Greenpoint’s Christmas Past: The Great Depression


As Christmas 2016 approaches, Greenpoint is prosperous. Hundreds of people are out in the neighborhood shopping and restaurants and bars are doing a brisk business, yet Christmas was not always a time of wealth. During the holidays in 1932 the neighborhood’s atmosphere was totally different. It was the third Christmas of the Great Depression, and by some estimates fifty percent of Greenpointers were out of work. But the Christmas spirit was not dead and there was one man who wanted every family to celebrate Christmas—that man was Peter McGuinness, the “first citizen” of Greenpoint.

McgGuinness born on Eagle street in 1888, and as the third of fourteen children from a working class family he knew poverty and was determined to fight against it. As a teen he had seen Big Tim Sullivan, the leader of the “Tammany Hall” political machine in the Bowery who threw a big Christmas bash for the poor in his area and thousands of the Bowery poor came and received a free meal and a basket of Chirstmas food. McGuinness was so impressed with Sullivan’s Christmas that he later revived this Christmas tradition in Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Williamsburg Therapy Group:
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