The men of Brooklyn's Sailortown helped make Red Hook into New York City’s busiest port, and propelled Brooklyn’s economy and culture into a brighter future.
Preservation and landmarking efforts have mostly concentrated on residential and civic architecture and not our our rich industrial heritage.
The Visitation Church on Richards Street is a testament to the hard work and courage of those who came to a new land, their descendants, and all those who have followed them since.
Sugar was once one of Brooklyn’s biggest industries, and the Revere Sugar plant dominated the Red Hook waterfront for almost 100 years.
At its height, the Red Hook squatter camp known as Tin City had a population of more than 1,000 people.
The landmarked streamlined Art Moderne complex opened with a splash in 1936.
A well preserved row of Italianate brick houses, built for the working and middle classes, on what is now Coffey Street is one of Red Hook's most picturesque.
Rich with industrial charm, waterfront views and quirky character, Red Hook was transformed for a few days by a whirling, blustering storm that blanketed the neighborhood with snow.
We admit it. We love Red Hook. But we also know that getting there can seem daunting, especially for first-time visitors from other boroughs. Or so they tell us when they break our lunch date at Fort Defiance.
The NY Water Taxi Ikea Ferry offers the most picturesque approach, with its views of the lower Manhattan and Red Hook waterfronts. The ferry leaves from Pier 11 in lower Manhattan, where Wall Street meets the East River, and lets you off in Erie Basin Park, behind the Ikea. Check the schedule, though, before you decide on this option: ferries run once or twice an hour, 2pm–8pm on weekdays and 11:20am-8:40pm on weekends.