Red Hook Commerce & Culture
Van Brunt, Red Hook’s primary thoroughfare, ends at the foot of Beard Street Pier — one of the neighborhood’s two warehouse piers and New York City’s very last. It feels like a classic postcard Main Street that’s uniquely Brooklyn with a bit of Montauk mixed in, branching off to quieter side streets that turn either more residential or industrial. You’ll find curated boutiques, a buoyed-up crab shack, and a perfect catch of fisherman’s bars authentic and contrived, interspersed by an exceptional slew of lush community gardens. Sunny’s Bar, a Red Hook institution, is a beloved gathering place welcoming locals and blow-ins alike. A generous stock of swoon-worthy post-industrial spaces cradles Brooklyn’s burgeoning maker movement, playing host to craft distilleries, chocolatiers, brewers, and roasters. They also house the Haute venue Liberty Warehouse and Pioneer Works, a community-driven cultural center with an array of programs, installations, and events celebrating the arts and sciences.