Finally, you’re likely to land at Green Central Knoll. The park has a nautical theme and is quaint and quiet place, just perfect for your dog’s run. In fact, right here, off of Evergreen Avenue, you have found your neighborhood’s very own dog park.
After a quick shower, you get back on the lively streets of Bushwick, ready for more. In the vein of Williamsburg, you have your slew of specialty shopping. The Loom brings a plethora of little boutique shops under one roof. The mini-mall and an artist conglomerate, The Loom brings to your shopping pleasure some 17 shops in total, along with a pet supply store, a handmade local apparel shop, bike & skate shop, office and art supply shops. You even scan the schedule of the yoga studio, if you must.
Just like any other aspiring artist, you need to start somewhere. And there’s only one place to start: Artist and Craftsman Supply. The art supply store was established in 1985 and there’s nothing here that your creative self won’t be able to find — from spray paints, oil colors, brushes, canvas boards, models and journals, the place carries it all. And unlike their counterparts in East Village, the supplies here are (relatively) affordable.
You may have noticed. Bushwick is entirely about artists! Warehouses-turned-artist-hubs are everywhere. Of course, you decide to go a bit deeper. You take an art tour with the Bushwick Collective and you soon learn it is the perfect Bushwick experience. The neighborhood has been transformed by the collective’s outdoor art gallery, which features the works of the best street artists in the world.
With the tummy rumbling, make a refueling stop at one of the great Bushwick eateries. The best is Tutu’s, home of the traditional American pub food. The dinner choices feature wondrous raw bar — a selection of Blue Point, Malpeque and Fanny Bay oysters. There are also smoked pork belly sliders to start and a seasonal seafood boil. Yes, it’s all comfort food, but comfort food aimed at unadulterated comfort, and done to perfection.
Art is of course its own thing, but what some may argue Bushwick is really all about are its bars. There are SO many options that the very idea may make your head spin. Birdy’s, Boobie Trap, Alaska... But tonight is all about Alphaville. The decor is low-key and beat-up, but that of course just adds to the charm of this dive bar. Great prices all night long on beers and cocktails, plus a fantastic whiskey selection to pique your interest.
Tipsy? Don’t fret. There’s a little late-night treat nearby that will get your senses back on track. Just off of Moore Street, Roberta’s has become the standard in artisanal pizza-making, drawing some national attention. They have a nice garden, but tonight, march over to the takeout window and order the Bee Sting — a blend of tomato, Mozzarella, Soppressata, chili and honey. Yum, Bushwick!