Historically, Greenpoint was never an area known for entertainment – first it was too residential, then too industrial, then both. Only fairly recently, as neighboring Williamsburg has become an established center of entertainment, has some of the attention spilled over to quieter, more family-oriented Greenpoint. However, the very things that make Greenpoint an unlikely destination for nightlife – its large industrial buildings, for example – are precisely what make it an ideal spot for some unique and avant-garde spaces and happenings.
There are, of course, many options for entertainment if you’re looking for a more traditional Polish experience: The Polish National Home, or Polski Dom Nadorowy, has played an active role in the community for years, and Europa is a club in Greenpoint that plays Polish music late into the night. Both venues, however, host occasional concerts oriented towards the area’s hipster residents – a sign of the changing times, perhaps, but for now an example of how the community can change and adapt.
There are other venues in Greenpoint that cater to a more specific audience, whatever that may be: House of Vans, for example, is a venue affiliated with the skate shoe brand Vans, and Saint Vitus is a bar beloved by New York City’s most intense metal fans. Oddly enough, it’s in Greenpoint’s quiet streets that you’ll find bands such as – to take a sample from this month’s shows – Surrounded By Teeth, Abazogorath, Midnite Hellion, and Mutilation Rites.
Of course, visitors and locals can always take in a show at one of Greenpoint’s small galleries, or head over to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar for live music and black-light mini golf – for further detail, look in our ‘arts’ sub-section.
SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
Polish National Home – http://www.polishnationalhome.com/Dom%20Intro%20Page.html
Saint Vitus – http://www.saintvitusbar.com/
info about Europa in ‘Food and Entertainment’ – http://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/berger2013/food-and-entertainment/