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NFT Neighborhood Guide: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
« on: August 18, 2018, 03:13:52 PM »
With Greenpoint's giant Polish inhabitants, you may close your eyes, inhale the scents from nearby bakeries and really feel like you are in Europe. But then a hipster walks by and you're instantly reminded that you are merely within the cool epicenter of the universe. However, fact be told, generally it's exhausting to tell the distinction between ironic and sincere "Members Only" jackets.

The northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, Greenpoint sits at the confluence of the Newtown Creek and the East River. The Newtown Creek (and its dubious Nature Stroll) has a pungent popularity that literally precedes it; the Newtown Creek Sewage Remedy Plant sits on the site of a a long time-lengthy underground oil spill 3 times bigger than the Exxon Valdez.

As soon as a vital part of shipping and manufacturing for the entire New York area, Greenpoint nonetheless has an active manufacturing base, especially east of McGuinness Boulevard. That stated, Greenpoint has really flourished as a pressure valve for Williamsburg's gentrified excesses, and though the streets closest to the waterfront have seen an influx of upper-finish restaurants, bars and boutiques, Greenpoint nonetheless retains its working-class affordability; there are a lot of bargains, particularly when measured in opposition to Manhattan costs. Film and tv productions have also flourished in Greenpoint, thanks partially to its handy location close to Long Island City, a stone's throw from the northern end of Manhattan Avenue; HBO's Boardwalk Empire built its waterfront set on the Greenpoint banks of the East River.

Many of the action in Greenpoint is centered on four major streets: Manhattan Avenue, Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint Avenue, and Franklin Street. Manhattan Avenue is the principle artery -- buses and the G prepare stop along Manhattan Avenue and amenities abound. On the southern finish, hipsters converge at Enid's, just throughout the street from McCarren Park, while farther north, blue collar immigrants attend mass at Saint Anthony of Padua Church. Turning down Greenpoint Avenue from Manhattan Avenue towards the East River will take you previous great bars like the Black Rabbit and the Pencil Factory. Franklin Road intersects Greenpoint Avenue and is a stress-free antidote to the Manhattan Avenue's bustle. Head north on Franklin to grab a chew at Brooklyn Label or a glass of wine at Dandelion Wine. Or head south and store at Alter 140 or Phrase, the realm's solely English language impartial bookstore. And do not forget to visit Greenpoint east of McGuinness Boulevard where you will discover low-cost bars (like Palace Cafe), liquor shops, and eating places (like Chill out) that locals frequent.

Eat ... at Calexico

SoHo's revered taco truck, Calexico Carne Asada, opened its second brick-and-mortar outpost in Greenpoint in 2010. Along with the Vendley brothers' award-profitable tacos and burritos (they took residence the Vendy in 2008), the sit-down establishment brings with it the welcome addition of margaritas, micheladas, and $4 Tecates. Uncovered brick and clapboard walls give the space a component downtown, half taco shack really feel fitting for a Cal-Mex eatery in New York whereas the restaurant's steel exterior pays homage to its food truck roots.

Store ... at Fox & Fawn
With its nicely-edited selection of both vintage and contemporary pieces, Fox & Fawn has turn out to be one among Brooklyn's most respected vintage stores. Formerly situated on the LES, the shop relocated to the 11222 zip code in 2010 when it moved in with Heaven Avenue Records. While Fox & Fawn's loyal Manhattan clientele could grumble about the erratic G, the shop's eclectic mix of unique and excessive-end clothes are well-value the 10-minute subway transfer. Vintage leather boots and purses line the store's walls while racks are crammed with nautical tees, chunky sweaters, and whimsical button downs. The store is conveniently situated near brunch scorching spots Enid's, Matchless, and 5 Leaves making it excellent for pre- or post-Bloody Mary procuring.

Reclaim Waterfront ... on the Newtown Creek Nature Stroll

The end of the Greenpoint frontier -- the upper lobe of Brooklyn nesting beneath Lengthy Island Metropolis -- is unforgiving territory. The sturdy winds that blow through this oil-sluiced industrial wasteland typically carry the stench of diesel, fish and sewage, but new life breathes in the edge of this desolation inside the confines of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. The improbability of the park is mirrored in its design: young trees and shrubbery take tenuous root subsequent to the Brutalist concrete partitions undulating along the perimeter of the sewage plant. Slab-stairs engraved with geologic epochs descend to the primordial ooze of the Creek, and yet flowers nonetheless bloom even within the twilight of autumn as Manhattan etches a twinkling horizon.
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