August 13, 2012 - Front Section
Urban Land Institute New York (ULI New York) hosted a walking tour of Bushwick on July 14th. The tour took ULI New York's Young Leaders Group and other guests through some of the growing neighborhood's exciting art galleries, food, culture and housing stock.
ULI New York's Young Leaders toured Roberta's, the Luhring Augustine Gallery and multifamily developments of Henry Development, LLC, in Bushwick. Speakers included, Chris Parachini, one of the owners and founders of Roberta's, William Helfrecht from Luhring Augustine Gallery and Paul Henry, principal of Henry Development, LLC. The tour was moderated by Sandy Albert of Andover Properties, LLC. Speakers discussed Bushwick's rapid growth at their respective venues in the area, providing guests with first-hand insights into the exciting changes going on in the community. The tour concluded with a tasting menu and networking reception at Northeast Kingdom.
The event allowed guests the opportunity to tour a variety of different locations all in one afternoon and speakers provided insiders' perspectives and special access to each site. ULI New York fosters important examinations of the urban fabric of communities and facilitates dialogue with the leaders who are creating these spaces.
Bushwick has been rapidly changing, becoming a desirable location for developers in recent years. Many comparisons have been made between contemporary Bushwick and SoHo in the 1970s. Although Bushwick contains areas that are zoned for industrial uses only, the area, like SoHo, has become a destination for artistic developments, including art galleries, studios and loft spaces. As the neighborhood changes, unique opportunities arise to contribute to the development of this thriving community.
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