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Bushwick might be quite a ways off the beaten path, but for those post-punks, indie kids, and headbangers looking for the gritty DIY bar and music scene that has been priced out of other areas, there’s nowhere better in New York to find it.
The neighborhood is known to be a little dangerous at night, but those willing to go the extra mile will find that ragtag concerts proliferate in condemned buildings throughout the area, providing curious music snobs with everything from chiptunes to klezmir to hardcore.
For years, Bushwick was known as the beer capital of the Northeast, thanks to the presence of fourteen breweries that employed many of its German residents, but most of the industry – beer-related and otherwise – has since moved out, with the last brewery shutting its doors in 1974.
The dominant enclaves of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans who now call the area home, however, guarantee access to some of the best Hispanic and South American meals in town – notably at La Isla Cuchifritos, aka the "Island of Fried Pork" – along Bushwick’s commercial stretches of Knickerbocker and Wyckoff Avenues.
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