In the early days of Brooklyn, Greenpoint was mainly farmland. But at the turn of the 19th century, it became highly industrialized like most of North Brooklyn, focusing on shipbuilding, given its proximity to the water. The Polish settled the area before the turn of the century and Greenpoint has been categorized as a Polish neighborhood ever since.
After rezoning in 2005, Greenpoint expanded. In addition to the Polish influence, now many young people who have been priced out of the Williamsburg neighborhood call Greenpoint home, facilitating the opening of trendy bars and restaurants. If you are on the hunt for fifteen cool things to do in this art hood, consider checking out this list to fill your itinerary.
Greenpoint on the Map
Greenpoint is bordered by on the southwest by Williamsburg at the Bushwick inlet, on the southeast by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and East Williamsburg, on the north by Newtown Creek and Long Island City, Queens at the Pulaski Bridge, and on the west by the East River.
Subway travel in Greenpoint is limited to one train -- the G line. On weekends, it can be unreliable, with construction usually associated with where it meets the L train at Lorimer/Metropolitan. Bus options include the B62, B43, and B24.
With the help of a broker and good attitude, affordable housing is still an option in the area, but spacious apartments tend to go for at least $2000 a month and higher, depending on the number of bedrooms and square footage.
Bars & Restaurants
Diamond Bar, with its fancy brews and shuffleboard, is in constant competition with Pencil Factory for the best bar in Greenpoint. Anella is a favorite Italian restaurant, and though Williamsburg likes to claim Enid's and Five Leaves as its own, technically these fantastic bar/restaurants fall on the Greenpoint side of the park.
Activities & Attractions
McGolrick Park, at Nassau and Driggs Avenues, may not be able to rival Williamsburg's McCarren Park in size, but it's certainly more beautiful, with big oak trees that line its borders -- a fantastic place for a picnic. Newtown Creek was the site of the Greenpoint oil spill, but the city has been working for years on cleaning it up. The fruit of their labor is a newly renovated park right on the water, with a footbridge to Queens. Once a year, the artists' studios located here open their doors to the public for Greenpoint Open Studios Weekend.
Word Bookstore is not only has a wonderful selection of books, they also host frequent author readings and literary events.
Shopping & Essentials
Franklin Avenue is the main drag of Greenpoint shopping. Alter is an independent label with clothes for both men and women (in separate stores across the street from one another). For more insider neighborhood info, check out Greenpoint neighborhood blog Greenpunkt.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein