For much of its history, New York City was synonymous with Manhattan Island - Central Park, Fifth Ave, Greenwich Village, Harlem - ‘why even bother going anywhere else?’ was the attitude of many a New Yorker.
This all changed in the last few decades. First came the artists, then the microbreweries, and soon Brooklyn found itself in the midst of a veritable renaissance. The epicenter of this ‘new Brooklyn’, has so far undoubtedly been the neighborhood of Williamsburg - home of fixie bikes, artisanal donuts and rainbow bagels.
But as the cultural scene continues to grow and thrive in Brooklyn, rising rents means that many young, creative types are venturing deeper into the borough in search of more affordable digs.
Bushwick, it seems, is where they’ve landed - from “little town in the woods” (the origin of the name) to up-and-coming area in the thick of Brooklyn’s transformation - plus it’s conveniently only a few stops on the L train from the ‘burg.
Originally hailing from Maryland himself, Jamal Jackson’s chic alter ego - the Style Society Guy - was born on the streets of Brooklyn. We explored Manhattan with Jamal for the launch of our Chukka collection, but as he is a Bushwick resident himself we couldn’t resist the opportunity to get some of Jamal’s insider knowledge on cool spots that are worth taking a trip up the L train for.