Everything You Need to Do in Brooklyn’s Coolest Neighborhood

As the Manhattan-to-Brooklyn exodus continues, more newcomers get to discover the magic of Greenpoint. Whether you’re looking to eat inventive food inspired by nearly every corner of the globe or shop unique finds begging to be Instagrammed, Greenpoint invites exploration — and dressing in easy, versatile styles that can take you from brunch to dinner is a must. Timeless, comfortable, classic footwear like Clarks let you hit every independent ceramics studio or artisan ice cream shop in the neighborhood’s three-ish square miles — which doesn’t sound like much, until you walk all of it.

Here are four quintessential destinations to mark on your map, plus inspiration on how to style a visit.

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Where: McGolrick Park

Why: This tree-lined green space recalls the neighborhood plazas you stumbled upon during your semester abroad. Home to a farmer’s market that’s a delicious way to spend a September Sunday, McGolrick is the perfect setting for a blanket, a baguette, and a bottle of wine sneakily decanted into a Hydroflask.

How To Style: Bring a leather jacket to layer in case temperatures dip to true autumn levels. Cuffed khakis allow a sock with personality to peek out from Clarks Original Desert Boot.

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Why: This pastel-hued home décor store merits a visit as you wind your way down Greenpoint’s eminently shoppable Franklin Street. Stocking both vintage and modern décor and accessories, Adaptations curates an enviable selection of local ceramics, bespoke furniture, and other stylish odds and ends.

How To Style: Complement Adaptations’ eclectic elegance with late-summer neutrals and a sophisticated, elevated walking shoe, such as the Clarkdale Arlo Chelsea Boot . The low heel and full leather lining support your feet for a day of exploring.

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Why: This modern Vietnamese restaurant is one of Greenpoint’s hottest destinations along the walk to the waterfront. Get the bánh tráng nướng so, a Vietnamese parallel to New Haven-style clam pizza, or chà giò chay, spring rolls for the vegetarians in the room. Afterward, watch the sun set behind the Manhattan skyline at the neighboring Transmitter Park.

How To Style: Lovingly distressed leather boots provide grounding contrast to a flowing, ruffled dress. The full look feels both whimsical and structured, much like the food at this tradition-inspired restaurant.

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Where: Guernsey Street

Why: Guernsey is the iconic street you need to walk down during your visit to Brooklyn’s northernmost neighborhood. This leafy, mostly residential stretch is one reason of many that Greenpoint invites comparisons to Manhattan’s Greenwich Village or Chicago’s Lincoln Park. After picking up coffee at the window of nearby Five Leaves, admire the charming bas relief details on P.S. 31 or the mix of vintage and thoroughly modern homes as tree-lined Guernsey rounds into Oak Street.

How To Style: Comfort is the name of the game on your walk through this one-of-a-kind street. An iconic shoe like the Original Desert Boot and Clarkdale Gobi Chelsea Boot reflect the tradition and history of the buildings around you. But don’t forget to sit back and relax while you’re exploring — you’re still in Brooklyn, after all.

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