Greenpoint is the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn. It’s sometimes referred to as Little Poland, due to its large population of Polish immigrants. After a long history as a working-class and immigrant neighborhood, Greenpoint began to experience gentrification since the 1980s. Many young people, who appreciated the neighborhood’s proximity to the hip Williamsburg area, have moved to the neighborhood in recent years, making rent prices go up steadily. Franklin Street feels like an extension of Williamsburg. The Polish character, however, remains strong: You’ll find lots of Polish shops and restaurants especially along Manhattan Avenue.