Don’t think that just because Bushwick borders the infamous Williamsburg that it’s destined to be outshined. This colorful neighborhood is bursting with its own personality and artistic talent. Besides being a graffiti artist’s paradise, Bushwick houses some of the best destinations that Brooklyn has to offer, including the dreamiest backyards. Come hungry for the pizza, stay for the thrifting, and stay later for the nightlife. Did somebody say drag show?
Below is a list of can’t-miss spots brought to you by the ultra-talented Lindsey White, designer behind LM White Jewelry. She’s been a resident here for 7 years and was kind enough to let us in on what’s good in her stomping grounds.
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Tucked away amongst sprawling warehouses off the Morgan L Stop, Falansai is a hip Vietnamese spot worth the trek. Offering dishes with a french twist, like their Globe Trotter Pho and delicious Catfish Clay Pot, their casual vibe will make you a regular. Patrons can catch live music on weekends or watch cult-classics projected on the wall during the week.
112 Harrison Place \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
This place puts Roberta’s in the corner. Located right off the Dekalb L Stop, this inviting pizza joint offers delicious wood-baked sourdough pies paired with funky natural wines. Go for an intimate setting with any size group, hosted by the best staff.
346 Himrod Street \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
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A secret bar behind Sweet Science opened up by Johnny De Piper from Weather Up, this speakeasy has a classic yet cozy feel, offering the best neighborhood cocktails. Enjoy nightly specials with rare ingredients while always finding a good seat atop vintage barstools.
135 Graham Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11206
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This neighborhood dive has everything a joint could need to make you a regular. The large space offers plenty of seating, friendly staff, and a fab happy hour. Come for the weekend dance parties where DJs spin late, or see the fall leaves change color in one of the best backyards in Bushwick.
211 Knickerbocker Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
If you want to catch the local punk scene while eating the best chicken nuggets, this is the place to do it. Owned and operated by musicians who know the scene, they book the best line ups and offer a full service bar and kitchen throughout the week.
140 Wilson Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
This comic-themed bar tucked under the M train is as eclectic as it gets. Walk in to the 500 square-foot space to find Marvel figurines hanging from every corner and bar patrons with personalities to match. Offering the cheapest drinks around and a free pool table, this place is not to be missed.
1293 Myrtle Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11221
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A local favorite for both men and women, this curated selection of vintage finds is fully stocked with a wide variety of clothing and accessories. One of the OG’s of the neighborhood and one not to miss.
117 Wilson Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
A local second-hand bookstore offering a wide selection of browsable volumes. The perfect way to kill time on a rainy day. Stop in to see what serendipitous sci-fi book you’ve yet to discover.
1167 Flushing Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
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Used bookstore, offering patrons a relaxed setting to shop in while sipping coffee, beer, or wine. The monthly calendar of live events includes poetry and talks, trivia, and live shows, bringing a cool community from all backgrounds to this neighborhood store.
770 Hart Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
The latest Bushwick tourist attraction (aside from the graffiti), this mega sized second-hand store has enough to keep you busy all afternoon! Sift through dozens of racks filled with military garb, old T-shirts and plenty of 90’s dress. Be sure to check out the shoe and boot wall.
1377 Dekalb Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11221
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One of three locations for vintage home goods and furniture finds. This spot is never over-picked and always filled with interesting items for all design aesthetics. From a birdcage bar cart (personal find) to tapestries and outdoor furniture, this spot is a local gold mine.
1806, 1033 Flushing Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
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This quaint all-in-one bar/restaurant/coffee-shop is a neighborhood gem worth its weight in gold. Their bare-bones menu still has everything you need for the morning including amazing cold-brew, fresh pastries, savory egg sandwiches and that spicy bloody mary you’ll be needing after a Friday Night on the town.
351 Evergreen Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11221
Well-known for its hipster cult following and in-house bean roasting, this shop opened its third location in Bushwick off the Dekalb L stop, delivering with it a perfect atmosphere for those who work from home.
146 Wyckoff Avenue \ Brooklyn, NY 11237
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ABOUT LINDSEY WHITE
Lindsey White, a native Houstonian, has been living in Bushwick for over 7 years. In that time, she’s collected trades and titles including seamstress, bartender, milliner, model and jeweler. With metal-work and jewelry as her current medium, she’s been able to develop collections centered around unique welding and plasma-cutting techniques highlighting texture and shape. You can find her current work at LMWhitejewelry.com.
(Pictured. Image by Anna Webber.)