Welcome to Red Hook
From a thriving port to a spirited pocket of creativity
Named for the red earth and shape of the land, Red Hook saw its first European settlers in the 1600s. Dutch mills gave way to a thriving port in the mid 19th century. The boom lasted until the 1960s when a change in shipping techniques ushered in an era of decline. Its current renaissance has been driven by people who value its physical isolation: creatives who have cultivated an almost small-town feel as they bring their passion projects to life.
A tight-knit, creative community has brought new life to this spacious industrial waterfront district with visible history and an edge-of-the-world feel.
What To Expect
A tight-knit creative community revitalizing an old industrial and shipping center
Few people come to Red Hook for the convenience, so those who live or build businesses here are all in. From the friendly team at Hometown BBQ to exceptional arts programming at the Pioneer Works cultural center, there’s a lot of pride and support to go around, making it a rewarding place to live.
Quiet and laid back — a world away from downtown hustle and impersonal service
The antithesis of the nonstop New York stereotype, Red Hook’s cafes close when you should probably stop drinking coffee, and you’ll get personal service that isn’t in a hurry. There’s room for a few major conveniences like Fairway and Ikea — complete with parking lots. For live music and affordable drinks, there’s always Sunny’s, an iconic waterfront spot that’s been around in some form since the 1890s.
The industrial blocks are home to hidden gems, from handmade popsicles to gorgeous cocktail bars
Much of the neighborhood is still industrial and it’s easy to skip over these parts. Take the time to look and you’ll find small business dotted in between. One day you might stumble upon a daring florist, the next a candlelit event space hosting brunch.
Unique spaces and limited inventory
The volume of available residences is low, but the neighborhood’s long history and individual, entrepreneurial spirit has left its mark with a variety of home styles from different eras. Recently, some extraordinary new condos and super luxe townhouses have dramatically increased the area’s median home value.
You'll Fall In Love With
Waterfront living: ferries, views and sunsets
The views (and sunsets) from the old piers are hard to beat. Another perk of waterfront living: the city’s subsidized ferry service has expanded over the past few years, bringing new transport options to the area.