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Red Hook Brooklyn Neighborhood Guide

Red Hook Brooklyn is an industrial peninsula surrounded by canals, channels, and waterways. Its residents form a tight-knit, creative community which manifests itself through the wonderful small businesses within the neighborhood’s industrial section. Be sure not to miss the incredible city and sunset views.

The People

Red Hook’s demographics are changing rapidly, much like other parts of Brooklyn. Red Hook Brooklyn has the following demographics:

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  • Hispanic: 32%
  • Black: 41%
  • White: 18%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Other: 2%

Red Hook Brooklyn Food

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  • Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies – Steve’s continual endeavor to improve his key lime pie in its quality stands out as one of the most authentic and uncompromising key lime pies North of the Sunshine State.
  • Hometown BBQ – Authentic pit smoked barbecue with a full bar that specializes in local craft beers and a large range of American, whiskeys in an urban warehouse setting.
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound – Since the restaurant’s doors opened in 2009, people have traveled hundreds of miles or more to Red Hook to sample the freshest Maine lobster in this incredibly special part of NYC.
  • The Good Fork – The Good Fork Restaurant and bar served eclectic seasonal New American food in a warm and cozy setting. Having opened their doors in March of 2006, they have had the pleasure of serving the wonderful Red Hook, Brooklyn community and beyond for over 14 years.
  • Somtum Der – In 2014 Somtum Der journeyed to New York City and introduced the original taste of Isan food to New Yorkers and visitors. There, the restaurant is awarded one star by Michelin, French tire company, and is listed in Michelin Guide New York City 2016 only one year after its opening and Bib Gourmand in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2019.

The Vibe

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Red Hook Brooklyn residents are best described as creative and committed. Neighbors here are all-in, setting up their studios, offices, stores, restaurants, and other small businesses in the neighborhood’s industrial section. The neighborhood’s setting, surrounded by water on three sides, contributes to the feel of a North Atlantic seaside village.

The Setting

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Red Hook is surrounded by water on three sides. The Buttermilk Channel surrounds the northern end of the neighborhood. The western end is flanked by the Red Hook Channel. The south end is defined by the Gowanus Canal. The Gowanus Expressway defines the eastern border of the neighborhood.

Red Hook Brooklyn Attractions

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  • Pioneer Works – Pioneer Works builds community through the arts and sciences to create an open and inspired world. They encourage radical thinking across disciplines by providing practitioners a space to work, tools to create, and a platform to exchange ideas that are free and open to all.
  • Brooklyn Cruise Terminal – The modern terminal offers all the services and comforts expected from a world-class cruise facility including 200,000 square feet of flexible terminal space, sophisticated gangways, separate bus stalls, and ample parking.
  • Red Hook Winery – Founded in 2008 by Mark Snyder, The Red Hook Winery aims to uncover and highlight the best vineyard sites in New York state
  • Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier – Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier was originally built in 1996 by the City’s Economic Development Corporation before becoming a city park in 1999. From the pier can be seen the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, Manhattan’s skyline, Staten Island, and the New York Harbor.


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  • The Brooklyn Ice House – Bar food, a big beer list & an ample back patio bring locals to this laid-back tavern.
  • Sunny’s – Knickknack-adorned Red Hook saloon that’s been around in one guise or another since the 1890s. Live music is a staple at this Brooklyn landmark.
  • Seaborne – Classic and modern cocktails served in an exposed-brick bar.

Moving to Red Hook Brooklyn

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Metropolis Moving has gained the reputation of being one of New York City’s most courteous, careful, and friendly professional moving services. Get a quote today and you’ll be on your way to living the life you envision for yourself in Red Hook Brooklyn.

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