Greenpoint occupies the northernmost point of Brooklyn. This has been a heavily Polish-American neighborhood for decades, but it's gentrifying quickly as people come here from other parts of the city. But the area still retains its history and charm. So while you're likely to find a trendy bar sitting next door to a traditional Polish restaurant, you'll also hear Polish being spoken around the community by its long-time residents. Many people say it feels like a European village here.
There is a mix of housing here. You'll find vinyl-sided townhouse, older, brick tenement apartment buildings, and a few brownstones. New developments are adding thousands of apartments and condos to the area, mostly along its waterfront. Some of these units will be targeted at luxury buyers while others will be priced affordably. Regardless, Greenpoint is still cheaper than many other parts of Brooklyn.
The influx of young professionals and families has led a burst of new dining options. There are a dozen Polish restaurants, diners, and bakeries in this neighborhood, but American, Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mexican, French, Indonesian, German, and other cuisines can also be found here. Some bars, pubs, and music venues provide nighttime diversion – you can get well drinks and cheap beers at some of the divey places or grab a cocktail at one of the newer spots.
There are a couple parks in the community and Greenpoint has three highly rated elementary schools.
Wall Street: 5 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 4.7 miles / 20-55 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 12.3 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 3.8 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit
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