Greenpoint – A Neighborhood with a Crafty Past
dim. 19 août à 20:00
Greenpoint was given its name by the Dutch due to it being a heavily wooded area – full of lush green trees. The landscape changed to one of heavy industry – shipbuilding, oil refining, and manufacturing. This is where the Civil War ship – the Monitor – was built and it is also home to a massive oil spill. Legend has it that the oil spill remains firmly entrenched underneath the neighborhood. Polish, Russian and eventually Italian immigrants settled in Greenpoint in the 1880s. After the second World War, immigration continued and Greenpoint became known as “Little Poland”. The Polish community continues to thrive today. Despite gentrification, the neighborhood retains some of its grittiness and industrial history. We shall meet in front of the McDonald’s on the corner of Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenues and then proceed down Manhattan Avenue toward Newtown Creek, meandering along the way. Please note that if you RSVP to attend and then must cancel for any reason, please do so in order to allow someone on the waitlist to attend. Thank you! Should you need to reach me, please phone or text –[masked]. See you there!
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