoo and skateboard shop. there was a also recent announcement of a small sandwich shop moving in. 1087 flushing avenue between porter and knickerbocker avenues, brooklyn new york, 718.417.1616.
the third ward: a little bit further away from core bushwick territory, this design center houses photo studios and other creative spaces and offers reasonably priced classes in the visual arts, technology and crafts. the third ward also host events. next week is the performance piece the hannah complex presented by what we know so far, and they also have a movie house. 195 morgan avenue at stagg street, brooklyn, new york, 718.715.4961.