Red Hook has been part of the Town of Brooklyn since it was organized in the 1600’s. The neighborhood runs from the East River to the Brooklyn-Queens expressway, with Atlantic Avenue as its northern boundary. Named for the red clay soil and the point of land projecting into the Upper New York Bay, people who live in the eastern area of Red Hook often refer to their neighborhood as "The Point.” In addition to the F and G subway lines, New York City has expanded its water ferry service, operated by New York Water Taxi, adding a new stop at Van Brunt Street.
Once-industrial Red Hook has seen rapid development in recent years, especially with the advent of businesses like Ikea and Home Depot drawing substantial attention to prospective residents. Several Red Hook apartments are located in beautifully renovated converted townhouses, and one of New York’s oldest working ports has been converted to new condos that offer various amenities. Buildings with roof decks offer incredible views of the water and Statue of Liberty. The Red Hook Stores Building, famous for housing Brooklyn's first Fairway Market, is a treasured harbor front converted mixed-use warehouse building from the 1850s, offering authentic loft details such as exposed wood bean and columns, exposed brick, spectacular arched windows and high ceilings. 275 Conover Street was featured in NY Magazine’s most coveted places to live in NYC in 2013. http://nymag.com/realestate/features/covetable-homes-2013-12/index2.html
Red Hook has a rapidly evolving restaurant scene as well, with Van Brunt Street serving as the area’s restaurant row. The Good Fork features an inventive brunch and dinner menu filled with seasonally inspired American cuisine. Home/made, a converted home goods store with white linen couches, antique furnishings and an intimate vibe, serves small dishes, plates of charcuterie and cheese and hot Panini. Brooklyn Crab, a neighborhood favorite built on two decks overlooking the New York harbor, offers seafood fare from all the way up the Atlantic coast and down to the Gulf of Mexico, including steamed blue crabs and lobsters by the pound.
There are plenty of other activities in Red Hook aside from dining. The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition holds three gallery shows per year, and Freebird Books, with Writopia Lab, sponsors workshops for kids interested in writing. Sunday's at Sunny's is a reading series held the first Sunday of every month, co-sponsored by Sunny's Bar and the independent bookstore Bookcourt, co-ordinated by writer Gabriel Cohen. The Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival is an annual summer kick-off held in Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier featuring dance, music, and spoken-word poetry. Dance Theatre Etcetera, the producers of the event, concentrate local resources for residents and bring in community partners with activities for the whole family. Red Hook Crit is an annual bicycle race held every spring, featuring professional road racers, track specialists, bike messengers and urban cyclists competing over multiple laps around a fast technical circuit. Red Hook park features fifty-eight-acres filled with softball fields, handball courts, and a football field.