While Greenpoint has been feeling the incursion of trendy Williamsburg to the south, it proudly maintains its own distinct character. Since 2005, when new zoning laws paved the way for the conversion of low slung buildings from industrial to residential along the waterfront, the area has seen an influx of a young artsy crowd. There is also a strong Polish American presence in the area, with some of the best Polish restaurants and bakeries in the city concentrated around Manhattan and Nassau Avenues. Try kielbasa or pierogies at Lomzynianka or Karczma. The streets are clean and the mostly wood frame houses, often with colorful facades, are maintained with pride.
Parks and Rec
There are 3 lovely parks in Greenpoint: the new WNYC Transmitter Park on the waterfront; the 9 acre McGolrick Park which has beautiful mature trees and hosts a Sunday farmer’s market; and the 35 acre McCarren Park, which has an outdoor pool and recreation area and hosts summer films and concerts as well as a Saturday greenmarket.
Eat, Drink and . . .
Closer to the waterfront, some of the city’s best bars, restaurants and shops are thriving in repurposed industrial spaces. Torst has been named one of the best craft beer bars in the country, and its adjoining restaurant, Luksus, enjoys the distinction of being one of the top restaurants in the city. Tiny Brouwerij Lane is a favorite local watering hole. Dirck the Norseman, a popular brew pub with a large outdoor patio, opened in an old industrial space. Paulie Gee’s serves some of the city’s best pizza from its wood burning oven. Industrial-chic restaurant Glasserie always draws a crowd. Independent bookshop Word hosts a wide variety of community events ranging from book clubs and readings to tastings, comedy nights, and craft workshops.
The NY Waterway Ferry has a slip at India St.