Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Bushwick

by Jessica Allen, 09/05/2012

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  • Moore Street Market 
    110 Moore St., 718-384-1371
    Located where Bushwick meets Williamsburg, Moore Street Market is also where Latin America meets Brooklyn. The market opened in 1941, part of a citywide effort to remove pushcart vendors from the street. Since then "La Marqueta de Williamsburg," as it's sometimes known, has been under almost constant threat of extinction; as recently as 2007, outcry from the community helped save it from demolition. Skylights brighten the space, so even in winter it has a cheery vibe. (Vendors who play bomba, plena and other types of music help on that front, too.) Ocasio's Craftman sells wooden signs and plaques from Puerto Rico, while Botánica La Esperanza specializes in religious artifacts, including incense, statuary and candles, as well as natural health products. Yet the best-known stand might be Ramonita's Restaurant. A bilingual menu explains its rotating selection of Dominican/Puerto Rican food, such as arroz con habichuelas (rice and beans) or alcapurria (a meat fritter). The mashed plantain, shredded pork and crackling mofongo make for a can't-miss crunchy, soft, sweet and savory mix. 

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