Greenpoint is boarded on the southwest by Williamsburg at the Bushwick inlet, on the southeast by the Brooklyn- Queens Expressway and East Williamsburg, on the north by Newton Creek and Long Island City, Queens at the Pulaski Bridge, and the west by the East River.
Greenpoint established itself as a center of shipbuilding and waterbome commerce; its shipbuilding, printing, pottery, glassworks and foundries were staffed by generation after generation of hardworking immigrants. Germans and Irish arrived in the mid-19th century and large numbers of Polish people began arriving before the turn of the century. The homes built for the merchants and the buildings erected for their workers sprang up along streets that lead down to the waterfront. Today, this area is on the National Register of Historic Places as Greenpoint’s Historic District.
After a long history as a stable, working-class neighborhood and the immigrant haven, Greenpoint began to see sine if the effects of gentrification by the 1980s. The New York Times noted extraordinary rent increases and displacement as early as 1986, mirroring the pattern of residential conversions of industrial buildings seen in nearby Williamsburg, as well as the similar formation of a smaller art community. New Construction is prevalent on streets where most buildings date back up to a century. Its location close to Manhattan, connections with Mass Transit (G Subway Line; B61, B43, B48, B24 Bus Service) and future plans to build public parks near the water front make the location more expensive each year.