Commerce & Culture
Greenpoint’s main commercial artery is Manhattan Avenue, which includes a mix of dollar stores and bars and restaurants, both long-established local favorites and newer ones that wouldn’t be out of place in Williamsburg. Franklin Street, running parallel to the East River, is more young-at-heart — it’s home to WORD bookstore, Ovenly bakery (nearby on Greenpoint Avenue), and restaurants that emphasize the local and artisanal — Anella (contemporary American), Le Gamin (French), and Naked Dog (Italian). Much of life in Greenpoint revolves around McCarren Park, which straddles the border between Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and McGolrick Park, on the less commercial, eastern side of McGuinness Boulevard. While Greenpoint’s quiet atmosphere is part of its appeal, it can also be somewhat of a downside, but Long Island City (just over the Pulaski Bridge) and Williamsburg offer movie theaters, music venues, and other cultural venues like Long Island City’s MoMA PS 1.