7. Bushwick 

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7.Bushwick

Why You Should Move Here
Well, according to Patti Smith, the only cool place left near New York City is Poughkeepsie. But, if you’re sort of young and self-identify as “cool,” you could still give Bushwick a try (though, obviously, you’re pretty late to the party, dude). Seriously, though, Bushwick has cornered the ever-shifting market on “artsy,” as Williamsburg galleries like Momenta Art and Nurtureart have made the move, along with a big splash by Chelsea’s Luhring Augustine, which has a space opening later this fall, in a building they bought… So yeah, there are still a few young people here, doing interesting things, but who knows how long they’ll be able to afford it.

What the Future Holds
Williamsburg has come and gone as the locus of cool, and as the waters recede there remains surprisingly sparse evidence of a once thriving gallery scene. Some have suggested the absence of serious investment from cultural institutions, the kind that has happened in Queens, is at fault, so here’s hoping Bushwick can survive the next phase of gentrification with its artistic soul intact.

Where You’ll Find Us
Drinking a $2 PBR at Cafe Ghia. Eating a burger at Burger It Up. Saving up for a big night out at Roberta’s. In Paul D’Agostino’s living room, looking at art.

Second Thoughts
The benefits of gentrification (a thriving arts scene, small businesses serving good coffee/beer/food) are a little diffuse, and it’s obviously more of a hike from Manhattan (if you care about such things). And the greenspace in Bushwick makes Williamsburg look like Montana.

How Much
Average rent of a two-bedroom apartment: $1,600

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