Transitions: From Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Hudson Heights
By Emily |November 18, 2011 - 7:26AM
I’d been living with a roommate in a railroad apartment deep
in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I liked the neighborhood, but the crowded 45-minute
long commute to Midtown was killing me.
Also, I had to walk through a public hallway (as in, outside of my actual apartment) to get to the kitchen and bathroom. I considered it the lesser of two
evils – the alternative would have been to walk through my roommate’s room –
but I didn’t want to keep streaking through the building in a towel either.
A friend had a room in her true two-bedroom apartment in Hudson
Heights for $750 a month, the same amount I was paying in Brooklyn.
I moved in at the
beginning of October, and have found that in some ways, the
two neighborhoods are very similar.
They are both sort of tucked away, have
cool views of Manhattan, and a European influence. Greenpoint has the small town charm and the best doughnuts in the world, while Hudson Heights has the
benefit of Fort Tryon Park and a fast commute. It's 20 minutes on the A-train from 181st and Broadway to Midtown. From Greenpoint, it is at least a 10-minute walk and two or three transfers.
Food and commerce-wise, Greenpoint has a Polish influence, whereas in Hudson Heights, there are more Russian shops. There are an assortment of restaurants, but certainly not the
variety of downtown Manhattan.
My local grocery store in Brooklyn closed at
8:30pm--seriously--so I’m relieved that things stay open a bit later
than that. On the other hand, Greenpoint and nearby Williamsburg have more nightlife than
my new neighborhood. I haven’t been out much around here, and usually travel
downtown to meet friends. The trip home isn’t as long as the trip back to
Brooklyn, and not as likely to get interrupted on weekends by MTA construction.
The one thing I really miss about my old neighborhood is
doughnuts from Peter Pan Bakery. Sure, there are doughnuts in Manhattan, but I
think that the marble crullers from Peter Pan may be worth the hour-long trek
to get there.
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