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Views from Greenpoint's East River waterfront of Manhattan
Views from Greenpoint's East River waterfront of Manhattan

Greenpoint is the northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. It is bordered on the south by Williamsburg at the Bushwick inlet, on the East by The Brooklyn Queens Expressway and East Williamsburg , on the north by Long Island City, Queens at the Pulaski Bridge, and on the west by the East River. Image File history File links View of Manhattan from Greenpoints waterfront shores File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links View of Manhattan from Greenpoints waterfront shores File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... Neighbourhood is also a term in topology. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... The Williamsburg Bridge connects the Brooklyn neighborhood to Manhattan Williamsburg is a neighborhood in northern Brooklyn, New York City. ... The Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) runs from southern Brooklyn, New York to the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, New York. ... Bushwick is a place in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, USA. It was founded in 1661 by Governor Peter Stuyvesant as Boswijck. ... Long Island City, New York, often abbreviated L.I.C., is an area in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow Queens is the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in area. ... The Pulaski Bridge in New York City connects Long Island City in Queens to Greenpoint in Brooklyn over Newtown Creek. ... New York City waterways: 1. ...


Nestled in the most northern reach of Brooklyn and surrounded by waterways on three borders, this waterfront neighborhood lies only a short distance from both Manhattan and Queens.


In the nineteenth century, Greenpoint established itself as a center of shipbuilding and waterborne commerce. The homes built for the merchants and the buildings erected for their workers sprang up along streets that lead down to the waterfront. Today, this area is on the National Register of Historic Places as Greenpoint’s Historic District.


Greenpoint’s waterfront holds the maritime history of the community. The buildings which formerly manufactured the ropes for the shipbuilding industry are still there. The launch site of the Monitor ironclad warship lies on Bushwick Creek. Long a site of shipbulding, the neighborhood’s dockyards harbored the construction of the USS Monitor—the Union’s first ironclad fighting ship built during the Civil War. The Monitor, together with seven other ironclads, was built at the Continental Ironworks in Greenpoint. Greenpoint’s shipbuilding, printing, pottery, glassworks and foundries were staffed by generation after generation of hardworking immigrants.


Greenpoint is largely middle class and multi-generational; it is not uncommon to find three generations of family members living in this community. The neighborhood is sometimes referred to as "Little Poland" due to its large population of Polish immigrants. Originally settled by German and Irish immigrants, Greenpoint became populated primarily by Polish immigrants by 1900. Recent years have also seen an influx of younger people often associated with nearby Williamsburg. Many more are moving into the area due to its proximity to Manhattan. The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... Williamsburg is the name of some places in the United States of America: Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York City Williamsburg, Colorado Williamsburg, Florida Williamsburg, Iowa Williamsburg, Kansas Williamsburg, Kentucky Williamsburg, Maryland Williamsburg, Massachusetts Williamsburg, Michigan Williamsburg, New Mexico Williamsburg, North Carolina Williamsburg, Ohio Williamsburg, Pennsylvania Williamsburg, Virginia including Colonial Williamsburg... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ...


Parks in the community are McCarren Park (formerly known as Greenpoint Park), Greenpoint's largest greenspace, and the smaller McGolrick Park (formerly known as Winthrop Park), which contains both the landmarked Shelter Pavilion (1910) and an allegorical monument (1938) to the U.S.S. Monitor ironclad ship. McCarren Park is nestled between the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and begins at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and North 12th Street. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... USS Monitor was an ironclad warship of the United States Navy. ...


Of architectural interest in Greenpoint are the Astral Apartments (1886) on Franklin Street; the Eberhard-Faber Pencil Factory on Greenpoint Ave and Franklin St.; the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (1921) on North Twelfth Street; the Oliver Hazard Perry School (P.S. 34) (1867) on Norman Avenue, which is the oldest continuously operating public school building in New York City; the Green Point Savings Bank (1908) and the Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church (1875) on Manhattan Avenue, and the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church (1896) on Humboldt Street. Stanisław Kostka, S.J. (28 October 1550–15 August 1568), was a Polish novice of the Society of Jesus. ...


On May 11, 2005 the city passed a mammoth rezoning of the North Side and Greenpoint waterfront from manufacturing and low density residential to high density residential with a set aside for the creation of open waterfront park space. The land is being rezoned to permit luxury highrises, high-end retail, a proposed waterfront park, and riverfront promenades. The rezoning is part of a continuing process of gentrification in the area, which was once characterized by active manufacturing and other light industry along its East River waterfront. There are now residentially converted loft buildings and new residential buildings. The projected increase in the area population is estimated to be 40,000 new residents with an expected correlated increase in property values and real estate tax revenue. Critics of the rezoning have contended that the rezoning will change the existing community's character (Manhattanization) and force out existing residents, and that the plan lacks of adequate provisions for public transportation or public safety infrastructure to accommodate the projected new residents. May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ...


Notable individuals born and/or raised in Greenpoint include actress Mae West and pop singer Pat Benatar. MAE-West is a major Internet peering point located in San Jose, California. ... Pat Benatar on the cover of her 1997 album Innamorata Pat Benatar (born January 10, 1953) is a popular American rock singer who had numerous hits during the 1980s such as Hit Me With Your Best Shot and Love is a Battlefield. Benatars music video for the song You...


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Greenpoint - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (595 words)
Greenpoint is the northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.
It is bordered on the south by Williamsburg at the Bushwick inlet, on the East by The Brooklyn Queens Expressway and East Williamsburg, on the north by Long Island City, Queens at the Pulaski Bridge, and on the west by the East River.
Greenpoint is largely middle class and multi-generational; it is not uncommon to find three generations of family members living in this community.
Greenpoint - definition of Greenpoint in Encyclopedia (245 words)
It is bordered on the south by Williamsburg at McCarren Park, on the East by The Brooklyn Queens Expressway and East Williamsburg, on the north by Long Island City, Queens at the Pulaski Bridge, and on the west by the East River.
Greenpoint is still largely middle-class and blue-collar, but many are moving into the area due to the proximity to Manhattan and the low rents.
Greenpoint is the most polluted area of Brooklyn due to the proximity of the oil depots on the East River and the New York City Water Treatment Plant.
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