[Excerpt] Bushwick, a section of Brooklyn bordered on the North by Flushing Avenue, on the South by the Cemetery of the Evergreens, in the East by St. Nicholas Avenue, and in the West by Broadway, is home to more than 100,000 people. Many of the people living here are recent Latin American immigrants from Mexico, primarily from the impoverished province of Puebla, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. Many others are citizens from Puerto Rico, a good number of whom have been living in the area for years.
Running through the center of Bushwick is Knickerbocker Avenue, one of the major shopping streets in the neighborhood. The street extends nearly a mile from the Knickerbocker Avenue stop on the M line of the subway to just beyond Maria Hernandez Park. Along this vibrant Avenue of stores are more than 175 stores employing hundreds of people from the neighborhood.