*For the next 20 days, I am challenging myself to write 20 posts on self-reflection, etc. Times are stressful and it’s easy to lose sight of ourselves and what/who we want to be and achieve. Brave enough to participate? Just follow along and send me your posts via the comments, a pingback, Twitter or Facebook. 🙂 I’ve been living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn since July of 1995. Next year will be my 20th anniversary of becoming a New Yorker and I can’t believe how much has changed. Greenpoint used to be a mixture of predominantly Polish and Italian, but ever since the influx of hipsters within the past decade, it has become a tourist attraction with overpriced restaurants and snarky attitudes. Ahhh, gotta love the trust fund generation. Here are the pros and cons of living in Greenpoint, from my subjective point of view, of course.
1. The waterfront is easily accessible anytime you’re in need of a major wind-down. East River State Park is my personal favorite and I love to just stare at the water for a bit…despite the trash that’s been dumped into it over the years. But hey, beggars can’t be choosy. 2. Greenpoint is right across the river from Manhattan so getting into the city is a piece of cake…sometimes. 3. Despite how much I enjoy being around people with manners, Greenpoint just feels like home. After living here so long, you get used to your surroundings and the streets become second nature. 4. The library! This shows how much of a nerd I am but I’d be lost without the Brooklyn Public Library’s Greenpoint (and Leonard) branch. I’m always in there and it reminds me of when I was a child picking out stacks of books for hours on a Saturday morning. 5. Our pizza! Greenpoint is the home of two of the best Brooklyn pizzerias you will ever encounter, at least in my opinion. Italy Pizza and Russ Pizza have been a staple in this neighborhood for many years, and the staff are always very welcoming; a nice getaway from the hipster zoo outside.
1. HIPSTERS! Just kidding. But really, when are they going to move back to Idaho? The rents are too high and they have zero respect for the people who have lived here way longer than them. (I hear they call us “leftovers.” WTF is up with that?!) Not to mention the line outside Peter Pan Donuts on Manhattan Ave every morning. I remember going in there with my grandmother as a kid and having all of her elderly friends sitting in there having coffee with us. Now, it’s hipster snark at every corner – one blabbing about their one night stand while the other raves on about his next “artistic endeavor.” Just go away already. 2. Being woken up at 2 in the morning because your neighbors are idiots and almost blew up the entire block with their fire-pits….in a small enclosed area….in Brooklyn….where the houses are old, made out of wood and attached together. Not to mention the loud house parties and barfing drunks outside. 3. Over-priced coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants that are anything but welcoming and everything pretentious. 4. Seeing your favorite diners and businesses replaced with said pretentious hipster bars/restaurants/cafes. 5. Feeling a sense of estrangement in your own neighborhood because everything’s changed and not for the better. Oh, and what is UP with these tour groups roaming the streets lately?! OMG did you get to see a cast member of Girls film a porn scene? Every neighborhood in New York has it’s pros and cons. Not all hipsters are bad (how many times have I said ‘hipster’ in this post?) and you can’t let everything bother you all the time. Eventually, you get used to the madness. Other days, it’s just one more eye-roll on top of the other. 😀
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