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P.S.: Bushwick housing, historic versus hipster

Sometimes the old and new in Bushwick look kind of odd together.

What do you think when you see these two buildings? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.

This is 1075 Bushwick Ave., a fine 1890s-vintage historic home with a prime corner location. The checkered thing behind it is 64 Palmetto St.


Gotham City Lounge, where hipsters and Hispanics intersect

Holy Cultural Diversity, Batman! There's a melting pot of old-time Bushwick residents and newcomers at Gotham City Lounge.

The 20-something guys shooting pool under the watchful eyes of Superman and Captain America, who look down from posters on the wall, probably don't know that until a few years ago, the bar's clientele was pretty much all Puerto Rican.

Then owner Ray Torrellas made some hipster-friendly changes to the bar at 1293 Myrtle Ave., like adding $2 cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer to the beverage offerings.


Guacuco – snack city for Venezuelan-food lovers

Quick: What's a cachapa? And don't Google it.

In cosmopolitan New York City, just about everyone has eaten empanadas, those fried pastries with savory fillings that cooks from several different Latin American countries make. Multiple-location eateries such as Ruben's Empanadas have helped popularize them among non-Hispanics.


El Mío Cíd – bring on the flaming dessert

Tapas are for the young and trendy. That's why El Mío Cíd at 50 Starr St. added them to the menu – to draw customers to Ecuadorian immigrant Julio Hugo's restaurant, which serves up the cuisine of Spain.

But if you want to show you know your way around a Spanish menu, order the crema catalana for dessert.


The Sugar Shack, where the guarapo flows

Need a sugar fix?

Valentín Palacio Bautista's got one for you at an outdoor fruit and vegetable stand on the sidewalk at the intersection of Irving and Myrtle avenues.

He grinds up stalks of sugar cane in a metal machine and out comes guarapo, a cup of liquid sugar. Yep, sugar-cane juice. Who knew such a thing existed? It's a sweet tooth's dream come true.

Mexicans, Dominicans and Ecuadorians buy guarapo from the open-air sugar shack, but not hipsters.


Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union – welcoming to Bushwick residents and entrepreneurs, Hispanic or not

It gives immigrant entrepreneurs business loans when mainstream banks say No way – but this is a good neighborhood place to keep your cash even if you're not Hispanic.

Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union at 1474 Myrtle Ave. has online banking and ATM service like a regular bank.


Esmeralda's – for the prettiest pargo frito this side of Quito

It's got the prettiest pargo frito this side of Quito.

The place is Esmeralda's, a restaurant at 1497 Myrtle Ave. The dish is fried red snapper, which blogging foodies invariably mention as a must-try when they seek out Ecuadorian eateries.


Calibella – a Bushwick bakery that's muy buena

Calibella Bakery's name is the words “Cali bella” squished together, meaning “beautiful Cali” – and the Colombian shop owners don't mean California.

They're thinking of Cali, a city in Colombia's sugar-cane growing region. A song that's perennially popular in Andean countries boasts of the beauty of its women: “Las caleñas son como las flores,” it goes, which means, “The women of Cali are like flowers.”


A hipsters' tip sheet on Hispanic Bushwick

Bienvenidos a Bushwick, hipsters.

Don't miss out on the coolest places in the neighborhood, the Hispanic places.

Don't get us wrong. We like non-Hispanic spots like Variety Cafe – the new coffee shop at 146 Wyckoff Ave. with a wonderful, old-fashioned sign for Wyckoff Paints on the outside of the building – just as much as the next caffeine freak.


Bushwick Inlet Park wins prestigious architectural award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced on Tuesday that Bushwick Inlet Park from local firm Kiss + Cathcart, Architects was one of the 2014 winners of the prestigious 2014 COTE Top 10 Award. COTE stands for Committee on the Environment and these projects represent the very best in innovative, sustainable design from around the world.



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