Written by Jade Moyano
The area of Greenpoint, in Brooklyn, has been through many ups and downs. While young professionals and new businesses flood the neighborhood in search of the next big thing, Polish businesses and residents watch their neighborhood drastically change overnight.
Today, this change is seen positively, as a balance between the old and new helped create the unique vibe of Greenpoint. Gentrification talks apart, Greenpoint is still the historical home of Polish immigrants in NYC and that means authentic food and grocery stores at every corner. In addition to its old world charm, Greenpoint’s proliferation of vintage boutiques, local markets, craft restaurants and cafes make this area one of the most underrated go-to neighborhoods.
Nobody likes the unreliable G train, but getting there isn’t as hard as it sounds. Only a few minutes by foot from over-the-top Williamsburg, you will find your alternative retreat for the day.
Located on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, this design-forward hotel was originally a factory on the Williamsburg waterfront. The building was constructed in 1901 and has been converted into a 70-room hotel.
The decor is both style-conscious and accommodating, preserving the hotel’s industrial nature while accentuating rustic details throughout. Exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood furnishings, and high pine ceilings are only a small part of what makes the Wythe a must-visit.
The hotel spans over eight floors, with the top-floor corner suites boasting unobstructed views of Manhattan. The 8th floor Lofts include interior stairwells which lead to private roof terraces overlooking the skyline. In addition, the Wythe’s rooftop bar is a neighborhood staple, where guests and visitors can enjoy cocktails, sunsets, and DJ sets.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co.
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster adds a New England vibe to Polish town. If you think the two don’t go together, be ready for a surprise.
Restauranteur Adam Geringer-Dunn and fishmonger Vinny Milburn created an intricate yet relaxed menu and atmosphere, where one can enjoy fried seafood plates, fresh-shucked oysters, fish tacos, draft rosé and local beers without pretension.
An on-site live-lobster tank provides the goods for traditional Maine-style rolls, but the menu also includes some more offbeat items, like a raw kelp-noodle pad Thai and rice bowl with fresh fish.
People of Tomorrow
People of 2morrow is one of those places we initially didn’t want to tell you about. The reason behind such secrecy is that some things are better off as really well-kept hidden gems, especially when it comes to vintage.
The shop, located in the heart of Greenpoint’s bustling Franklin St., oozes charm and originality. The range of unique clothing and objects from local and worldly designers alike span across previous decades and far away places.
Founder Sybil Domond opened up shop in 2013, and while at first we thought it would be just another addition to the neighborhood, we are now certain that People of 2morrow is leading a movement towards more conscious fashion in Brooklyn.
Like any proper hipster bar, Ramona resembles a cocktail den more than anything else. But for those that have spent their fair share of time exploring the boroughs’ ultra meticulous mixology spots, Ramona will feel quite relaxed.
Opened by the owners of East Village favorite Elsa, Ramona’s team make their own syrups and infusions, crafting ultra creative cocktails and barrel-aged drinks.
The space was created by Oliver and Evan Haslegrave’s Home design firm. Like most Haslegrave productions, Ramona has bespoke fixtures, intricate woodwork, a few reflective surfaces, and beautiful light. This is the ultimate pit-stop to recharge and re-energize as you cruise through Greenpoint.