Greenpoint is one of the most charming places in New York City. For as much multi-culturalism there is to enjoy in the city, this neighborhood proves that a decent difficulty of getting there yet extreme proximity to the center allows it to carve its own authentic style and rhythm, unaffected by the turmoil of Manhattan. It is home to outstanding restaurants, and coffee shops and now an emerging hub for refined design culture with boutique shops and markets popping up on every corner.
A view on the cab by the Box House Hotel from Pulaski Bridge. Midtown Manhattan as seen from Pulaski Bridge. Next to the studio of a local sculptor. A hand-painted door sign — one of many examples of Greenpoint’s love for authenticity. Milk & Roses, a local restaurant with a library set, a grand piano, and live streaming of the only radio station I listen to — FIP from Paris. Eastern District offers fresh produce from all over the country, has a large selection of cheeses and craft beers, and an array of freshly-made sandwiches. Inside East River Tattoo shop. Recently opened Swetleaf is a coffee shop with a roaster in the back. This particular location serves one of the best espressos in New York (and plays one of the most hideous music playlists too — highly dependent on the barista’s preferences). I get too emotional with colored chalk. A casual stroll in Greenpoint is full of freedom, space and serenity. Bakeri is a wonderful pastry and sandwich cafe set in a French village. Hand-crafted signs. The beautiful interiors of Eagle Trading Co. are overshadowed by the poor quality of their coffee. More hand-painted signage. Wolves Within offers a curated selection of casual clothing for men and women. Duke’s Liquor Box could have been based in Knoxville, but it’s here in Greenpoint. Home of the Brave is my favorite design shop in North Brooklyn. Inside, a refined, highly tasteful selection of homeware and stationery from around the world. In God We Trust on Greenpoint Ave. specializes in vintage-inspired mens and womens goods. Word is the only general bookstore in Greenpoint, filled with light and (again) undeniable charm. Downstairs is a literary salon for book readings and other literary gatherings. The newcomer in Greenpoint’s design hub, is Porter James with an array of great reclaimed furniture and home accessories. A door stop and mat at Porter James. Shelves at You & Yours Fine Vintage piled with rare and dramatic finds for a peculiar taste. Inside Academy Records. View at Oak Street. Some architectural details brought from Poland. Sign dilemma. Greenpoint Wood Exchange is home to 12 woodworking studios and workshops. McGolrick Park is set in 1990s Warsaw. Vinnie’s Pizza serves one of the best slices in the city (topped probably by Two Boots). The staff at Vinnie’s Pizza doesn’t lose a moment to put on a gag. The hallways in Greenpoint are at times enimagtic. Kimchee Market offers some authentic Korean groceries in a Scandinavian setting.