The northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, Greenpoint occupies a special intersection between inner Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Settled by Europeans in the 17th century, Greenpoint was once isolated farmland but later became a significant industrial area in the 19th century before becoming largely residential. Greenpoint is often known as Little Poland for its high concentration of Polish-Americans and nationals while there are also sizeable Hispanic and Asian populations as well. The working class neighborhood was controversially rezoned in 2005 for development and revitalization and has since seen an influx of gentrifiers.
The Vibe
A strange mix of industrial decay and residential areas maintains the ‘traditional’ Brooklyn charm while the process of gentrification can be seen in newer housing and in new, hip businesses.
Bragging Rights
The best Polish food in the city and several centuries-old churches.
Many townhouses and apartment buildings with some in historic districts and landmarked brownstones while multiple new condominium developments are popping up along the waterfront.
Best Kept Secret
Locals love Lomzynianka for stunning Polish food and Peter Pan Bakery for its donuts.
By Day
Greenpoint is filled with the smells of freshly baked treats and smoked meats while locals go about their business and commuters struggle with the G train.
By Night
While some are weary of side streets and some awful smells, a healthy number of bars and restaurants encourage a vibrant nightlife while commuters still struggle with the G train.