A surprisingly touching eulogy turned up in this week’s Brooklyn Paper for the rapidly disappearing old, Polish Greenpoint:
On the shelves of Polish grocery stores in Greenpoint, bottles of Mountain Dew and Diet Coke are beginning to crowd out liters of Zywiec Zdroj and Nateczowianka. But it’s not just groceries that are becoming more American in Brooklyn’s Little Poland. The neighborhood is, too. “Nearly half the Polish people who used to live in Greenpoint have moved away,” said Walter Gul, co-owner of Polski Meat Market on Manhattan Avenue. “Here in Greenpoint we have an old generation of Polish immigrants. But the new immigrants are moving to Queens.”
The verdict? “Old Greenpoint” is moving on to Maspeth and Staten Island while Greenpoint continues its inexorable slide into a holding pen for Vampire Weekend and Battles fans who can’t afford to live south of McCarren Park.
(Image via Jeff Bachner)