At a Glance
A former industrial and maritime neighborhood, Greenpoint was once primarily home to Polish and Irish immigrants and is now home to a large artist's community. The nightlife, restaurant and music scene have burgeoned in recent years as energy and activity in Williamsburg creeps north towards Greenpoint. As a result, the neighborhood’s low-key, tucked-away vibe may not last for long, although poor access to public transportation could help deter many potential residents. Despite all the change that’s happened already and the clear potential for greater change to come, Greenpoint still hangs onto its rich history and an old-school community.
Greenpoint has a calm, secluded vibe; it is self-contained and slightly self-obsessed.
Heart of the Neighborhood
Manhattan Avenue offers a slew of old-time neighborhood joints and trendy bars and restaurants.
Greenpoint maintains a large Polish community and as such has some of the city's best and most authentic butchers.
A treasure trove of aging industrial architecture, Greenpoint is full of impressive old warehouses, brick smokestacks and rusting water tanks.
The neighborhood has poor transportation access. The G is the only subway that comes through the neighborhood.
By the Numbers
Prices in Greenpoint tend to be lower than neighboring Williamsburg and Long Island City, but with many converted lofts coming on the market and new development slated for the waterfront, that might not be true for long.
Food & Drink
A culinary destination, Greenpoint is reputable for its wide range of delicious restaurants. The bars are low-key and pride themselves on well-crafted cocktails.
Paulie Gee'sPizza, Vegan, Italian
Impeccable brick-oven pizza served in a beautifully renovated warehouse.
Five LeavesBreakfast & Brunch, American (New), Bars
Known as Heath Ledger’s restaurant, this Australian/American café is stellar (especially the brunch).
GlasserieMediterranean, Breakfast & Brunch, Cocktail Bars
A neighborhood standout, Glasserie serves farm-to-table fare with a Mediterranean twist.