Photo: Eric Hsu
This waterfront neighborhood has sweeping views of New York Harbor, great seafood and an industrial aesthetic held over from a previous life. Its cobblestone streets and warehouses are now home to museums, restaurants and homespun shops.
The NYC Ferry runs from Lower Manhattan to Red Hook. You can also take the F or G subway to Carroll Street or Smith–9th Streets and walk over.
Inventive museums (including one on a barge), inside looks at converted factories and food from all regions of the country.
Old-school bars and key lime pie at Steve’s.
There’s no shame in snapping a sunset photo from the pier at Louis Valentino, Jr. Park.