Located on the northernmost point in Brooklyn, Greenpoint offers old-school community vibes as well as a burgeoning creative scene. Generations of families and newcomers alike delight in the intimate charm of this quiet, tucked-away neighborhood.
Greenpoint has long been an industrial maritime and the home to Polish and Irish immigrants beginning in the late 1800s. Shipbuilding, glasswork, and pencil manufacturing were the big businesses in the area until World War II. Today , Greenpoint has shed its reputation as an industrial neighborhood in exchange for one as a leader in Brooklyn's new scene.
Greenpoint's quiet atmosphere extends from the residential areas to the main streets, where many entertainment options can be found.
In Greenpoint, you'll find a friendly mix of old, well-loved neighborhoods and new Brooklyn-branded eateries. Lomzynianka has been around for decades and serves authentic Polish food to regular customers every night, while in-the-know neighbors frequent bars like Matchless, tucked-away in what was formerly an auto repair shop.
Greenpoint offers a variety of shopping centers where fashionable neighbors visit boutiques like Old Hollywood, located on Franklin Street.
Those looking for inexpensive shopping find it in Manhattan Avenue, where Manhattan's Midtown East can be seen from afar.
Shoppers looking to explore Brooklyn’s literary scene visit Word, a popular indie bookstore that hosts book clubs and speakers regularly.
Nightlife in Greenpoint is a welcome mix of family-owned dive bars and modern speakeasy-type spots like Broken Land. Casual restaurants like Lokal offer a relaxing and low-key alternative to the bar scene.
At the northernmost tip of Greenpoint, residents hang out at the developing waterfront and enjoy incredible views of the Manhattan skyline.
The only subway line in Greenpoint is train, which runs from Queens to Brooklyn. If you need to be in and out of Manhattan regularly, you might find the limited transit option frustrating.
Although rents in Greenpoint are lower than those in Manhattan and Williamsburg, they’ve also been on the rise as the neighborhood grows in popularity. Elegant brownstones and newly-built luxury condos on Franklin and Huron Streets are sought-after in the northern end, where developers hope to build even more high-rise buildings.
But near McGolrick and McCarren Park, traditional row homes are readily available at more affordable prices.
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