14. Little Poland in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Look past the emerging counterculture and you’ll find New York City’s Little Poland in Greenpoint. Though Greenpoint is rapidly developing, its rich Polish culture and history has yet to be completely expunged.

This North Brooklyn neighborhood is home to the second largest concentration of Polish immigrants in the United States, behind Chicago. When walking through the neighborhood, its ethnic character is still evident in the myriad Polish bakeries, meat markets and restaurants that dot Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint’s main thoroughfare. Polish specialty shops and restaurants include Old Poland Bakery and Bakery Rzeszowska, both of which offer a wide selection of homemade polish pastries. Popular items include the flavored babkas and kolorowe.

There is also the Lomzynianka Restaurant, one of the highest rated Polish restaurants in Greenpoint. Other establishments include the Polish National Catholic Church of the Resurrection Parish on Leonard street and the Polish National Home on Driggs Avenue, which is home to the Warsaw box office and bar and lounge. The venue hosts several events and musical concerts. Don’t be surprised at the profusion of Polish language news stands and magazines that can be found in just about any deli within the neighborhood.