5.4 out of 10

Red Hook

Ranked 38th best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.67724 -74.00936
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
2yrs+

"A balance of good and evil"

I don't get out to Red Hook as much as I would like - because it's not the most accessible neighborhood via public transportation. You really have to make a day out of any trip to this boondocks of a neighborhood - not that it isn't worth a visit. It is, it's just a pain to get around (unless of course for some reason you have a car in the city).

Red Hook was supposed to be the next Williamsburg - a haven for twenty-something hipsters to shop, eat and make art/music, as that's all the trendy set ever seems to do. And it sort of is - except that it never caught on as much down here as in Williamsburg and surrounding neighborhoods. Perhaps this is because Red Hook was never as affordable as Williamsburg once was (and Bushwick and Bed-Stuy still are, being crap neighborhoods to live in). Or perhaps it is because residents of Red Hook must take the hated G train to get anywhere (TERRIBLE transit!), or perhaps it's the housing projects that keep people away.

Red Hook is half industrial and half residential - I've looked at some very roomy and fairly priced spaces for rent here, and many have amazing views of the city skyline. And the neighborhood has its bright spots: the ballfields, IKEA, Fairway, and a ton of trendy boutique restaurants and cafes, like Baked, Sunny's Bar and Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie. I'm not sure how many would agree that the city views, quaint residential streets (many of which are paved in shoddy brick) and parks would make up for the housing projects, industrial action (there are always huge trucks driving around these parts) and crap transportation. I suppose it's one of those neighborhoods where residents take the good with the bad.
Pros
  • view of the Statue of Liberty from Fairway
  • IKEA
  • bar/restaurant life
Cons
  • cobbled streets could use a repaving
  • you need a car - unless you have eternal patience required to live with only the G train
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5
2yrs+

"The rec area will keep the kids busy and off the streets"

Red Hook is one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods. The area offers great views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Take a walk down Red Hook’s cobblestone streets and take a trip back in time - there is so much history to be found in this community.

Velentino Pier offers some of the best views in Red Hook, and there is a nearby grassy park and picnicking area perfect for a weekend outing or weekday lunch date. Stop by the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge for lots of educational programs for the kids. Further east, you will discover a large public swimming pool at the Red Hook Recreation Area, also a great place for the children.

Red Hook offers little in terms of transportation. There is no subway line in Red Hook and public transportation can be a problem as well. The NY Water Taxi does exist here and ferries passengers to and from Ikea and Fairway (the neighborhood’s gourmet food center). Despite the area’s lack of transportation, housing is priced fairly competitively with the rest of Brooklyn. One bedroom apartments rent for about $1500 per month. Red Hook also holds one of Brooklyn’s largest public housing projects, known as The Red Hook Houses.

A few schools populate the area, including South Brooklyn Community High School on Conover Street. Also in the area are PS 027 Agnes Y. Humphrey and PS 015 Patrick F. Daly. Lots of kids from the “projects” frequent the schools.

Some local favorites for dining out are Hope & Anchor (a diner on Van Brunt Street) as well as the Red Hook Ballfields where you can get your fill of hot wings and quesadillas. There are not a lot of upscale nightclubs in the area, but if you are looking for a stiff beer, grab a pint at Sunny’s, or class it up at Tini’s for a nice glass of wine.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Red Hook is a developing neighborhood"

I’ve heard a lot in the past about how Red Hook is supposed to be the new Williamsburg – or rather, what Williamsburg used to be before all of the businesses arrived with their trendy shops, bars, record stores, and restaurants: an enclave of artists living where ever the rent is cheap. I don’t know how true this is – but this neighborhood features a mixture of classes. Many working class people find themselves living beside luxury car owners here. Condo projects and shopping centers are in the works for Red Hook, so its days as any kind of bohemia are numbered.

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Best Streets in Red Hook

1

Van Brunt St

3.5/5
"Old World Feel, but Featuring New World Shops"
40.6786359922807 -74.0113954740714
2

Columbia St

3/5
"No pirates are found here.."
40.6751107217738 -74.0074757260361
3

Beard St

2/5
"Close to the waterfront, art and museums."
40.6741453789802 -74.0138787031521

Unranked Streets in Red Hook

Conover St

3.5/5
"Conover Street in Brooklyn, New York"
40.6835316684278 -74.007779339891

Bay St

3.5/5
"Where Latin food goes to die"
40.6721353874647 -74.0042553056839

Bush St

2.5/5
"Bush Street In Brooklyn"
40.6743254264951 -74.0041334593808

Dikeman St

2.5/5
"Rough and Tough Neighborhood, but Has a Certain "Charm""
40.6767536616866 -74.013490355717

Ferris St

1/5
"Unsafe Place at Night"
40.6791818492463 -74.015663603906

Hamilton Ave

1.5/5
"Dirty, Industrial and Unworthy - Albeit a Neccessary Evil - Overall"
40.6761544329273 -74.0016800425047
"On Huntington Street"
40.677072874831 -74.0034488120417

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