For those that may not know I am originally from Queens, New York. It was always a goal of mine as an adult once I returned back from Philadelphia to move to Brooklyn. I took many detours along the way; Elmont, East/West Harlem, Washington Heights but I finally made it 1.5 years ago. We got our apartment in Williamsburg/Greenpoint out of luck (may tell that story later), and guys I don't think I ever want to leave.
Greenpoint for those who aren't familiar with the area was a predominately Polish neighborhood, bordering LIC and North Williamsburg. A few years back it was pretty much a abandoned area with warehouses and film studios. Opportunity was seen with land along the East River and views of Midtown, hence we know have a gentrification boom.
This post is to talk about all the wonderful places I have learned to enjoy during my time in the neighborhood and share a few new businesses I am happy have joined the hood. Should you every venture to Greenpoint, I hope you can add a few of these to your list.
- Pas Mal- a women's boutique that caters to the person that loves a minimalist lifestyle.
- Brother Vellies- Aurora James creates a open space to enjoy African-made footwear.
- Adaption- Industrial and Mid-Century design furniture with a vintage feel. This place is a bit pricey.
- Home of the Brave - chic housewares store by a husband and wife.
- Goodwill - small, eclectic location to get donated used goods.
- Dusty Rose Vintage - Women vintage gem; with clothing, shoes and accessories stored in bins.
- Academy Records - new & used music store with LPs & CDs . You can get lost in here for hours.
- Wild Was Mama - this store is well curated with maternity, baby and nursing items.
- Wanpaku - new ramen restaurant on the block.
- Pellican Chicken - some of the best Korean chicken.
- Extra Fancy - pretty crab shack restaurant.
- Daveys Ice Cream - walk into this ice cream shop and immediately hit with sugar scents. Ice cream is made on-site.
- Esme - American restaurant, great place for brunch.
- Alameda - this restaurant and bar has the chicest decor.
- Frankels - amazing Jewish deli, we come here for Pastrami and brisket
- The Springs Brooklyn - new Bar and patio location, that is great to meet for happy hour or spend a relaxed Saturday. Note this place is kid and and dog friendly.
- Brooklyn Barge - a bustling waterfront bar, that happens to sell food. Come here to meet with a group of friends and enjoy the views.
- Torst - Danish bar with a serious beer menu.
- Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball - don't be fooled by the outside appearance of this place, pull back the doors of this laundromat and you reach the pinball speakeasy with 23 games and a bar.
- The Moonlight Mile- whiskey, beer and music are the cornerstone of this location. They have over 200+ whiskey choices.