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Greenpoint's McGolrick Park on Nassau Avenue

A Strong Polish Population Mixes with Artists in Northern Brooklyn

Greenpoint may seem out-of-the way (it's only served by the G train, which only serves Brooklyn and Queens), but once you are there you will find old Polish institutions serving perogies and kielbasa as well as bars and restaurants catering to the younger residents.

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At a Glance

  • Namesake: "Green Point" got its name from dense forests and marshes that once covered Brooklyn's northernmost tip.
  • Alphabet city: Streets that run perpendicular to the East River are named alphabetically north to south, from Ash to Quay.
  • Photo op: Eberhard Faber manufactured its famous No. 2 lead pencils at 61 Greenpoint Avenue; the factory's façade still features pencil-shaped columns.
  • Screen time: Girls fans will recognize Café Grumpy, where Hannah works.

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About Greenpoint

Greenpoint lies directly across the East River from Downtown Manhattan, yet feels like a place apart. If it weren't for its lack of direct subway service to Manhattan — the G train, both a blessing and a curse — New York City's "Little Poland" surely would have succumbed to gentrification's siren song. Instead, a relatively placid and familial vibe fills the charming streets; bike-riding hipsters and buttoned-up Polish grandmothers live side by side; and trendy bars and boutiques abut the Read More [+]

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Getting the Polish Experience in Greenpoint

Greenpoint is riding high these days, buoyed by an artisanal ice cream shop (Van Leeuwen), a bar for barrel-aged beer (Torst), and lots of attention as the setting for Girls, but if you’ve never sampled the bounty of its old Polish Read More »

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