Originally famous for abandoned buildings, empty lots, drugs and arson, Bushwick is now an up and coming neighborhood. Bushwick was first known for its lucrative brewery industry in the 1900s, due to its German immigrant population. As the breweries went out of business and the population vacated the neighborhood, crime flourished –Bushwick was often compared to a war zone. Today, tightknit Latino and artist communities inhabit the neighborhood. Converted warehouses and lofts dominate Bushwick real estate but condo conversions and new developments are under way. Although Starbucks and other popular chain stores aren’t in the neighborhood, commercial areas are developing. Knock-off fast food restaurants neighbor unpretentious art galleries and churches. Vermin and bedbugs are unresolved problems for residents in many older buildings. High crimes rates are still being addressed by the city. However, whatever Bushwick may lack it makes up in location –the neighborhood is on the L line and is minutes from Williamsburg and Manhattan. With gentrification in Bushwick, the question is not if but when.