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Greenpoint

Greenpoint
Living in Greenpoint

In recent years, Greenpoint has grown to become one of the city's most exciting neighborhoods. A haven for artists, musicians, and designers the area is filled with venues, bars, and boutiques. McCarren Park and other green spaces offer you an escape from the hustle and bustle, but you're also well-connected to the rest of the city.


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Times Square is about half an hour away via subway, and both JFK and LaGuardia airports are roughly a 25-minute drive away on a good traffic day. The G train stops at the Greenpoint and Nassau Avenue stations and the New York City Bus system also runs through the area.

Greenpoint Real Estate

Once an industrial area Greenpoint has put some of the old factories and warehouses to good use converting them to spacious Greenpoint apartments with waterfront views and surrounding greenery provided by the WNYC Transmitter Park. Luxury high-rises like The Greenpoint also provide an alternative for a more modern property.

Further inland are multi-family townhouses with distinctive vinyl sidings and brownstones that fill the historic district. If you're looking for Greenpoint rentals, there are plenty of options at all price points with remodeled older properties and new developments offering luxury condos including amenities like fitness centers, roof decks, and concierge services.

Greenpoint History


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Established in 1638 by Dutch settlers who bought the land from the Lenape Indians, it was initially part of the mid 17th-century town called Bos-ijck which means 'wooden district.' The area's most northern point was covered in trees hence the name 'Greenpoint.' By the 1800's it had become the center for the 'five black arts:' glass and pottery-making, printing, refining and the manufacturing of cast iron. In the latter part of the 19th-century, immigrants began to arrive from Russia, Italy, and in particular, Poland. By the 1990's young professionals began to rent homes in the area bringing in an influx of new bars and restaurants.

Greenpoint Attractions

Opened in 1906, McCarren Park is the beating heart of the neighborhood. It's a popular destination for recreational activities like softball, handball, volleyball, soccer, and not to mention running. Located in the park is McCarren Pool, a once a popular outdoor swimming destination until its closure in 1984. Today it is a popular concert, party and film-screening venue.

The distinctively named Monsignor McGolrick Park is another green space in the neighborhood. It is home to the Shelter Pavilion, a classic brick, and limestone structure designated as a New York City Landmark. Down by the East River is the WNYC Transmitter Park. The area was once home to the working WYNC Radio Transmission Towers, from where it gets its name but is now an impressive green space with stunning views of Manhattan and the river with places to fish, play and enjoy walks.

Greenpoint Shopping

The number of exciting shopping destinations in the neighborhood has soared with small independents setting up like the boutique Wolves Within, which sells thoughtfully made and carefully curated apparel, accessories, and artwork. The store emphasizes Fair Trade practices, in addition to supporting local designers and artists.

Indie clothing store Alter specializes in new and vintage menswear and accessories. It features clothes made from salvaged fabrics and stocks other recycled-apparel brands, along with trendy designer labels. There is also a sister store selling women's fashion.

Loren is a denim boutique with an incredible selection of jeans. Some are vintage finds, but most are made by the owner Loren Cronk, who uses cloth imported from Italy. He'll also turn his skills to resurrecting your most distressed pair of jeans.

Chefs and home cooks go to Archestratus, a store specializing in new and vintage cookbooks. Naturally looking at all those recipes would make anyone hungry, so the store also has a café specializing house-made Sicilian baked goods. Classes, readings, and talks from guest Chefs also take place in the space. Academy Records Annex is a great place to pick up new and used CDs and vinyl in a range of genres. If you don't find what you're looking for there, try Co-op 87 records and tapes which has an impeccably curated vinyl selection. Determined record enthusiasts might also visit the basement of The Thing, an antique store with an extensive collection of vinyl in crates to thumb through.

Finally, for sixty years or more, the 'Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop' has been making fresh donuts and pastries. It has counter seating if you want to enjoy them in-house and maybe even accompany them with one of the shop's egg creams.

Greenpoint Restaurants


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Innovative Paulie Gee's serves wood-fired pizzas topped with unusual locally sourced ingredients. One option on the menu is 'A Whiter Shade of Kale,' a pizza made with fresh mozzarella and nut-free kale pesto. You'll also find a wide range of vegan pizza options. Located in a former butcher shop, Cherry Point specializes in ethically produced charcuterie, seasonal vegetables and interpretations of classics like steak tartare and grilled seafood. Also, it serves craft cocktails and a wine list featuring small independent producers.

Funded by the estate of Heath Ledger, Five Leaves is a bistro that serves New American food with an Australian accent courtesy of executive chef Ken Addington. The restaurant has a nautical theme with maritime scenes etched on the tabletops. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is a fish market and casual seafood restaurant serving favorites like oysters, lobster rolls, and chowder in a white-tiled space. Most of the seating is found at a long counter, though there are also five two-top tables.

Lastly, Selamat Pagi is Indonesian for 'Good Morning' and is also the name of Greenpoint's Balinese-inspired restaurant. There's a strong focus on vegan and vegetarian food on the menu with flavors like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, coconut and lots of chilies.

Greenpoint Nightlife

On the upper edge of McCarren Park, you'll find Spritzenhaus, a 6000 square feet beer garden. With its spacious bar, communal benches and sidewalk seating it is a great place to come with a group to enjoy a host of German draft beers and domestic craft brews.

With walls decorated with the work of local artists, The Moonlight Mile is a whiskey bar that serves over 200 American whiskeys, 12 craft beers and a list of innovative, custom whiskey cocktails. For a more active night out try The Gutter, a lo-tech, old-school bowling alley with eight hardwood lanes and a bar that serves craft-brewed beer.

If bowling isn't your game, the barroom also hosts live music and comedy acts. Located inside the Polish National Home, Warsaw is one of the city's best destinations for live music. Indie favorites past and present have played on this stage fueled by the pierogis that you can buy in the room next door.

Dark and smoky Saint Vitus offers a different musical experience. Its deep mahogany bar serves up beer and shot combos while its stage showcases a variety of hardcore, thrasher and heavy metal bands.

Living in Greenpoint
In recent years, Greenpoint has grown to become one of the city's most exciting neighborhoods. A haven for artists, musicians, and designers the area is filled with venues, bars, and boutiques. McCarren Park and other green spaces offer you an escape from the hustle and bustle, but you're also well-connected to the rest of the city.

Living in Greenpoint” style=

Times Square is about half an hour away via subway, and both JFK and LaGuardia airports are roughly a 25-minute drive away on a good traffic day. The G train stops at the Greenpoint and Nassau Avenue stations and the New York City Bus system also runs through the area.

Greenpoint Real Estate

Once an industrial area Greenpoint has put some of the old factories and warehouses to good use converting them to spacious Greenpoint apartments with waterfront views and surrounding greenery provided by the WNYC Transmitter Park. Luxury high-rises like The Greenpoint also provide an alternative for a more modern property.

Further inland are multi-family townhouses with distinctive vinyl sidings and brownstones that fill the historic district. If you're looking for Greenpoint rentals, there are plenty of options at all price points with remodeled older properties and new developments offering luxury condos including amenities like fitness centers, roof decks, and concierge services.

Greenpoint History


History in Greenpoint” style=


Established in 1638 by Dutch settlers who bought the land from the Lenape Indians, it was initially part of the mid 17th-century town called Bos-ijck which means 'wooden district.' The area's most northern point was covered in trees hence the name 'Greenpoint.' By the 1800's it had become the center for the 'five black arts:' glass and pottery-making, printing, refining and the manufacturing of cast iron. In the latter part of the 19th-century, immigrants began to arrive from Russia, Italy, and in particular, Poland. By the 1990's young professionals began to rent homes in the area bringing in an influx of new bars and restaurants.

Greenpoint Attractions

Opened in 1906, McCarren Park is the beating heart of the neighborhood. It's a popular destination for recreational activities like softball, handball, volleyball, soccer, and not to mention running. Located in the park is McCarren Pool, a once a popular outdoor swimming destination until its closure in 1984. Today it is a popular concert, party and film-screening venue.

The distinctively named Monsignor McGolrick Park is another green space in the neighborhood. It is home to the Shelter Pavilion, a classic brick, and limestone structure designated as a New York City Landmark. Down by the East River is the WNYC Transmitter Park. The area was once home to the working WYNC Radio Transmission Towers, from where it gets its name but is now an impressive green space with stunning views of Manhattan and the river with places to fish, play and enjoy walks.

Greenpoint Shopping

The number of exciting shopping destinations in the neighborhood has soared with small independents setting up like the boutique Wolves Within, which sells thoughtfully made and carefully curated apparel, accessories, and artwork. The store emphasizes Fair Trade practices, in addition to supporting local designers and artists.

Indie clothing store Alter specializes in new and vintage menswear and accessories. It features clothes made from salvaged fabrics and stocks other recycled-apparel brands, along with trendy designer labels. There is also a sister store selling women's fashion.

Loren is a denim boutique with an incredible selection of jeans. Some are vintage finds, but most are made by the owner Loren Cronk, who uses cloth imported from Italy. He'll also turn his skills to resurrecting your most distressed pair of jeans.

Chefs and home cooks go to Archestratus, a store specializing in new and vintage cookbooks. Naturally looking at all those recipes would make anyone hungry, so the store also has a café specializing house-made Sicilian baked goods. Classes, readings, and talks from guest Chefs also take place in the space. Academy Records Annex is a great place to pick up new and used CDs and vinyl in a range of genres. If you don't find what you're looking for there, try Co-op 87 records and tapes which has an impeccably curated vinyl selection. Determined record enthusiasts might also visit the basement of The Thing, an antique store with an extensive collection of vinyl in crates to thumb through.

Finally, for sixty years or more, the 'Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop' has been making fresh donuts and pastries. It has counter seating if you want to enjoy them in-house and maybe even accompany them with one of the shop's egg creams.

Greenpoint Restaurants


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Innovative Paulie Gee's serves wood-fired pizzas topped with unusual locally sourced ingredients. One option on the menu is 'A Whiter Shade of Kale,' a pizza made with fresh mozzarella and nut-free kale pesto. You'll also find a wide range of vegan pizza options. Located in a former butcher shop, Cherry Point specializes in ethically produced charcuterie, seasonal vegetables and interpretations of classics like steak tartare and grilled seafood. Also, it serves craft cocktails and a wine list featuring small independent producers.

Funded by the estate of Heath Ledger, Five Leaves is a bistro that serves New American food with an Australian accent courtesy of executive chef Ken Addington. The restaurant has a nautical theme with maritime scenes etched on the tabletops. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is a fish market and casual seafood restaurant serving favorites like oysters, lobster rolls, and chowder in a white-tiled space. Most of the seating is found at a long counter, though there are also five two-top tables.

Lastly, Selamat Pagi is Indonesian for 'Good Morning' and is also the name of Greenpoint's Balinese-inspired restaurant. There's a strong focus on vegan and vegetarian food on the menu with flavors like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, coconut and lots of chilies.

Greenpoint Nightlife

On the upper edge of McCarren Park, you'll find Spritzenhaus, a 6000 square feet beer garden. With its spacious bar, communal benches and sidewalk seating it is a great place to come with a group to enjoy a host of German draft beers and domestic craft brews.

With walls decorated with the work of local artists, The Moonlight Mile is a whiskey bar that serves over 200 American whiskeys, 12 craft beers and a list of innovative, custom whiskey cocktails. For a more active night out try The Gutter, a lo-tech, old-school bowling alley with eight hardwood lanes and a bar that serves craft-brewed beer.

If bowling isn't your game, the barroom also hosts live music and comedy acts. Located inside the Polish National Home, Warsaw is one of the city's best destinations for live music. Indie favorites past and present have played on this stage fueled by the pierogis that you can buy in the room next door.

Dark and smoky Saint Vitus offers a different musical experience. Its deep mahogany bar serves up beer and shot combos while its stage showcases a variety of hardcore, thrasher and heavy metal bands.

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