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Greenpoint: Where Immigrant Roots and Cutting Edge Culture Meet
Brooklyn is full of cool neighborhoods with plenty of style to spare. Trendy zip codes are plentiful, and you can find luxury living and artistic abodes alike throughout the borough. However, Greenpoint, a neighborhood north of Williamsburg near Queen’s Long Island City, has a distinct flavor all its own.
Greenpoint’s Industrial History
Traditionally Polish, Greenpoint is sometimes called “Little Poland.” There are still many shops with signs written in Polish, and Polish restaurants, bars, businesses, and churches thrive.
Polish immigrant families flocked to Greenpoint in the 19th century, mostly due to the abundance of factory jobs spurred by the industrial revolution.
Lumber yards, heavy industry, and manufacturing plants provided employment to Greenpoint residents who lived and worked here. The East river to the West of the neighborhood, and the Newtown Creek to the North, marked the borders of Greenpoint, as well as served as vital arteries for shipping and trade.
For many years, Greenpoint continued in this manner. However, this industrial boom came with its drawbacks. Environmental issues became apparent, especially after the 1950’s Greenpoint Oil Spill, one of the largest oil spills in US history, polluted the Newtown Creek. Greenpoint residents did not just accept this; instead, they banded together to fight for better regulations and cleaned up their neighborhood.
Rezoning and Revitalization
The revitalization of Greenpoint was not only environmental. Thanks to rezoning in the 2000’s real estate development in this traditionally working class neighborhood boomed. These days, Polish and Polish-American families live alongside new residents drawn to the neighborhood’s charm. Residential units built here included both market rate and affordable units, adding much needed housing. This development of new housing, as well as retail spaces, helped Greenpoint thrive. The East River waterfront, long home to industrial space, was repurposed to a promenade with beautiful views of Manhattan.
Is Greenpoint Right for You?
Now in 2022, Greenpoint is a fascinating neighborhood with a mix of influences and history evident on every block. New Yorkers looking to live in a largely residential, culturally colorful community can find a perfect home in Greenpoint, but so can buyers who want to live in a hip, trendy, and luxurious residence. Most spaces in Greenpoint try to meld these two sides into a unique living experience you cannot find anywhere else in the City.
So, if you are shopping for New Developments in Brooklyn, consider these great options going up around Greenpoint.
149 Green St.
149 Green St. is a six-story development with nine units, set to be completed in 2023. Developed by 149g LLC, these condo units come as either one or two bedrooms. Two of the nine units have sold so far, both one bedrooms.
149 Green St.’s Interiors and Amenities
The interiors at 149 Green St. are sleek, modern, and full of light thanks to the floor to ceiling windows in each unit. Wide plank wood flooring gives the space an elegant feel. Amenities include private outdoor spaces, an elevator, and in-unit washer dryers.
151 Newel St.
151 Newel St. is a four-story, four-unit condominium developed by 151 Newel LLC, set to be completed in 2023. There are two two-bedroom units, and two three-bedroom units. 151 Newel is close to both the Nassau and Greenpoint G stops.
151 Newel St. Interiors and Amenities
Since this development is still under construction, we are not sure on all of the details of the residences and amenities yet. However, thanks to the permit filings we know that it will have a front yard and backyard outdoor space on the ground level. We also know that it will be only a residential use building, not mixed use. Keep checking NewDevRev’s Greenpoint updates for more information on 151 Newel St. as it becomes available.
183 Mcguinness Blvd.
183 Mcguinness Blvd. is a condo currently under construction, expected to be completed in 2023. There are 24 total condominium units in the building, with two active listings available right now.
183 Mcguinness Blvd. Interiors and Amenities
Developed by YME Construction, this 17,134 square-foot-building has both a two-bedroom, two-bath unit available, as well as a one-bedroom, one-bath unit. Both units feature a Juliet balcony where residents can enjoy some fresh air.
The interiors are elegant and modern, but still warm with wide plank oak wood flooring and high ceilings. Large windows mean plenty of natural light, and built in storage helps you make the most of your square footage.
The eat-in kitchen looks modern, clean, and luxurious with Calacatta quartz laza gold waterfall countertops and backsplash, as well as state of the art appliances and soft-close cabinetry. In the two-bedroom unit, the main bedroom enjoys a private en-suite bathroom and vanity, outfitted with a reach-in closet and glass shower. The other bedroom also has its own bathroom with a deep bathtub for a relaxing soak. In the one-bedroom unit, there is a deep soaking tub as well as a custom vanity.
Residents of 183 Mcguinness Blvd. can enjoy a common rooftop deck, a bicycle room, a package room, as well as private storage and rooftop cabanas that can be purchased. You can check out the full host of amenities and features by looking at the offering plan.
217 Franklin St.
217 Franklin St. is a six-unit, six-story condominium developed by 217 Franklin St LLC and set to be completed in 2023. There will be one three-bedroom unit, three two-bedroom units, and two one-bedroom units. The units range in average size from 922 square feet to 1,419 square feet, with 6,341 square feet total in the building.
217 Franklin St. Interiors and Amenities
Renderings of the building show a modern, pale brick facade dominated by large, recessed private terraces on each floor. Designed by INOA Architects, 217 Franklin St. also has outdoor space available on the roof.
Since the building is still under construction, we are not certain of exactly what the amenities and interiors will offer. However, we can tell from the rendering that the overall aesthetic will combine the modern with the natural. The interiors are sure to have a ton of natural light given the floor to ceiling casement windows that look out onto the terraces.
61 N. Henry St.
61 N. Henry St. is another six-unit, six-story condo building expected to go up by 2023. Developed by Nh Real Beauty LLC, the 7,249-square-foot-building will contain one one-bedroom unit, four two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom unit. The average size will range from the one bedroom’s 763 square feet to the three bedroom’s 1,393 square feet.
61 N. Henry St. Interiors and Amenities
This building is only a few blocks from beautiful McCarren Park, an outdoor oasis situated right between Greenpoint and Williamsburg to the South. The park features a pool and play center, as well as plenty of space for sports or just taking in the fresh air.
As far as 61 N. Henry St. itself, this spacious building offers full floor homes with keyed elevator access. The ground floor is a garden duplex, with a one-bedroom unit and multi-room recreational facilities. The one-bedroom has access to the beautiful backyard; however, each unit has access to its own private outdoor space. The two-bedroom units have private balconies while the three-bedroom penthouse has multiple outdoor spaces.
The residences are modern, with custom made closets, white oak flooring, and cutting edge appliances. Custom modular lighting and floor to ceiling windows fill the apartments with light, and allow for great views on the higher floors.
Close to good schools and all of the culture, nightlife, and entertainment of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, 61 N. Henry St is in a prime location for Brooklynites who want to make the most of the neighborhood.
88 Herbert St.
Finally, 88 Herbert St. is a seven-unit condominium with four stories, developed by 88 Herbert Capital LLC and set to complete construction in 2023. The building has five one-bedroom units at 581 square feet, and two two-bedroom units at 1,355 square feet.
88 Herbert St. Interiors and Amenities
Right now, we do not know much about this building. However, the offering plan indicates that it will be a residential use only building, not mixed use. We also know that the kitchens will be outfitted with a dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator. There will be hookups for residents to install their own in-unit washer/dryers, but those appliances will not be provided by the sponsor.
As more information on 88 Herbert St. becomes available, NewDevRev will be sure to let you know.
Keep Up With 2023’s New Developments in Greenpoint
Keep reading NewDevRev this year and next for all of the information you need to know about new developments going up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Development and renovation are constantly reshaping this historic neighborhood, and we are here to let you know the latest so that you can make the best home-buying decision possible.
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