We’ve shown you some great places to take photos in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and now we’re heading east to explore Bushwick. When you get off the L train, the first things you’ll notice are the industrial warehouses and lofts. However, Bushwick has a rapidly growing artist community and with it come the design-conscious bars, restaurants and cafés. If you’re looking for a sleek and shiny backdrop for a photoshoot, you’ll be hard pressed to find it here, but we think Bushwick’s gritty charm is better anyway.
Head straight to Troutman Street to photograph colorful murals by artists that make up the Bushwick Collective. The murals go on for several blocks and range in style, subject matter and size from small figures on doors to huge designs that take up the sides of the buildings. They work as a great backdrop for an artistic shoot.
Though much of Bushwick has a distinctly industrial feel, you can find a little green enclave at Maria Hernandez Park. With trees lining the paths that meander around basketball courts and playgrounds, the park is a neighborhood spot where residents go to hang out and enjoy the scenery. It makes for an especially nice place to take photos in the fall, when the leaves match the colors of the surrounding buildings.
Mellow Pages library and reading room is a haven for book lovers. Located in the Bogart Studio building, Mellow Pages’ mission is to bring limited-print fiction and poetry to Bushwick and the surrounding area. They have a collection of over 3,000 books and zines and host readings and other events almost nightly. This is the place to go for a literary-themed photo shoot.
Maybe you need a place with shelves and shelves of craft beer for your next photo shoot. If so, The Sampler on Starr Street is the place. They’ve got over 100 different beer bottles plus craft brews on tap.
Recently opened, The Rookery looks like a sophisticated English pub that took over an industrial space. You can tell that the interior design was carefully crafted, right down to the floral wallpaper above the booths and the little ships perched on shelves. Come early if you want the place all to yourself. After 8:00 the crowds start coming.
Just across from The Rookery, you’ll find AP Café with its stark, minimal interior. This place is definitely making Bushwick feel more grown up and sophisticated. The café has a calm vibe with a waterfall inside and fresh flowers. As if the design wasn’t enough of a reason to photograph here, they serve delicious coffee and donuts by Dough.
Not only can you take cool photos inside L Train Vintage, but you can also find enough cheap vintage clothes to style an awesome shoot. This place has everything from $5 skirts and dresses to $30 fur coats and cute shoes to match. You can get whatever you need for that Wild West or Mad Men themed photo shoot you’ve been planning.
Finally, stop by CSI Rentals on Flushing Avenue for all the photographic equipment you need. They’ve got DSLR cameras, Pro Video cameras, lighting and production gear. Then get out there and make it happen!