In this age where division seems to be the norm, it is heartening to see people come together. Such is the case with two neighborhoods in North Brooklyn: Greenpoint and Williamsburg. As of today they have merged into one neighborhood: GeeWilly!
“When I first moved here in 1989 it was Williamsburg. But then people kept telling me I was in Greenpoint. I didn’t argue because I like both places,” said Daisy Czajkowski who lives on North 13th Street near Kent Avenue. “So it really doesn’t matter to me, but I think it’s a good thing. Not sure about the name though.”
“I know I live in Willamsburg, been here since the mid nineties, when it was off the radar. I liked that it was off the radar although the one bummer was the delis closed at midnight. Some of my older neighbors told me I lived in Greenpoint. When Williamsburg became the place to be, I decided I was in Greenpoint,” said Carter Norman who lives on Engert Avenue near McGuinness Boulevard. “But now Greenpoint is just as popular as Williamsburg. I’m glad they merged, but couldn’t they think of a better name?”
As neighborhood names are somewhere between official and unofficial, official because they are on maps, unofficial because there are no signs that say “you are now entering Greenpoint” it may take a while for GeeWilly to catch on. The name was decided on by phone poll conducted by the accounting firm Poisson d’Avril. You might want to google translate that.