Greenpoint, Brooklyn's northernmost neighborhood, is often referred to as "Little Poland'' due to its large Polish community. Formerly farmland and then an industrial area filled with factories, Greenpoint has been revitalized. In recent years, the working-class community has emerged as an after-work destination and a happening place to live.
Freelancers of all kinds flock to the boutique coworking spaces like the pet-friendly Class & Co, the sun-filled PencilWorks, housed in a former pencil factory, the well-appointed Greendesk, and factory-turned-coworking space Bond Collective.
Between meetings, head out to family-owned Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop for handmade doughnuts, Pierozek for handmade pierogi, and the one Michelin-starred Oxomoco for authentic and creative Mexican fare. Relax after work with live Polish music, beer, and pierogi served by waitresses in traditional Polish attire at Karczma or dinner and drinks at 21 Greenpoint, the creative culinary world of Homer Murray, actor Bill Murray's son. Save room for ice cream and pie milkshakes at Davey's Ice Cream.
Toast to a job well done at local watering holes like brewpub Keg & Lantern, Danish bar-restaurant Tørst, and wine bar Coast and Valley, where every wine is available by the glass. Make time to visit Sunshine Laundromat, an arcade, laundromat, and art museum filled with pinball and washing machines.
Need more downtime? Frolic in the 35-acre McCarren Park and take a refreshing dip in the Olympic-size McCarren Pool. Indulge in some retail therapy at the weekend Greenpoint Terminal Market, where local artisans and food vendors set up along the East River. Or, spend time browsing the books at WORD bookstore and seeing the latest exhibits at Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, an artist-run waterfront space housed in a former rope factory.
Lauren is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in 100+ publications, including The Daily Meal, Culture Trip...
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