Must-See Red Hook
by Michael Hsu, 05/07/2014
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier
Ferris Street (bet. Coffey and Van Dyke Streets)
Nestled in a cove off the New York Bay, this small waterfront park has a little bit of everything: green grass, tall reeds, a rocky shore and a sandy beach. The views from land are spectacular, but just wait until you walk to the end of the adjacent pier. There you'll find one of the best views of the Statue of Liberty without stepping foot off dry land, with Lady Liberty facing the pier almost directly. You'll also get great views of Lower Manhattan, Governors Island, Staten Island and the Civil War–era Red Hook Stores Building, a beautiful brick structure just to the south. The shore next to the pier is one of the City's kayak and canoe launching points (permits are required). For the casual paddler, the volunteer-run Red Hook Boaters provides kayaks for free on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm (June through September) as well as on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm (June through mid-August). Or stop by on a Tuesday night to catch a free film screening: the Red Hook Flicks summer movies run until August, and it’s a culinary as well as cinematic treat. You’ll find food stands from local establishments including Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, the Red Hook Lobster Pound and Hometown Bar-B-Que.