Red Hook

Brooklyn

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One of the most difficult to reach areas in Brooklyn is also the most worthwhile to visit! Take the ferry from Lower Manhattan or prepare for a long walk or bus ride from the G or F trains to arrive at this quaint Brooklyn neighborhood that’s reminiscent of a seaside fishing village. A neighborhood since the 1600s, Red Hook remains a lively community! Cobblestone streets, a shipyard welcoming cargo and cruise ships from across the Atlantic, and adorable old buildings and homes make up most of Red Hook. Red Hook has recently become a destination for food lovers! Chef Andy Ricker brought his acclaimed Thai joint, Pok Pok, originally from Portland, to the waterfront, where lines queue up daily before the restaurant’s opening – it doesn’t take reservations! The fabulous bakery Baked NYC is also a venue to stock up on treats in Red Hook – don’t miss the salted caramel brownies! Red Hook Lobster Pound, which serves excellent lobster rolls and seafood, is another foodie hotspot. Because of its proximity to the water, Red Hook indeed suffered a lot of damage from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Luckily, community efforts have drastically help improve homes and businesses, and the area is thriving, though still in some states of repair. To New Yorkers located outside of Red Hook, the area is probably best known as the home of New York’s only IKEA store. Shopping for furniture here is almost a rite of passage for new New Yorkers setting up apartments, and the cafeteria is even an important destination for some! It doesn’t get better than discounted Swedish meatballs with oceanfront views. By Melissa Kravitz

Neighborhood Highlights

Buses:

B61

Rental Prices:

$1,800 ― $3,500

Sales Prices:

$432,000 ― $840,000

Landmarks:

Erie Basin Park, Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

School Districts:

15

Police Precincts:

76

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  • Kelly
    October 7th 2014
    Terrible commute! Nothing here but a few restaurants.

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