SVA Guide to NYC 2017: Bushwick


December 06, 2017
A floor plan with a big red X on it. Possibly a city near NYC which appears on the X.
An artpiece of the layout of a building plan

At the forefront of New York City’s art scene is the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, which is home to many emerging artists, studios, workshops, galleries and, not coincidentally, no shortage of things to do.

Here are a few things to see, do and taste in the neighborhood, as recommended by members of the SVA community.

10 things to do in Bushwick:

Gallery hop at Interstate Projects and Dress Shop Gallery – 66 Knickerbocker Avenue and 322 Troutman Street

Interstate Projects, founded by Tom Weinrich (MFA 2008 Fine Arts), and Dress Shop Gallery, run by Katie Branham (BFA 2006 Fine Arts), Theresa Friess (MFA 2011 Fine Arts) and Anna Souvarov (MFA 2011 Fine Arts), are just two of the many galleries in Bushwick worth checking out.

bookclub meeting
Molasses Books

Grow your library at Molasses Books – 770 Hart Street

Molasses opened in 2012 and has since added a café-bar combo to its collection of high-quality and well-curated used books.

Catch a show at Market Hotel – 1140 Myrtle Avenue

One of the many music venues in the neighborhood (honorable mentions to Trans Pecos, Shea Stadium, Alphaville and Silent Barn), Market Hotel hosts some of the most buzz-worthy acts out there.

A group of women practice yoga while a live band plays.
Still from a performance of the music-theatre piece by Heather Christian, “Animal Wisdom,” via The Bushwick Starr Instagram.

See what’s next at The Bushwick Starr – 207 Starr Street

A community art space that hosts plays, dance and experimental performance, the Bushwick Starr is an incubator for new talent and a place where artists can develop and try new things.

Stock up at Soho Art Materials – 36 Gardner Avenue

A vast selection of art supplies are on sale at this retailer’s Brooklyn location.

Develop photos at the Bushwick Community Darkroom – 110 Troutman Street

The Bushwick Community Darkroom offers drop-off film development, private darkroom sessions, film sales and equipment rentals. The center also hosts classes, events and workshops for the experienced and amateur photographer alike.

The Bushwick Collective
Graffiti mural by David Louf, aka Mr. June, via The Bushwick Collective Instagram.

Hit the street with The Bushwick Collective – Troutman Street at Saint Nicholas Avenue

With eye-catching large-scale murals that can take up the entire side of a building, this outdoor gallery has attracted some of the top graffiti and street artists from around world.

Explore the Shops at the Loom – 1087 Flushing Avenue

The Bushwick version of a mall, the Shops at the Loom includes a yoga studio, pet store, food coop, tattoo parlor, bike shop, creative studio, and more.

Stock up again at Low Brow Artique – 143 Central Avenue

To supplement Soho Art Materials, Low Brow Artique boasts what it claims to be the largest assortment of spray paint in the New York metropolitan area.

Discover your future at the Tarot Society Gallery and Reading Room – 4 Charles Place

For astrology devotees or the just plain curious, the Tarot Society offers card, astrology and palm readings, as well as classes, lectures and spiritual workshops.

Five local eats:

Wyckoff Starr – 30 Wyckoff Avenue

Located right outside the Jefferson L-train stop, this coffee shop is a convenient stop for commuting locals and those venturing into the neighborhood.

Indoor restaurant that looks like it is outdoors.

Roberta’s – 261 Moore Street

“The most popular Bushwick destination,” Ashley Sepulveda (BFA 2016 Design) says. Roberta’s has built an international reputation for its wood-fired pizzas and all-around culinary inventiveness. Nearly 10 years in, it remains the neighborhood’s most popular canteen.

Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos – 271 Starr Street

Looking for delicious Mexican food? Look no further than this restaurant and tortilla factory.

Bunna Café – 1084 Flushing Avenue

A vegetarian Ethiopian restaurant, Bunna is also known for its coffee ceremonies, a traditional Ethiopian gesture of hospitality and friendship that includes hand-roasting and grinding the beans before brewing the drink.

The Topaz – 251 Bushwick Avenue

Founded and run by artist and SVA alumnus Brandon Davey (MFA 2009 Fine Arts), The Topaz offers a small plates menu, featuring bao buns, king crab egg rolls and meat and cheese plates, to complement its signature cocktails.