Think of Greenpoint as a “Williamsburg, Jr.” but with sorta cheaper rent (though to everyone’s dismay that’s directly correlated to how many cool kids move in) and Polish immigrants instead of Hasidic Jews. It’s a hotbed for new bourgie eateries and cute dessert spots like Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream and Peter Pan Bakery.
You saw before when we said “Williamsburg, Jr.” right? No hipster shortage, no hipster surplus — juuust right. For now, anyway.
GRAFFITI’S KINDA NICE… AWARD:
The outskirts of Greenpoint are, frankly, pretty ugly. And the other buildings simply look old (not in the “classic New York” way). The redeeming factors are the cool graffiti you’ll find all over the streets and McCarren Park in which you may frolic freely.
THE BIG SAUSAGE AWARD:
One word: Brunch. Another word: Polish platter. Okay, that one was two words, but you catch my drift. There’s a good balance of mom-n-pop Polish restaurants and modern brunching/lunching/dinner-ing/afternoon-coffee-ing spots like Five Leaves making it easier to change it up. A light dusting of Asian and Italian cuisine, but far and few between.
PERFECTLY POPULATED BARS AWARD:
Like the food, there’s also a great mix of nightlife here thanks to the dramatic divide in demographics. Spots like The Diamond and Pencil Factory are so oddly placed within the neighborhood that you won’t find yourself in the middle of an overcrowded bar fighting for a drink. Win.
WHY YOU’D WANT TO LIVE IN GREENPOINT:
If you want to be around hip young’ns like yourself but not all. The. Freaking. Time. Bonus: awesome views of Manhattan.
WHY YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO IN GREENPOINT:
A little difficult to get to and from, and it’s not the most picturesque place in the world.
DID YOU KNOW…
Lena Dunham’s character on her uber pops HBO series, GIRLS gets a job at a Greenpoint cafe, Cafe Grumpy. She also lives there. Meaning the GIRLS crew is oft filming in this area. THUS, by way of logical fallacy, living there will get you on TV (or at least let you have a fangirl/fanboy moment). This could be your big break, man. Don’t let it pass you by.