NFT Neighborhood Information: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
With Greenpoint’s giant Polish inhabitants, you possibly can shut your eyes, inhale the scents from close by bakeries and feel like you are in Europe. However then a hipster walks by and you’re instantly reminded that you are merely in the cool epicenter of the universe. However, fact be informed, typically it is exhausting to inform the distinction between ironic and sincere “Members Solely” jackets.
The northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, Greenpoint sits at the confluence of the Newtown Creek and the East River. The Newtown Creek (and its dubious Nature Walk) has a pungent status that literally precedes it; the Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Plant sits on the positioning of a decades-lengthy underground oil spill thrice larger than the Exxon Valdez.
As soon as a significant a part of shipping and manufacturing for the entire New York space, Greenpoint nonetheless has an lively manufacturing base, particularly east of McGuinness Boulevard. That stated, Greenpoint has really flourished as a stress valve for Williamsburg’s gentrified excesses, and though the streets closest to the waterfront have seen an influx of upper-end restaurants, bars and boutiques, Greenpoint nonetheless retains its working-class affordability; there are lots of bargains, particularly when measured against Manhattan costs. Film and television productions have also flourished in Greenpoint, thanks in part to its convenient location close to Long Island Metropolis, a stone’s throw from the northern end of Manhattan Avenue; HBO’s Boardwalk Empire built its waterfront set on the Greenpoint banks of the East River.
Many of the action in Greenpoint is centered on 4 important streets: Manhattan Avenue, Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint Avenue, and Franklin Street. Manhattan Avenue is the primary artery — buses and the G prepare stop alongside Manhattan Avenue and amenities abound. On the southern finish, hipsters converge at Enid’s, just across the street from McCarren Park, whereas farther north, blue collar immigrants attend mass at Saint Anthony of Padua Church. Turning down Greenpoint Avenue from Manhattan Avenue toward the East River will take you past nice bars like the Black Rabbit and the Pencil Manufacturing unit. Franklin Avenue intersects Greenpoint Avenue and is a relaxing antidote to the Manhattan Avenue’s bustle. Head north on Franklin to grab a chew at Brooklyn Label bermuda stone island or a glass of wine at Dandelion Wine. Or head south and store at Alter 140 or Phrase, the world’s solely English language independent bookstore. And do not forget to visit Greenpoint east of McGuinness Boulevard the place yow will discover low cost bars (like Palace Cafe), liquor shops, and eating places (like Calm down) that locals frequent.
Eat … at Calexico
SoHo’s revered taco truck, Calexico Carne Asada, opened its second brick-and-mortar outpost in Greenpoint in 2010. Along with the Vendley brothers’ award-successful tacos and burritos (they took dwelling the Vendy in 2008), the sit-down establishment brings with it the welcome addition of margaritas, micheladas, and $four Tecates. Exposed brick and clapboard walls give the house an element downtown, half taco shack really feel fitting for a Cal-Mex eatery in New York while the restaurant’s steel exterior pays homage to its food truck roots.
Shop … at Fox & Fawn
With its effectively-edited selection of each vintage and contemporary pieces, Fox & Fawn has develop into certainly one of Brooklyn’s most reputable vintage shops. Formerly situated on the LES, the shop relocated to the 11222 zip code in 2010 when it moved in with Heaven Road Records. While Fox & Fawn’s loyal Manhattan clientele could grumble in regards to the erratic G, the shop’s eclectic mix of unique and excessive-end clothing are effectively-value the 10-minute subway transfer. Vintage leather boots and purses line the store’s partitions whereas racks are filled with nautical tees, chunky sweaters, and whimsical button downs. The shop is conveniently positioned close to brunch sizzling spots Enid’s, Matchless, and 5 Leaves making it supreme for pre- or post-Bloody Mary purchasing.
Reclaim Waterfront … on the Newtown Creek Nature Walk
The tip of the Greenpoint frontier — the upper lobe of Brooklyn nesting beneath Long Island Metropolis — is unforgiving territory. The strong winds that blow by way of this oil-sluiced industrial wasteland usually carry the stench of diesel, fish and sewage, but new life breathes in the edge of this desolation throughout the confines of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. The improbability of the park is mirrored in its design: younger trees and shrubbery take tenuous root next to the Brutalist concrete partitions undulating along the perimeter of the sewage plant. Slab-stairs engraved with geologic epochs descend to the primordial ooze of the Creek, and but flowers still bloom even in the twilight of autumn as Manhattan etches a twinkling horizon.