Did the E.U. Ruin Greenpoint? The BBC Thinks So

That seems to be the case made in this hilarious—and unembeddable!!!—video report from the BBC. “For many years, Greenpoint was

Sausage fest. (BBC)

That seems to be the case made in this hilarious—and unembeddable!!!—video report from the BBC. “For many years, Greenpoint was a mostly mixed neighborhood, Polish and Latino, illegal immigrants, mostly working two three jobs” deli owner Mieszko Kalita tells us. “In 2000, Poland was admitted to the European Union, most people stop coming. The neighborhood very drastically changed from immigrants to artistic.”

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“Strange haircuts,” Mr. Kalita concludes. “They definitely not illegal immigrants.”

Naturally, the segment continues with an interview of one of the artists, beloved neighborhood blogger Ms. Heather. “It’s kind of sad to see a lot of the ethnic character of th eneighborhood dissipate,” she says. The piece ends with perhaps the grossest thing in Greenpoint besides Newtown Creek, the owner of a Vespa shop who is way too full of himself. (Too many fumes, perhaps?)

“My clients here are, I would say, mostly young professionals,” Zach Schieffelin tells the Beeb. “I would say the crème de la crème of New York society.” He calls all the new condos “beautiful new luxury developments” meant for “dreamers.”

Who knew Brian Williams was doing triple duty, pitching in on the BBC?

mchaban [at] observer.com | @MC_NYC

Did the E.U. Ruin Greenpoint? The BBC Thinks So