While everyone may be talking about the fact that local haunt and ten-year veteran of the neighborhood Kings County is moving into a different space, no one is really addressing the fact that 1 Knickerbocker is going out of business. The shticky 1890s cuisine was perhaps even too much for the ever-gentrifying Bushwick to handle.
With the reason for Kings County’s move being cited as a significant rent increase, we at The Burning Bush have an inside source who has led us to believe that there’s more of a political motive behind it. As the ultimate symbol of old school Bushwick, Kings County is making a concentrated move to tackle the bourgeois element that has pervaded the neighborhood (see: Hops & Hocks).
Although this “new and improved” Kings County may fall into the trap of having a kitchen that serves food (which may or may not be artisanal), at least they’ve been one of the few businesses to rebel against others of a twee (I really want to emphasize that word) nature. If more bar owners showed half as much gumption, Bushwick wouldn’t have places like Miles or 1 Knickerbocker in the first place. Go to Williamsburg for that shit.
Written by Genna Rivieccio