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The best things to do in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Head to Greenpoint, Brooklyn for everything from funky vintage stores to quaint book shops and other amazing things to do

By Jennifer Picht and Collier Sutter
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Nestled next to Williamsburg, Greenpoint—a Polish immigrant enclave—has everything you could want out of a Brooklyn neighbhorhood. Greenpoint's gorgeous waterfront views and historic buildings suggest an atmosphere that is comparable to low-key Brooklyn Heights. But the area is also bustling with nightlife with some of the best bars in NYC, and thrilling things to do including exploring one of the best NYC parks, the best bookstores, and its an amazing culinary destination.

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Things to do in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

McCarren Park
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McCarren Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Greenpoint

The shared stomping ground between Greenpoint and Williamsburg is not just a massive playing field for competitive North Brooklyn dwellers to mingle with their kickball leagues. The outdoor communal hub has way more to offer. During the warmer-months, cool off at McCarren Park’s massive swimming pool, watch classic ‘90s flicks under the stars during outdoor movie nights and hit up an awesome farmer’s market chock-full of seasonal meats, produce and baked goods.

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Shopping Bookstores Greenpoint

This quaint bibliophiles' hub is one of the best spots to catch a book talk led by up-and-coming authors and illustrators. When the spot is not hosting an abundance of local talents, you can shop for classic novels and more up-to-date titles.

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vintage furniture
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Dobbin Street Co-op

Shopping Antiques Greenpoint

Spend the afternoon at vintage treasure trove, Dobbin St. Vintage Co-op, to fill your home with stunning (and affordable) home goods from the ’60s and ’70s. For more convincing, scan their eye-candy Instagram page.

Archestratus

Shopping Bookstores Greenpoint

Chefs-in-training flock to Archestratus for its wide selection of culinary texts from across the globe. Foodie biographies, vintage cookbooks and local works line the shelves, but in case these yummy reads are making your tummy grumble, there’s a cafe in the back that’s stocked with a nice selection of beer, wine, teas, coffee, house-made cookies and savory snacks (we hear the pistachio lace cookie is the bomb). Fun fact: On Thursday nights they host a traditional Sicilian dinner from 7-9pm (first come first served.)

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Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball
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Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball

Bars Dive bars Greenpoint

Doing laundry is fun at this Greenpoint laundromat that fronts an arcade bar behind a two stacked "dryers." 

Di an Di
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Di An Di

Restaurants Vietnamese Greenpoint

The modern takes on Vietnamese dishes here is refreshing whether you’re dining inside or out. We love dishes like the chicken-and-cabbage salad full of fresh herbs and greens perfect for a steamy summer day.

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Chez Ma Tante
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Chez Ma Tante

Restaurants Canadian Greenpoint

The pancakes alone are enough reason to lure us to this Montreal-inspired restaurant. There’s an edge of refinement, yet it’s laid back. You’ll feel right at home whether you simply order a cocktail or dig into an order of toast topped with tomatoes and anchovies.

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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Spritzenhaus

Bars Beer bars Greenpoint

This massive beer hall—owned by Robert Shamlian (Spitzer's Corner, Fat Baby)—carries over one hundred craft brews, including an assorted cocktail and wine list. (FYI: We recommend ordering the spiked cider during the colder months). Inside the 6,000-square-foot gastropub, there are plenty of wooden tables to accommodate large parties (there are more intimate tables near the marble bar, if you’re out with your crush). Hopped up drinkers can line their bellies with salty snacks, like sausages and pretzels and French fries, from a German-focused menu.

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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Saint Vitus

Music Music venues Greenpoint

Hardcore metal fans can give into their vice at this booze den. This Greenpoint drinkery—adorned with all-black walls and dead roses hanging above the bar—stays true to traditional rock & roll dives, but adds a New Brooklyn twist. Rockers make the pilgrimage to satisfy a yearning for Marshall amps and screaming guitar riffs, but when there’s no show in the back room, the front bar serves as a sleek clubhouse for drinkers who prefer Black Sabbath to Lady Gaga as a boozing soundtrack.

Ponyboy
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Ponyboy

Bars Cocktail bars Greenpoint

Normally, you’d expect to sit at Ponyboy’s handsome front bar while sampling its delightful array of cocktails, before heading to the back for a late-night goodie. Sadly, there’ll be no shape-throwing (for now), but you can still taste the lovely cocktails thanks to Ponyboy’s outdoor seating with live music (through the window.

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