Greenpoint 2007
You can't have a name like "Lipinski" and NOT make the pilgrimage out to Greenpoint Brooklyn at least once in your life! Greenpoint was one of those neighborhoods that I always meant to visit, and when I learned that Kevin Walsh of Forgotten New York was going to be conducting a walking tour, I saw it as a sign that this was the right time to go. However, in addition to history, I also wanted to get some Polish culture and Polish food, so I got there an hour and a half early to shop and take pictures, went on the three-hour tour, and then spent ANOTHER hour eating and shopping.

I learned some things about this Polish neighborhood that I expected, and others that surprised me. More than half of the meat markets I planned to visit were closed, but almost every liquor store I visited was open. Which was a little odd, given that it was a Sunday! Vodka was a major focus of attention, including window displays and refrigerated cases in liquor stores and vodka-filled chocolates in the candy shops. We saw lots of churches; one that I passed was so crowded that the crowd overflowed into the intersection, and we also saw a random religious procession going down the street.

Our tour became an attraction of its own; we were stopped and questioned by pedestrians, yelled at from windows, and even flashed! It was a very strange scene at times.

By the end of the day, I was ready to drop, but I was happy, content, and did I mention full? I had a wonderful meal at Christina's Restaurant (where the food is filling and the waitresses wear black fishnet stockings), and lugged home potato vodka, kielbasa, kabanosy, pierogis, liquor-filled chocolates, chocolate wafer cookies, "angel wings," and some of those delicious cream fudge candies.

Mmmmmm ... cream fudge candies ...

EDITED TO ADD:
Hey! The tour page is up on the Forgotten New York website! Check it out!
www.forgotten-ny.com/Tour30/tour30.html
(With much humble thanks to Mr. Walsh for linking to this page!)
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