Runs from the East River to the Brooklyn-Queens expressway, with Atlantic Avenue as its northern boundary.
Red Hook is developing, condo by condo, from the waterside out. The once-industrial neighborhood has welcomed popular grocer Fairway as a keystone in its redevelopment. Now, one of New York’s oldest working ports is home to new condos that offer amenities such as solid mahogany doors, Jacuzzi tubs, and private balconies. Roof decks — some shared, some private — take advantage of the stunning water views, which include unrivaled sights of the Statue of Liberty. Additionally, some apartments are located in converted townhouses whose renovations include central air conditioning, kitchens with stainless-steel appliances and oak floors.
Living in Red Hook
If any one neighborhood epitomizes Brooklyn's bold character, it's perhaps Red Hook. At just about one square mile, its many offerings are mind-bending: it's an industrial hotspot, an artisan's retreat and has an impressive place in maritime history. Wandering the streets on any given day, you'll encounter new developments that neighbor decades-old townhomes and shipping facilities alongside Civil War-era warehouses. Big-box shops and vibrant restaurants have popped up on the main streets, and areas that were once vacant are now thriving.
Red Hook runs from the East River to the Brooklyn-Queens expressway, with Atlantic Avenue as its northern border. The commute into Manhattan takes about 45 minutes by subway. The nearest station, served by the F and G trains, is at Smith and Ninth Streets in Gowanus. The B57 and B61 buses also stop here.
Red Hook real estate
Red Hook apartments and homes for sale run the gamut from Civil War-era properties to modern developments with high-tech amenities. Clusters of townhouses on King and Sullivan Streets have four bedrooms and scale the heights of contemporary charm. Some feature electric fireplaces, marble countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows, rooftop patios and sleek, modern bathrooms. Those in search of Red Hook condos have plenty of choice in properties like the New York Dock building, which dates from 1910. Remaining true to its industrial character, the building incorporates touches like wide-plank flooring and large windows reinforced with steel. Features like custom-made Italian doors and stainless steel appliances bring the interiors up to date.
Red Hook real estate offers older homes, too, including red brick townhouses, converted carriage houses and turn-of-the-century Georgian properties that capture vintage elegance with grand, winding staircases, charming sunrooms and sprawling backyards.
Red Hook history
The Dutch established Red Hook in 1636 and called it Roode Hoek ("roode" alluded to the red clay soil on the ground, while "hoek" referenced the pointed shape of the peninsula). For centuries, the area remained undeveloped until the Atlantic Basin was created. Located in western Red Hook, the Atlantic Basin became the neighborhood's main point of activity when the Atlantic Dock Company established its pier there. An active shipping port, Red Hook became one of the world's most reliable cargo drop and pickup spots. Its maritime achievements helped the neighborhood thrive well into the 20th century.
As the containment shipping industry grew, ports in New Jersey took more importance and the need for Red Hook's once-bustling freight port diminished. With businesses withdrawing from the area, Red Hook suffered another setback when the Gowanus Expressway was built in 1946.
Only decades later, in the 70s, did hints of regrowth appear when budding artists discovered a crop of affordable Red Hook housing was available through city subsidies. New developments and shopping centers were built over time, contributing to Red Hook's revival.
Hurricane Sandy did plenty of damage in this waterfront neighborhood in 2012, flooding homes and businesses. The community has since rallied by banding together and helping each other rebuild.
Red Hook restaurants
Since 2006, The Good Fork has captivated locals with its menu of anything-but-basic dishes. Co-owner Sohui Kim puts a traditional Asian twist on Western cuisine: shiitake pancakes are served with maple teriyaki, Korean-style steak and eggs are paired with kimchee rice, and bibimbap, the famous Korean dish, makes an appearance on the brunch menu.
With its unassuming red brick exterior and smattering of hanging plants over the wooden entryway, Fort Defiance is a chic eatery that evokes rustic charm with a menu of locally sourced farm-to-table dishes. The Charleston, a pair of poached eggs with a serving of spicy-sweet cheddar-chili cornbread, is a favorite.
Brunch is tradition at Home/Made, a restaurant whose exposed brick walls, bright potted plants and plush cushioned seats make it one of the coziest options in the neighborhood. The place bustles on weekends, when locals line up for truffle scrambled eggs with parmesan, French toast dipped in citrus and an assortment of croissants.
For a coffee break, nothing compares to The Black Flamingo. Deep mahogany wood, industrial-style pendant lights and the aroma of fresh brews, lend the shop a cute-meets-sophisticated flavor. Even the seating is functional, with outlets stationed underneath to charge your mobile devices.
Red Hook attractions
Emblematic of the thriving arts scene in Red Hook, the Look North Inuit Art Gallery is set in a Civil War-era warehouse along New York Harbor. The water views alone make the visit worthwhile, but it also has a marvelous collection of sculptures and exhibitions showcasing Inuit and other Arctic cultures.
Another neighborhood highlight is the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), which resides in a warehouse on the pier. The 25,000-square-foot development features a catalog of eclectic exhibitions, and also hosts weekly art auctions.
Red Hook Recreation Area is a haven for anyone seeking some outdoor enjoyment. In addition to courts for basketball, soccer and handball, there's a playground, barbecue facilities and an Olympic-sized pool. The rubber running track is a favorite practice spot for Red Hook High School athletes, along with the recreation center, which features a full-service gym and a selection of workout classes. For flawless views of the city skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island, head to Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier.
Red Hook nightlife
Sunny's Bar is more than a watering hole. The bright, warm wood-toned space offers an extensive calendar featuring local musicians and parties. For those late-night games, there's no better place to take in the action than Phil's Crummy Corner. Authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, mouth-watering frozen drinks, and flat-screen TVs drive the energy and make it a community-driven spot to watch the game and catch up with the neighbors.
Red Hook shopping
A selection of antique jewelry glitters from the display cases of Erie Basin, an exquisite boutique whose simple surroundings allow the treasures within to really shine. This is the place to come for engagement rings from bygone eras, 19th-century bracelets and authentic Tiffany jewelry from the 1940s.
Sweet-toothed locals know the best place to go is Raaka Chocolate, a shop and factory that offers tours and chocolate-making classes. You'll find an array of artisanal flavors, including apple pie, smoked chai, ghost pepper and coconut milk.
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"If you're looking for a close-knit waterfront community, you've found it on the edge of Brooklyn. Soak in the Blue Grass at Sunny's, go kayak with the Red Hook Boaters, or just enjoy the best sunsets around. Van Brunt's the next "restaurant row"."
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