Historically, Greenpoint has been a predominantly working class Polish neighborhood often called Little Poland. It has offered a rich assortment of Polish Restaurants, European style groceries and an abundance of affordable shops along such areas as the Manhattan Avenue strip. In the past few years, Williamsburg has gradually become intertwined with Greenpoint offering fine dining, high-end boutiques and nightlife interspersed within the old world charm.
These highly creative mom and pop eateries and boutiques are finding their home on Franklyn Street. Greenpoint’s public schools are among the finest in the city and the neighborhood is geographically rich with the spectacular athletically focused McCarren Park offering Olympic size track, soccer and baseball fields as well as a lawn which becomes a central point for concerts and events during the summer. Since 2012 the addition of McCarren pool, by far the most spectacular city pool, with turn of the century restored structures for indoor recreation and a full city view has added to this wonderful park.
The waterfront and spectacular western views and sunsets are another allure of the neighborhood, with bike paths and parks running from the tip of Greenpoint down to Redhook. The Greenpoint Landing project will add multiple new waterfront residential properties as well as further developing the parks, adding a marina, putting range, ice skating rink and possibly a walking bridge to LIC.
Eastern Greenpoint offers another elegant traditional park McGorky Park with walking paths, playgrounds and a rotunda.