Living in Greenpoint: Things to Do and See in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenpoint, Brooklyn—The New Williamsburg

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Overlooking Manhattan from the banks of the East River, Greenpoint is an Old New York neighborhood between Williamsburg and Long Island City in Queens. The borough of Brooklyn’s northernmost neighborhood is often referred to as Little Poland due to its large Polish-American community. It is also making waves as one of the city’s newest art districts.

Until the start of World War II, the major industries in Greenpoint were shipbuilding, pottery, glassmaking, and pencil manufacturing. It has evolved into a haven for artists, musicians, and designers while retaining its old Brooklyn roots. The leafy, brownstone-lined streets are popular locations for film and television productions at nearby Silvercup Studios in Long Island City. The area has several public parks, recreation areas, and greenways that hug the rugged waterfront, offering popular spots to fish, kayak, and take in the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.

Where is Greenpoint Located in NYC?

Greenpoint is in the borough of Brooklyn, between Williamsburg to the south, Long Island City to the north, the East River to the west and East Williamsburg to the east.

  • East to West Boundaries: Meeker Avenue to the East River
  • North to South Boundaries Paidge Avenue to Nassau Avenue
  • Subway: G
  • Ticket out of the City: NY Waterway ferry service, the Pulaski Bridge, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE)

What to Do in Greenpoint?

Greenpoint lives up to its name: the parks and green spaces, a long, accessible waterfront, hidden galleries and vintage shops. New, eclectic restaurants have opened next to long-established favorite cash-only eateries that serve authentic Polish cuisine. The intriguing mix of old and new side by side can also be found in the neighborhood’s independent fashion and design boutiques and larger retail shops. The heart of the neighborhood is Manhattan Avenue, with its many trendy bars and restaurants. McGolrick Park and McCarren Park offer green spaces for sports and McCarren Park’s public pool has been converted into a concert, party, and film-screening venue.

Greenpoint is a laid-back creative community and its residents have refurbished forgotten basements and closed storefronts into new music and poetry venues or pop-up art exhibition spaces, giving them a vintage vibe. Galleries include the Greenpoint Gallery, a 6,000-square-foot events space on multiple levels. Calico Brooklyn and the artist-run Greenpoint Terminal Gallery share an old warehouse on the waterfront. Greenpoint also has two New York film and stage companies, Broadway Stages and CineMagic Studios. The neighborhood has been the setting of many TV shows, including Girls, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, Homeland, and Boardwalk Empire. Famous residents included actors Mickey Rooney and Mae West.

What to See in Greenpoint?

This former industrial and maritime neighborhood still has relatively low street traffic and offers the buyer Old World ambiance in a quiet setting. Greenpoint has become into Brooklyn’s third-most expensive neighborhood, behind DUMBO and Boerum Hill, with an inventory of impressive converted warehouse and industrial spaces with brick smokestacks, water towers, and sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan and the East River. New developments, such as the Greenpoint, a luxury high-rise condominium, are built or are planned along the waterfront on the north side of the neighborhood, as well as on Franklin and Huron Streets. The area along the waterfront has also been a magnet for many high-tech firms and startups, bringing with them new commercial and residential developments. Greenpoint also offers the buyer multi-family townhouses and historic, landmarked brownstones farther inland and to the south.

Where to Eat in Greenpoint?

Greenpoint offers a wide selection of authentic Polish restaurants, delis, supermarkets, and butchers, as well as international cuisine and trendsetting Brooklyn-branded American eateries. Traditional Polish restaurants line Manhattan and Greenpoint avenues. Among them are Karczma Polish Restaurant and Old Poland Bakery. Acme Smoked Fish is a family-run smokehouse that has been supplying New York City’s top restaurants and delicatessens, such as Russ and Daughters and Zabar’s, since 1954. Another Greenpoint landmark is the 60-year-old Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, renowned for its 1950s-style milkshakes, egg creams, and donuts. The neighborhood’s contemporary restaurants include Oxomoco, a popular Mexican restaurant on Greenpoint Avenue which just received its first Michelin star. Three Greenpoint establishments are recipients of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand: Achilles Heel, a waterfront bar and cafe inspired by a 19th-century dock-workers bar; 21 Greenpoint, from chef/owner Homer Murray (son of Bill Murray); and Glasserie, a Mediterranean restaurant housed in an 1860s glass factory.

What Schools are in Greenpoint?

The neighborhood’s schools include New York’s oldest continuously run public school, the Oliver Hazard Perry elementary school; Ps 31 Samuel F Dupont and Ps 110 The Monitor (both pre-K to grade 5); and the private St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy (pre-K to grade 8).

How Many People Live in Greenpoint?

Population: 34,719

What Languages Are Spoken in Greenpoint?

Language: Language: English (Polish and Spanish are also widely spoken)

What is the Currency in Greenpoint?

Currency: USD

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