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Truth: Greenpoint has transformed dramatically in far less than a decade. Today, artists who decamped to Brooklyn's northern-most neighborhood in the 90s to escape Manhattan rents have been joined by, well, much of Manhattan. And high rises. And popped collars. And yet! If a place ever had a spiritual core, it might be Greenpoint. Authentically Polish on one end, artist- and creative-heavy on the other, these are the populations that still suffuse Greenpoint with its...
There are very few actual "dive bars" left in most of Brooklyn—like, legitimately grimy taverns that you'd feel uncomfortable entering because of shady dealings and an aura of hostility. So we've taken to calling places that are actually kind of nice "dives" just because they're old, what might more accurately be called a "neighborhood bar," what a generation or two ago was just called a "bar": a place where locals congregate all nights of the...

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