Culture on the Cheap
Green Street: Then And Now
One of the things which has amazed me about some of the old photos of Greenpoint I acquired lately is how little some places have changed. Case in point: the Green Oaks Citizens Club.
Located at 179 Green Street, it looks little different now than it did thirty years ago. Those of you who are curious to know what the Green Oaks Citizen’s Club is all about, here’s an excerpt from their web site:
The Green Oaks Citizens Club officially recorded it’s charter on June 29, 1966. The club is a non-profit organization serving the community of Greenpoint for over 35 years by donating to worthy causes, holding fund raisers, serving as a conduit to local politicians, providing the clubroom to local block associations, and other civic meetings, sponsoring summer youth programs, assisting the children’s lunch program, providing monthly bus trip to Atlantic City for senior citizens, and sponsoring local softball, football and little league teams.
Here’s a couple of other fun facts I learned about this establishment:
- The club’s name hails from its original location at Green and Oakland Street. (Oakland Street is now known McGuinness Boulevard.)
- The more eagle-eyed among you might have noticed Green Street is also known as George Apen Street. This street was renamed to honor a former president of the Green Oaks Club.