Red Hook, Brooklyn
Red Hook is a rapidly evolving, mixed-use neighborhood. We have stunning waterfront views, a working waterfront that provides opportunities to see ships and tugboats, a burgeoning artist colony, and quality artisanal food and craft emporia concentrated near the main drag Van Brunt Street. We have great spirit, as in a growing sector of beer brewers, distillers and wine makers. We have the freshest lobsters for sale in NYC and an urban farm! Our friends and neighbors at Pioneer Works and Red Hook Labs create great exhibits and cultural events. Two large shopping magnets, Fairway and IKEA, define the southern rim of the peninsula. We are a destination for many reasons. See SBIDC's Red Hook Visitor Guide
Outdoorsy features include: 70 acres of city park space including Valentino Park & Pier, one of NYC's largest outdoor pools at Red Hook Parks, the ball fields with the famous street food of the Red Hook Food Vendors, and leafy Coffey Park; the waterfront esplanades at IKEA, Fairway and Columbia Street; and 3 garden centers, -- all wrapped in a raw, atmospheric beauty.
Red Hook is home to NYC's second largest public housing projects, The Red Hook Houses, so we also have a large community of need. This inspires much programming at our diverse and creative socially-oriented non-profits. Their programs also create other reasons to visit Red Hook:
- Added Value youth program, urban farm, summer farmer's market.
- BWAC, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Brooklyn's largest artist-run organization.
- Cora Dance creates contemporary dance access, events.
- Dance Theatre Etc (DTE) Youth program, site-specific dance and events, art as civic engagement.
- Falconworks youth-created theatre. They aim to create social change through theater with "everyday people making theater."
- Kentler International Drawing Space a small gallery with quality shows and programs.
- Pioneer Works Center for Art + Innovation, our neighbors across Pioneer Street, is a noted cultural center that receives major press. They offer diverse art programs sometimes fusing science, artist residencies, and a special event space. Their historic building is an attraction in its own right; their garden an urban oasis. Their "Second Sundays" open house + concerts are a massive draw every month.
- Red Hook Art Project a tutoring and mentoring project providing gifted, under-served children and youth with free classes and tutoring in the visual arts and music. Homework tutoring too!
- Red Hook Boaters free kayaking in Valentino Park, promotes education about, and care for, the coastal environment and conducts beach clean ups in the park. A PortSide partner in the BoatBox.
- Red Hook Initiative provides residents age 10-24 with experiences, training and employment to create community change from within.
- Red Hook Rise provides sports, educational and physical fitness programs that empower and educate youth.
- Waterfront Museum Barge is an antique wood barge, the Lehigh Valley 79, which feels like a barn afloat. It is 100 years old in 2013! It is named for the railroad which formerly operated it. Programs include Circus Sundays, summer exhibits, school group tours by appointment. Open to the public every Thursday 4-8pm and Saturday 1-5pm. A PortSide partner.
Many of our bars and eateries serve as cultural centers by hosting host bands, readings, and events.
Supporting the community development of Red Hook is part of PortSide's mission. Our Red Hook WaterStories project provides educational and cultural experiences to residents of Red Hook that also create an attraction and destination that brings visitors and investors to Red Hook. Please support our June 2016 campaign to raise $20,000 to match a grant! Donate here
Then + Now map
Red Hook in 1776 + 2008 combined! map
On The Waterfront
Red Hook has fantastic harbor views and several fishing locations. If you eat your catch, please see fishing food safety info on our BoatBox page.
Valentino Park & Pier: great views of the harbor and Statue of Liberty, free summer movies, a fishing pier, boat launch for hand-powered boats. Permit required from Parks Department to launch. Eateries right next to the park, Steve's Key Lime Pie and Hometown BBQ's "annex" a picnic area near an army of barbeques!
Red Hook Boaters offer free kayaking on many weekends at Valentino Park.
Fairway Cafe outdoor seating with grill, comfort food and great views of the harbor, and an enclosed, heated seating area. Two waterside gardens at the foot of Conover Street near Fairway.
IKEA's Erie Basin Park has a great esplanade for strolling, two large lawns, varied seating, a fishing pier, preserved gantry cranes (lit at night!), great views of tugs and barges and a NY Water Taxi ferry stop. Just 15 minutes from Wall Street!
Guess what? Our maritime sector is growing
GBX▪Gowanus Bay Terminal home to marine & land-based transportation companies
Hughes Marine, barge rental and operators of Erie Basin.
New York Water Taxi based in Red Hook.
Reinauer Transportation, tug and barge port and co-owners of Erie Basin with Hughes Marine
Erie Basin tug and barge work: as described by a Reinauer Tug Captain
Vane Brothers from Baltimore, operates tugs and fuel barges at original home of the MARY WHALEN , the former site of Ira S. Bushey & Sons at the foot of Court Street, and at GBX visible from Columbia Street.
Several maritime support service businesses are located inland in addition to the businesses above.