Greenpoint, sometimes referred to as "Little Poland," is one of my favorite NYC neighborhoods, thanks to its rich history, amazing and varied food culture, quirkly venues and architectural diversity. Some highlights below along with photos:
Back in the 19th century, Greenpoint was a center for shipbuilding, glassworks, ceramics manufactoring, and oil refineries. The first ironclad warship, The Monitor was built at the local Continental Ironworks in 1862, and it was an important factor in the Union's victory in th American Civil War.
Some great options for authentic Polish cuisine include Karczma and Pierozek
Several brewpubs including the Greenpoint Beverage Company with ample outdoor seating, and Threes Brewing.
Two riverfront parks with great views (NYC Transmitter Park and the Greenpoint Landing Esplanade, plus McCarren Park (shared with Williamsburg), and McGolrick Park, with its village green vibe.
A brand new public library and environment center with outdoor seating and a rooftop.
The quaint historic district has a lovely array of 19th century brick rowhouses and houses of worship.
The Skyline Drive-In, which invites people to come on foot or bicycle as well as by auto. Nearby is the Stuart Cinema and Cafe and The Film Noir Cinema.
Film and TV production studios, including Broadway Stages which also has a 6,000 square foot rooftop farm.
Charles Pratt's 1880's Astral Apartments, originally built for his workers employed at his Astral Oil Company. Pratt created the Pratt Institute in nearby Clinton Hill.
Contact me if you would like a guided historic tour and/or a real estate and lifestyle tour!