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Must-See Greenpoint

by Matthew Schneier, 06/12/2012

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  • Greenpoint has been enjoying a renaissance lately, including being brought to the fore of pop culture as the home of the girls on Girls, HBO's Sunday-night comedy show. But the neighborhood has a long history, and what began as farmland has blossomed in more recent times into a bustling center of urban life. It has been an immigrant enclave for more than a century, and it wasn't called Little Poland for nothing. As neighboring Williamsburg gentrified in the '90s and 2000s, Greenpoint did, too, although at a slower pace. The neighborhood is serviced by the G train, the only line in the MTA not to touch Manhattan, which helped dampen development. (The L train's Bedford Avenue stop is within walking distance.) Today, Greenpoint is a busy area where young art directors, rockers and even the occasional celebrity too cool for Manhattan (hello, Penn Badgley) rub shoulders with Polish grannies. Here are a few of its must-visit spots.

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