Columbia Waterfront District, Brooklyn

PortSide's Columbia Waterfront District guide
PortSide's webpage for neighboring Red Hook
SBIDC Red Hook Visitor Guide here  

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The historic waterfront neighborhoods to the south of  Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Columbia Waterfront District and Red Hook, are linked by the Brooklyn Greenway  (which is where the Greenway was born). 

The Columbia Waterfront District is a thin ribbon lying between the Red Hook container port and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.  It has glorious end of day light and harbor views.  Red Hook is a storied peninsula, only a mile square, bounded by water on three sides.

The two quirky neighborhoods are part of Brooklyn's creative crescent, the kind of place where a garden center and furniture designer team up to make a pop-up gallery.   Businesses here range from urban chicken keeping to container ship engine repair with a lot of quality dining, design and crafts in between.

The two neighborhoods were once one, before some realtor name changes; and since they are re-uniting, we include references to Red Hook below and suggest you also look at our Red Hook page here.

Hurricane Sandy provided another reason to re-connect the neighborhoods of what was historically called Red Hook South Brooklyn: resiliency is a collective effort, and low-lying Red Hook and Gowanus, which were badly flooded by Sandy, will be served by growing connections with higher ground neighbors in adjoining Columbia Waterfront, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill.

The tang of salt air is never far away

The low-rise shoreline of the area offers a big sky feeling with views of blazing sunsets, the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.  Several Columbia Street bars and restaurants have great sunset views.

Relax in five community gardens in the Columbia Waterfront or visit Valentino Park in Red Hook for spectacular harbor views and free kayaking with the Red Hook Boaters

In Red Hook, BWAC art shows are often held on the pier next to Fairway. Antiques and vintage shops are sprinkled through Red Hook and the Columbia Waterfront District and line nearby Atlantic Avenue.

Red Hook has an IKEA and gourmet food in a 40,000 square-foot Fairway Market. 

In this area, you can dine on some of the best of Brooklyn’s artisanal food, eat Latin American street food outside at the Red Hook Food Vendors in the Red Hook ballfields, visit the urban farm Added Value, and listen to bluegrass at the Jalopy Theatre

You can even come by water! 

Come on the IKEA ferry or the free Red Hook Summer ferry, and walk and munch your way through Red Hook--or take a short ride on the B61 bus from IKEA to the Columbia Waterfront District.

Take the East River Ferry to Pier 6 and walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park, or take a short ferry to Pier 6 from Governors Island in the summer.