With so many neighborhoods, each with its own distinct vibe and characteristics, deciding where you should live in New York City can be daunting. Today we’ll be comparing between Bushwick and Astoria.
This year alone, Bushwick and Astoria will be responsible for the construction of just over 1600 new apartments in New York City, putting them 1st and 3rd for new apartment developments this year (1,103 in Bushwick and 503 in Astoria).
Located in Northern Brooklyn, Bushwick is bordered by Williamsburg to the Northwest, Ridgewood to the Northeast, and Bed-Stuy to the South.
At just about 40 minutes to Manhattan, the commute from Bushwick is 13 minutes faster than the city average. Bushwick is divided by three subway lines: The L train along Bushwick Avenue, the M train along Myrtle Avenue, and the J/Z trains along Broadway.
(Important note: as of February 14th, 2020, the L Project revised its approach, meaning the L train will be able to run with reduced service on nights and weekends. They are now estimated to finish tunnel rehabilitation in Spring 2020)
History of Bushwick
Years after the Dutch West India company acquired the land from the Lenape people in 1638, Bushwick was chartered by Peter Stuyvesant in 1661. He called the area “Boswijck”, or “neighborhood in the woods”. Bushwick was the last of the six Dutch towns of Brooklyn that occupied New Netherland.
In its youth, Bushwick was utilized primarily for farming food and tobacco. As the surrounding areas grew, factories were built to manufacture sugar, oil, and chemicals. At the time, the majority of immigrants inhabiting Bushwick were German. Eventually European immigrants flocked to Bushwick, and Italians replaced Germans as the dominant group after World War I. After World War II, African American, Carribean American, and Puerto Rican working-class families settled into the neighborhood. Today, Bushwick is primarily Hispanic (59%) with a smaller African American (18%) and White (16%) population.
Food in Bushwick
If we’re talking buzz, there is no other pizza place in Bushwick that gets nods from Brooklyn natives and Manhattanites alike than Roberta’s. 12 years after it’s opening, Roberta’s is still going strong with their wood-fired pies, with classics like the Bee Sting and Axl Rosenberg.
Other notable eats in Bushwick:
Japanese – Ichiran
Italian – Faro
Mexican – Guadalupe Inn
Nightlife in Bushwick
Bushwick is no stranger to nightlife. A lot of the bars and nightclubs in the area close shop around 4am, giving you plenty of time to get out there and do your thing. Here are some notable bars and clubs in Bushwick:
Honey’s (99 Scott)
Living in Bushwick
Located in the Northeastern part of Queens, Astoria is bordered by the East River to the West, Long Island City to the Southwest, Sunnyside to the Southeast, and Woodside to the East.
The average commute for residents in Astoria is 38 minutes, a hair faster than its Bushwick counterparts. Astoria is serviced by the N and W lines along 31st St.
History of Astoria
Originally called Hallett’s Cove after William Hallett settled there in 1652, Astoria was renamed for John Jacob Astor, a fur trader. Stephen A. Halsey petitioned for the name because he believed it would persuade Astor, the richest man in the United States at the time, to invest in the neighborhood. In the end, Astor only invested $500 and never ended up setting foot in Astoria, only gazing at it occasionally from his summer home across the East River.
Since the 19th century, Astoria has been a neighborhood for the arts. Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (Henry E. Steinway) of Steinway and Sons settled there and founded the company in 1853. In later years, Astoria would be one of the original centers of American filmmaking. The art embedded in Astoria’s history is still alive today in places such as the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios.
Food in Astoria
Astoria is home to many different cultures, so there is a lot of amazing food to choose from. Here are a few:
Japanese – HinoMaru
Brazilian – Pão de Queijo
American – Sanfords
Nightlife in Astoria
Astoria has a lot of options for nighttime enthusiasts. Consider these spots for your next night out:
Living In Astoria
No matter what your poison, there is a perfect home for you out there.