Red Hook is an up-and-coming neighborhood in Brooklyn with a rich history. It was settled by Dutch colonists in the 17th century, who named it Roode Hoeke after its red clay soil and its land that points out into Upper New York Bay. Red Hook later became the busiest freight port in the world during the 1920’s. Today, the neighborhood feels similar to favorites like Tribeca and Dumbo, but with relatively affordable real estate.
Red Hook is a peninsula that is bounded by Hamilton Avenue to the north; the Gowanus Canal to the east; the Buttermilk Channel to the west; and the Red Hook Channel to the south. It is in the area known as South Brooklyn, which is actually in western Brooklyn. The name comes from its location to the south of Atlantic Avenue.
Until the 1950’s, other neighborhoods south of Atlantic Avenue, including Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street Waterfront District, and Gowanus, were all part of South Brooklyn. They were naturally separated by the construction of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and the Gowanus Expressway, creating the distinct yet similar neighborhoods that we have today.
The neighborhood is served by the NYC Ferry. The F and G trains make stops in nearby Carroll Gardens.