At Arlo Hotel, we recommend our guests spend most of their time in Manhattan, especially if they’re only in town for a day or two. However, there’s an immense amount of charm and fun things to do in the other four boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. One of our favorite neighborhoods out in Brooklyn is Bushwick, an increasingly attractive spot with a lot of character and great places to eat. Bushwick is less trendy than some of the other Brooklyn neighborhoods and still retains
Getting to Bushwick is simple, with the subway or Uber offering a quick journey. Once in the neighborhood, scope out one of the local breakfast places such as Tina’s Place for great prices and ample portions. After some eggs and bacon, head over to Molasses Books, a coffee shop and used bookstore that turns into an impromptu club at night and is a favorite of some of our Arlo Hotel staff who live in the area.
For lunch, go to Tony’s on Knickerbocker Ave. for a great classic NYC slice. It’s a no-frills counter-style place with some interesting takes on the usual pizza flavors. For evening drinks, go to Happyfun Hideaway or Birdy’s for tiki-themed drinks or a punk-rock vibe with classic pinball machines and great music. It’s a full day of eating and drinking, but that’s what vacationing is all about, and it gives you a day to immerse yourself in a vibrant neighborhood.
An interesting historical marker in Bushwick is the Arbitration Rock, a boundary set in 1769 separating Newtown and Bushwick. The rock is the size of a small car and was unearthed in 2001 to appreciate its historical importance better. Visiting the rock and other historical markers and buildings in the neighborhood can help you appreciate the city’s age and its evolution throughout the years.