The northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn might just be the borough's best-kept secret, for now. With its rich Polish heritage still intact, Greenpoint offers many of the coveted perks of last-decade Williamsburg at a cheaper price tag. Bordered by the East River and Newtown Creek to the north, Greenpoint's southern edge runs along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, McCarren Park and North 12th Street.
Residents are a mix of third-generation (or older) Greenpoint families and relative newcomers who were either attracted to the area's relaxed attitude or priced out of neighboring Williamsburg and Long Island City. When compared to those booming neighbors, most would describe Greenpoint as warmer and more intimate than LIC, and less crazed and crowded than Williamsburg. And, so far, the influx of new arrivals has elevated the neighborhood's restaurant and bar scene, for example, while leaving beloved mom-and-pop establishments unscathed. But with thousands of new development units slated for Greenpoint, particularly along its waterways, one wonders how long this neighborhood can retain its relaxed appeal.
If you're headed to Greenpoint, get ready to embrace the only-game-in-town, oft-criticized G train, which many locals describe as, "not as bad as everyone says." A ringing endorsement indeed.
Well-maintained Msgr. McGolrick Park features a playground and a farmers' market set among old-growth trees and promenades.
WNYC Transmitter Park, the former home of radio transmission towers, is a recent addition to the Greenpoint landscape, and what this waterfront retreat lacks in space it makes up for in sweeping river and skyline views.
Warsaw at the Polish National Home might be one of the kitschiest, and most endearing, music venues in the city. With a slogan like "Where pierogies meet punk," what's not to love? Na zdrowie!