Must-See Red Hook
by Michael Hsu, 05/07/2014
(From left) The Good Fork and Sunny's Bar photos by Julienne Schaer
With its sweeping views of New York Bay, the occasional cobblestone street and an industrial vibe (a holdover from when it was one of the country's busiest shipping centers), Red Hook has a character all its own. It's the big city infused with the flavor of New England, and it's become home to artisans, musicians, beekeepers, rooftop gardeners and a host of creatives and entrepreneurs.
Getting to the neighborhood is easier than ever. Every weekend the New York Water Taxi runs free ferry rides from Lower Manhattan. Hop on at Pier 11/Wall Street, enjoy a scenic 20-minute journey over the East River and jump off at the Ikea dock. The ferries depart every 40 minutes and run from 11:20am to 9:20pm.
To get there by public transportation, the way to go is the B61 bus (though the B57 also gets you close), which does a loop through the neighborhood; it's an easy connection from many subway lines. Get on at Jay St./MetroTech from the A, C, F or R trains; at Borough Hall from the 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains; or at 4th Ave./9th St. from the F, G or R. There are free shuttle buses to Ikea from the subway stops at the corner of Smith and 9th Streets, 4th Avenue and 9th Street and from Brooklyn Borough Hall. Many of the spots in this roundup are within walking distance of Ikea.
With its stellar food scene, eclectic shopping and stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, Red Hook is filled with unexpected treasures. The resourceful will be rewarded.
View our Red Hook video below.