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A guide to local favorites in Greenpoint

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Greenpoint gives you a world of charming old-Brooklyn culture and Polish heritage, while leaving you within a stone’s throw of all the goings-on just south, in adjacent Williamsburg. Escape the buzz of the latter by chilling in McCarren Park and eating traditional Polish pierogies to your heart’s content. When the weather is nice, pick up doughnuts from Peter Pan and stroll through all the boutiques down Franklin Street to enjoy the calm of this time-warped neighborhood.

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McCarren Park
McCarren Park sits on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg and serves as a staple to both neighborhoods. With 35 acres and multiple sports fields and courts, you’re sure to walk up on an intense softball game or two.
776 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222
Wolves Within
This small boutique shows off the fashion and fine-arts expertise of the husband-and-wife duo who own it, culminating in a well-curated store that sells home goods, accessories and clothing for men and women.
174 Franklin St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222
Naked Dog
The Naked Dog is a waterfront Puglia-influenced Italian restaurant. The food is without gimmicks — the pasta is fresh and the desserts are sweet, and both are made daily. The restaurant flexes a takeout window on the West Street side of the building, slinging fresh pastries, sandwiches and coffee as well.
47 Java St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222
Brooklyn Barge
The Brooklyn Barge is a fun, permanently docked bar and restaurant that floats in the East River and serves up quality cocktails and classic American bites.The bar opens its season in May and closes in October, so enjoy a drink at one of Greenpoint’s quirkiest spots while you can.
79 West St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222
North 3rd Street Market
North 3rd Street Market is a fairly new food hall located a little south of Greenpoint, in Williamsburg, operating out of a classic brick-and-beam building. The market hosts a diverse mix of fares and flavors, from Di Fara’s iconic pizza to Baba’s Pierogis. North 3rd hosts events throughout the week, so you can play bingo and answer trivia while scarfing down East Wind dumplings.
103 N. Third St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11249