Red Hook Brooklyn

Red Hook is an old manufacturing and docklands area in south west Brooklyn, where the locals have worked together to rebuild their homes, businesses, and community after severe flood damage from Hurricane Sandy. Red Hook has Belgian block streets, huge civil war era warehouses, a collection of derelict trolley cars, lots of two-story weatherboard (clap board) houses, community gardens, artist studios, and the Louis Valentino Park and Pier (named in honour of the local decorated firefighter who died in 1996 while searching for wounded firefighters) with a view to the Statue of Liberty. A year after Hurricane Sandy, many Red Hook restaurants, cafes, and distilleries were open for business, serving gourmet delicacies – I wanted to check it out. We started at the top of Van Brunt Street, and walked south, past the Red Hook Works mural by Terica Watson, on the corner of Van Brunt and Commerce streets.

Red Hook Works

Red Hook Works mural by Terica Watson, on the corner of Van Brunt and Commerce Streets.

Our first port of call was was the Red Hook Lobster Pound, where we shared a Maine Style (tossed with mayonnaise) and Connecticut Style (with butter and lemon) Lobster Rolls topped with scallions and paprika – delicious!

Just a little further down Van Brunt Street there were a couple of interesting looking places.

Brooklyn Ice House

Brooklyn Ice House – corrugated iron barbecue sign with cutout pig

Bait & Tackle Shop Fishing Club & Bar

Red Hook Bait and Tackle Shop, Fishing Club and Bar

We’d heard there was a Banksy artwork on the corner of Van Brunt and King Streets, but by the time we visited, it had been vandalised and covered with a steel plate to protect the remains.

Banksy Art Preservation

Banksy Art Preservation

Red Hook Bin

Street bin with anchor cutouts

Avion Caravan

Avion caravan

Street

Street with beautiful fence and doorway

Madonna

Madonna

Old Cars

Old Cars

Clean Up After Your Dog

Clean Up After Your Dog

Unfortunately, Home Made, which I’d read great things about, was closed. But maybe that was a good thing, because even though we walked around exploring the area, we weren’t hungry enough to try out any of the great eateries we’d heard about, like The Good Fork. But we stopped at Baked for coffee, and bought a bag of cinnamon marshmallows to take away (they were amazing!). Dry Dock, corner of Van Brunt and Conover Streets – the name made me laugh.

Dry Dock

Dry Dock – clever name for an alcohol store in this area

Red Hook Yacht Club

Red Hook Yacht Club in Reed Street

The 19 century warehouses on the waterfront are so beautiful; we wandered all around them.

Warehouse Doors

Warehouse Doors

Warehouse Pier

Warehouse Pier

Looking To Beard Street

Looking To Beard Street

Warehouse

Warehouse

Trolley Cars

Trolley cars collected by Bob Diamond who had a vision of reviving this mode of transport to connect Red Hook with downtown Brooklyn.

Grasses and Warehouse Windows

Grasses and warehouse windows – from the Louis Valentino Park

Quarters Only

Quarters Only – view to the Statue of Liberty

Liberty Green

Liberty Green

After admiring the Louis Valentino Park and the view of the Statue of Liberty, we headed up Conover Street.

Posh Tomato

Posh Tomato

Took a detour to pick up one of the famous Steve’s Key Lime Pies

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie & Cornell Signs

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie and Cornell Signs

Cacao Prieto chocolate factory and Widow Jane distillery 218 Conover Street

Cacao Prieto Conover Street

Cacao Prieto Conover Street

Red Hook Clapboard & Steel

Clapboard and steel

Trailing Vines

Trailing Vines

 

We had a wonderful day in Red Hook – it had a friendly neighbourhood feeling. Just about everyone we passed on the streets smiled and said hello. When we hailed a bus for the return journey (to Carroll Gardens), the driver couldn’t accept notes (only coins) and suggested we hop aboard and ask one of the passengers if we could buy two swipes from a multi rider ticket, and then a woman swiped for us but wouldn’t accept payment. As we got off, another woman smiled and said “have a good one”.

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