In case you haven’t heard, New York City has gotten so goddamn expensive that rats have drowned in the Hudson trying to flee to New Jersey. Fortunately, there is at least one cheap neighborhood left in Brooklyn, and it’s bursting at the seams with unadulterated, ungentrified culture.
So while the suckers in Manhattan and Williamsburg are busy dropping serious cash for just about everything… here are 11 awesome things you can do in Bushwick for the low-low price of free:
They’re super easy to find — just walk around the hood until you hear music coming from up top, knock on the door, say you RSVP’d or know the girl from NYU, and you’re in.
At the beginning of every June, Arts in Bushwick unveils an extensive lineup of the free galleries, studios, music shows and parties… all aimed at proving to the public that this neighborhood “really is that cool.” Check out this year’s event listings here.
Sure, it may not be the most fun thing ever, but understanding the daily misery of your local North Brooklyner is a quintessential part of your Bushwick experience.
You’re bound to find a few no matter what time of the year it is (after all, there are over 50 recognized gallery spaces in just the Bushwick neighborhood alone). Be warned: while it’s always an interesting experience… you never know what exactly you’ll wind up seeing once inside.
So much, in fact, that there are several Bushwick-based street art walking tours (and most are also free).
If only for the incredible views of the Manhattan skyline.
Make a statement, and become a part of Bushwick history. And don’t forget to check out your photo, when they post it to their NSFW Tumblr archive.
And while you’re at it, consider famous writer and former resident Henry Miller’s opinion on the neighborhood’s main artery: “dear reader, you must see Myrtle Avenue before you die, if only to realize how far into the future Dante saw.”
And enjoy the applause you’ll receive from the locals.
It is, after all, Bushwick’s favorite dog park and the best place to see a wide variety of hipsters, flipsters and all the finger-poppin’ daddies. [feature: Adio Grey]