Attention all Greenpoint dwellers who aren’t yet sick and tired of talking gentrification. Longtime Greenpointer Tony Wolf is putting the neighborhood’s urban renewal woes on (virtual) paper and in cartoon form, for “the world’s first webcomic centered entirely around #greenpoint” (per Wolf’s twitter). The author is an actor, voiceover guy, singer, host, writer and illustrator, and has been living in the hood for 17 years.
In Episode 1 of Greenpoint of View, “The Arrival,” Wolf narrates arriving in Greenpoint circa 1996. “There were a lot of little old Polish ladies in the neighborhood,” he recalls, before describing a street-side offer of kielbasa from a stranger. But by the end of the strip, things are looking remarkably different. “Somehow I knew that when Enid’s was established, something had changed irrevocably—for better or worse,” Wolf writes. “This was the start of a new era for the neighborhood.”
Check out the first instalment of what promises to be a long and PBR-studded series on The Flexist.