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Living in Greenpoint

Greenpoint is an expressive neighborhood, with a history rich in creativity and a modern population that continues this tradition through design, music and artwork.

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Greenpoint is bordered by Long Island City to the north, Williamsburg to the south, Maspeth to the east and the East River to the west. 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 the Greenpoint and Nassau Avenue stations and the MTA New York City Bus system also runs through the area.

Greenpoint real estate

Greenpoint real estate options include single-family properties, as well as multi-family townhouses. Many of the latter are washed in colorful vinyl finishes that balance out the older brownstones and brick quarters that fill the historic district. Many of the older properties, including some pre-war buildings, have been remodeled into larger living spaces with multiple bedrooms.

Some of the most eye-catching Greenpoint rentals are situated along the waterfront of the East River. Once largely an industrial area, the space now thrives with abundant greenery surrounding chic residential units that include studios and one and two-bedroom apartments. Luxury amenities like fitness centers, extensive bike storage and lavish waterfront views are all included.

Greenpoint history

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In 1638, Dutch settlers bought the land from Native Americans and named it Bos-ijck, which means"the wooden district." At the time, the neighborhood was shrouded in trees and grassy areas along the East River, which eventually led to its new name: Greenpoint.

The area changed hands a few times following the initial land purchase by the Dutch and was primarily a closed off farming region, with very few families residing there. When Greenpoint's first road was built in 1838, it led to tremendous growth. Before long, the region became an industrialized center of slaughterhouses, oil refineries and breweries. European immigrants began moving to the neighborhood hoping to procure jobs in the industrial sector.

Though many came to Greenpoint but the Polish influence is undeniable. The area has even been known as Little Poland. Over time countless Polish delis, bakeries and meat markets opened up shop along the busy commercial streets.

Greenpoint restaurants

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New Yorkers have flocked to Five Leaves since it first opened its doors in 2008. A decidedly hipster-friendly joint that manages to appeal to the masses, the restaurant is located in an airy space with outdoor seating. The commitment to organic poultry and eggs, sustainable seafood and locally sourced ingredients is also a draw. Dishes are creative yet unfussy: Indian food lovers step outside of their comfort zones to try the grilled quail tikka, while traditionalists opt for the five leaves burger, which includes fried pineapple and egg on a grass-fed beef patty.

Esme gives Greenpoint residents a taste of chic city life within the cozy confines of the neighborhood. It's a fine example of modern rustic glamour, with exposed light bulbs dangling boldly from the ceiling and thick wood paneling covering the storefront. The chefs here are big on comfort food, crafting everything from grilled cheese on sourdough and grilled salmon to house-cut French fries.

For a taste of history, head to Bamonte's Restaurant. The eatery opened in 1900 and is said to be the oldest Italian restaurant in the entire city. The family-run establishment is located off the main road and stepping inside is a bit like being in Italy itself. There are all the trappings of tradition: smooth white tablecloths, ornate chandeliers, lush red drapes and old-world artwork supported by gilded picture frames. Pasta, fish and chicken dishes crowd the menu and have attracted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Robert DeNiro over the years.

Greenpoint attractions

Lush parks are one of the highlights of living in Greenpoint. Msgr. McGolrick Park is home to the Greenpoint War Memorial, which honors the Greenpoint residents who served in World War I. McCarren Park, meanwhile, measures 35 acres and could well be considered the neighborhood's hub of activity. It houses courts for basketball, bocce, handball and tennis, along with a track, football and baseball fields, and a skate park. There's also a free outdoor pool. WNYC Transmitter Park sits along the East River, and its waterfront views alone are worth the visit.

Greenpoint shopping

Charming boutiques like Loren showcase what it truly means to be"made in Brooklyn." The shop was established in 2002 as a purveyor of hand-made, completely unique denim with a vintage look. Line & Label is an independent designer's dream; owner Kate O'Riley sells her own clothes and handbags here, along with a mix of other wares by Brooklyn designers. Proof that old buildings can be fabulous in the 21st century, Dusty Rose Vintage is housed in a 2000-square-foot warehouse and filled to the brim with bin upon bin of retro clothing. There's a bit of everything here, from the old-school butterfly-collared jackets of the 70s to the punk-rock motorcycle jackets of the early 80s.

Greenpoint nightlife

Saint Vitus Bar is one of Greenpoint's premier music and event spaces. From its red candles to its dark mahogany bar, the place has a sultry, dramatic feel. Join the raucous crowds for karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, or drop in throughout the week to catch a live show from an array of hardcore thrasher and metal bands.

One of the many standout watering holes in Greenpoint is Black Rabbit. It's a study in pre-war architecture, with old-world light fixtures, a 19th-century bar and a stately little fireplace fronted by an ornate iron cover. Incredible, ancient design aside, it's the best place in the city to grab a pub-style meal and lounge in a beer garden.

Greenpoint Gentrification

"Over 27 years, I have watched my neighborhood slowly evolve into a Hollywood on Newtown Creek: TV and movie crews everywhere. And the real development is just about to begin."
Marsha Pels
Marsha               Pels

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