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June 17th, 2014

One Day in Greenpoint (An Itinerary For the Everyday Explorer)

Wake up bright and early and take the G train to Nassau Avenue or Greenpoint Avenue and get ready to start your day exploring.

Food: Snag a seat in the backyard of Anella and order roasted beet salad, chicken liver mousse, or bucatini with little neck clams. Finally, don’t miss inventive wood-fired pizzas like the “Hellboy”—made with Italian tomatoes, Berkshire sopressata, and honey—at the surprisingly romantic Paulie Gee’s.

Sights: Greenpoint and Williamsburg share McCarren Park, a 35-acre daytime playground for grownups, with its own soccer field and tennis and handball courts that has just reopened its infamous pool for the summer.

Sweets & Snacks: Lighten the mood with a tasty treat at the first outpost of the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck; flavors like earl grey tea, ceylon cinnamon, and ginger are made with antibiotic-free milk and eggs.

Shops: Vintage frocks from designers like Yves Saint Lauren hang from the racks at Fox & Fawn; Alter and Alter 140 cater to men and women, respectively, with au courant asymmetrical tees and jackets.

Sips: Thanks to its fireplace, booths shielded by saloon-style doors, and serious cocktails, the Black Rabbit nails the from-another-era formula. The nearby Pencil Factory actually is—almost. Set across the street from its namesake, the bar was actually a watering hole for longshoremen; not surprisingly then, it serves a solid selection of scotch and beer.