Following fast on the heels of Williamsburg, Greenpoint comes in at a close second for most happening neighborhoods in Brooklyn. You can only get here on the G train or the ferry, but the plethora of perfect restaurants, drinking joints and independent shops are worth making the trip for. The evening flea market, Brooklyn Night Bazaar, is a good go-to for vintage and one-of-a-kid buys; get a dot-work tat at East River Tattoo, where they specialise in hand-poke techniques; and admire the historic landmarks, like Manhattan Avenue’s wall-mounted timepiece – this cast iron sidewalk clock is the last remaining in Brooklyn.
While there are numerous Paulie Gee’s joints across the States, two of these fine establishments are in Greenpoint. On Greenpoint Avenue you’ll find the dine-in restaurant, where their custom-built, tiled, stone oven resides. Alternatively, you can pick up a single on Franklin Street, their brand new, ’70s vibe slice shop that has a few banks of seats, but is largely for takeaway. If you’re hoping to eat at the restaurant, note that they don’t take bookings, so try to head there early if you’re in a big group.
If craft beer and fine American dining sounds like the perfect night out, you won’t want to bypass Luksus. Founded by chef Daniel Burns and Danish brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, this mini restaurant – hidden in the back of Jarnit-Bjergsø’s Greenpoint bar Tørst – serves up the likes of fried cipollini (a type of onion) paired with Evil Twin’s Nomader Wit (white beer), although the menus, including the beer pairing menu, changes every few weeks.
This Brooklyn park is popular with the locals, hipsters and families alike. There are baseball, football and soccer fields, enclosed dog runs, tennis courts and more. In the summer months you can take advantage of the huge pool, which first opened in 1936 and was, at the time, the largest public pool in NYC. Look out for regular open-air movie nights in the park, as well as the farmers’ market.
This cozy boutique hotel on Franklin Street in Greenpoint definitely lives up to its Brooklyn zip by delivering on the cool factor. Think custom art, woodwork and eccentric décor, not to mention its trendy address, packed with restaurants and bars. No matter what room you’ve booked, the units feel loft-like, luxurious and come complete with high ceilings, modern furnishings and comfy beds. There’s also a sauna, gym and onsite bar.
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Beeline for Dobbin Street. Here you can shop vintage, dine on charcuterie and grilled oysters, and attend an afternoon rooftop party.