It has been far too long since we’ve talked about a New York neighborhood but we’re back! This time I ventured into Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like many New York neighborhoods, Greenpoint was originally lush farmland. Over the years the land became very industrial housing various warehouses and factories including printing, glass, and pottery, as well as shipping commerce due to it’s proximity to the East River and Newton Creek. Greenpoint’s community is predominantly Polish, even having the nickname “Little Poland,” but also includes Germans and Irish. Today, the neighborhood is seeing many new apartments being built as well as development of a 28 acre waterfront park. Greenpoint is peninsula bounded by the East River and Newtown Creek from the west and north and Williamsburg and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway from the South and East, respectively; it can be accessed via the G train or the East River Ferry as well as by bus.
After wandering around for a bit, I wanted to check out Glasserie. It is located in Northern Greenpoint in the former home of Greenpoint Glass Works. Glasserie has a rustic but modern interior with a large outdoor courtyard. They serve up Mediterranean fare with a Middle Eastern Twist. I had some friends meet me there so I could try multiple dishes. Together we sampled the eggplant with fried ricotta, sweet corn, and the lamb stew. All three were delicious but I think the sweet corn won for me. Stop in for food or just to grab a drink. The cocktails are great too.
Refueled, I headed back out to explore more. I came across the wonderful WNYC Transmitter Park. A tiny little park located off Greenpoint Ave. There are several wonderful parks in Greenpoint but I favored this one because of the fantastic view you get of the Manhattan Skyline. Plus there is a pier you can walk out on and feel like you’re in the middle of the East River! Bring your fishing pole and head out too. Just down the street you’ll find the Brooklyn Expo Center. Be sure to check out their calendar of events for cool things to do. Coming up in late September is a beer festival.
With drinks on my mind I headed inland to Ramona. I absolutely love the interior to this place. Clean white tiles, wood and brass fixtures, and a gorgeous long marble bar give Ramona a welcoming modern look. Ramona is known for their cocktails so naturally I indulged. I settled on the Glassine Stamp which is made up of Earl Grey Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Dry Vermouth, Vanilla, Bitters, and topped with a cherry. I’m not normally one to go for gin right away but the combo of these flavors was enticing and boy did my tastebuds know what was up. I will definitely be back to try all of their cocktails. Maybe I’ll see you there.
Here are some more shots from around Greenpoint
Five Leaves (Australian/American), Lobster Joint, Brooklyn Label, Cafecito Bogota (Colombian), Paulie Gee’s (pizza), Acapulco (Mexican), Karxzma (Polish), Red Star (Wings), River Styx (American), Ovenly (desserts), Enid’s (diner/vegetarian fare), Alameda (burgers), Nights and Weekends (Mexican/Caribbean), Luksus (Danish), Adelina’s, Calexico (tacos), Le Gamin (French bistro), Lomzynianka (Polish), Eat, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. (seafood).
Toorst (beer) Brouwerij Lane (beer), No Name Bar, Manhattan Inn (piano bar), Turkey’s Nest (dive) Greenpoint Heights, Pencil Factory, The Gutter (bar and bowling), Bar Matchless, Tommy’s Tavern, Spritzenhaus (beer hall), Capri Social Club, Oak and Iron, The Bounty (nautical), Saint Vitus (metal bar).
Monsignour McGolrick Park, Brooklyn Expo Center, McCarren Park, Take a tour with Tour NY Like a Native or the Newtown Creek Alliance, or take a ride on the East River Ferry.
Hotel Le Joile, The Henry Norman Hotel, McCarren Hotel, The Box Hotel, or grab an airbnb.
Photography and editing: Nick Pierce