Bushwick, like much of Brooklyn, was at one time one of the more expensive outlying areas of Manhattan. Some of New York's wealthiest lived in Bushwick on Irving Avenue and built lavish homes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Then a pivotal moment occurred in 1977 with the New York blackout and the ensuing riots and looting. Much of residential and commercial spaces were burnt down or destroyed, leaving a barren neighborhood. Crime, drugs and prostitution arrived in Bushwick at the same time much of the population fled. This was not a time for Manhattanites simply considering Bushwick apartments to get more space.Find Bushwick apartments
|Building Address||# no-fee apts|
|222 SUYDAM ST||26|
|117 LINDEN ST||20|
|782 HART ST||17|
|1180 BUSHWICK AVE||13|
|334 CENTRAL AVE||10|
|132 CORNELIA ST||10|
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Today, Bushwick has two main faces. First, it remains a tough neighborhood, although much less so than it was 10-15 years ago. Crime rates have fallen dramatically, but they are still something to consider when moving here. The second face that has emerged is a new group that has brought a fresh start to the neighborhood. If you are looking to be at the center of the NYC music scene, a Bushwick apartment may be your answer. It is an up-and-coming neighborhood with remarkably low rents and a great artistic vibe. For example, the New York Times wrote up a 9-bedroom mansion inhabited by 9 artists. They have transformed the historic home into a thriving hotbed of artistic expression. In addition to great music, you'll find great food options as well, including Puerto Rican, Mexican, Chinese, Korean and Jamaican restaurants. For more insight on the neighborhood’s current vibe, check out BrickUnderground.com’s interview with a local resident.
The housing stock in Bushwick is diverse. Old mansions and townhouses can be rented for much lower rates than in the rest of the City. Warehouses and old factories have been converted into lofts for those looking for more open spaces. Newer buildings have filled in the vacant spaces left by the 1977 riot. Roughly 20% of the rental units are rent subsidized and over 30% are rent regulated. As a result, the average rental price ranges from $700-800 a month. Because of higher vacancy rates than the rest of the city, many Bushwick apartments can be rented without paying a broker fee.