Bushwick is bounded by East Williamsburg to the northwest, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to the southwest, the Cemetery of the Evergreens and other cemeteries to the southeast, and Ridgewood, Queens to the northeast.
Though an ethnic neighborhood, Bushwick’s population is relatively homogenous, scoring a 0.5 on Furman Center’s racial diversity index, making it the city’s 35th most diverse neighborhood in 2007. Most residents are Latinos from the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic but more recent years have seen an increase in non-immigrant Caucasian as well other Latino groups.
Bushwick’s diverse housing stock includes six-family apartment buildings and two-and three family converted townhouses.
About one out of six rental units is subsidized, and greater than one out of three units is rent regulated. Median rent in 2007 was $795, the 40th highest median rent in the city, 4% of renters live in severely overcrowded conditions.
Many of the Bushwick Initiatives effort towards economic development are focused on revitalizing Knickerbocker Avenue, the primarily commercial strip in the area. Ridgewood Bushwick spoke to business owners in the area about reviving the now-defunct Knickerbocker Avenue Merchants’ Association. Through this organization, Ridgewood Bushwick hopes to utilize SBS’s resources to increase economic opportunities for local businesses owners in the area.