Exploring NYC: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
1:30pm-2.00pm: Meet at Protected content
Then: walk up through McCarren Park to Greenpoint and explore the neighborhood.
Afterwards: late lunch or early dinner at Protected content (if anyone has better suggestion for a good Polish restaurant in Greenpoint, pls msg me).
Greenpoint is the northernmost neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The neighborhood has a large Polish immigrant and Polish-American community, containing many Polish restaurants, markets, and businesses, and it has often been referred to as Little Poland.
Originally farmland – many of the farm owners' family names, such as Meserole and Calyer, are current street names – the residential core of Greenpoint was built on parcels divided during the 19th century, with rope factories and lumber yards lining the East River to the west, while the northeastern section along the Newtown Creek through East Williamsburg became an industrial maritime area.
Greenpoint has long held a reputation of being a working class and immigrant neighborhood, and it initially attracted families and workers with its abundance of factory jobs and longshoreman or dock work. Since the early Protected content , a building boom in the neighborhood, especially of multifamily dwellings, has made the neighborhood increasingly a center of nightlife, attracting more bohemian residents. However, there have been efforts to reclaim the rezoned Greenpoint / Williamsburg East River waterfront for recreational use and also to extend a continuous promenade into the Newtown Creek area.
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