|The evolution of the waterfront continues in North Brooklyn into Greenpoint – now considered one of the most scenic and desired residential areas in Brooklyn. Greenpoint is nestled between Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Long Island City
in Queens on the East River. What was once a predominantly Polish-American immigrant community has slowly evolved into an intriguing mix of ex-Manhattanites with young families and artists, along with old and new businesses/housing sitting side by side. Unlike many neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Greenpoint feels like a small town. Many of the people I know living there love it because they feel a part of a community. They know most of their neighbors, their kids play together in the numerous parks, and they gather on their stoops to catch up. It’s an urban sanctuary where they get more community, more space and a backyard they never dreamed of having when living in the city.It’s easy to spend a fun afternoon in Greenpoint. Along the corridors of Franklin and Greenpoint Avenues, you’ll find independent, trend-setting home goods stores, bookstores, and clothing stores. There is also no shortage of charming eateries and bars with sumptuous bites to enjoy morning, noon and night.
Once considered out of the way, Greenpoint residents have taken to the East River Ferry service (they have already reached their projected ridership for 2020 with 3 million people riding in 2017), and have deemed riding the G train north 2 stops to the E, M and 7 to get to Midtown Manhattan “not so bad”. It is also centrally located to access Manhattan by car via the Williamsburg Bridge, Midtown Tunnel and the 59th Street Bridge.
Now with the waterfront developments underway, offering unobstructed and stunning views of Manhattan, Greenpoint is sure to grow substantially over the next 3-5 years. The first-ever skyscraper in the neighborhood called The Greenpoint is slated for occupancy in early 2019 with 65% of its condos sold. Nestled along the East River Ferry pier and a new public waterfront park to be built, it stands 40 stories and has over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities – the first-of-its-kind luxury waterfront living in the neighborhood.