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27 Facts About Bushwick
Bushwick had the prime location to absorb its new tract of land in a contiguous fashion.
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New Bushwick Lane, a former Native American trail, was a key thoroughfare for accessing this new tract, which was suitable mostly for potato and cabbage agriculture.
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Bushwick residents called Bushwick Shore "the Strand", another term for "beach".
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Farmers and gardeners from the other Bushwick villages sent their goods to Bushwick Shore to be ferried to New York City for sale at a market located at the present-day Grand Street.
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When Bushwick was founded, it was primarily an area for farming food and tobacco.
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Bushwick established a considerable brewery industry, including "Brewer's Row"—14 breweries operating in a 14-block area—by 1890.
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Bushwick homes were designed in the Italianate, Neo Greco, Romanesque Revival, and Queen Anne styles by well-known architects.
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Bushwick was a center of culture, with several Vaudeville-era playhouses, including the Amphion Theatre, the nation's first theatre with electric lighting.
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Bushwick suffered some of the most devastating damage and losses.
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Bushwick is the most populous Hispanic-American community in Brooklyn, although Sunset Park has a large Hispanic population.
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The Williamsburg and Bushwick communities are home to their own local Puerto Rican Day Parade.
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Preterm births in Bushwick are about the same as citywide, though births to teenage mothers are less common.
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In Bushwick, there were 83 preterm births per 1,000 live births, and 9.
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Bushwick has a high population of residents who are uninsured, or who receive healthcare through Medicaid.
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Bushwick is covered by ZIP Codes 11237 northeast of Wilson Avenue, 11221 southwest of Wilson Avenue, and 11207 southeast of Halsey Street.
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Bushwick is part of New York's 7th congressional district, represented by Democrat Nydia Velazquez as of 2013.
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Bushwick is located in the New York City Council's 34th and 37th districts, represented respectively by Democrats Jennifer Gutierrez and Sandy Nurse.
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Bushwick generally has lower ratios of college-educated residents than the rest of the city as of 2018.
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The percentage of Bushwick students excelling in reading and math has been increasing, with reading achievement rising from 34 percent in 2000 to 35 percent in 2011, and math achievement rising from 27 percent to 47 percent within the same time period.
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The Bushwick branch was founded in 1903 and its current building opened in 1908.
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