Red Hook

A quiet artistic community on Brooklyn's waterfront that serves as a great base for exploring by bike.

Steadily evolving from its rough roots, the face of Red Hook is changing as artists and youngsters congregate in this industrial and isolated maritime neighborhood. Although Red Hook’s artistic reputation is gaining recognition, its entertainment scene is still finding its sea legs. Other Brooklyn neighborhoods promise livelier activity, but they are best reached by bike or car as Red Hook lacks a direct subway connection.

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On the Map

Red Hook is within Brooklyn and bordered by Columbia Street Waterfront, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, and Carroll Gardens

LaGuardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 45 minutes by transit
Wall Street / Financial District: 35 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Seaside Influence and an Artistic Outlook

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Red Hook's dilapidated beginnings are transforming into distinctly artistic ends. Discarded wood turns into radiant wall space.

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And old warehouses are repurposed as cafes, community centers, and music venues.

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Often compared to a seaside village rather than a big-city destination, Red Hook's peeling paint and washed-up-on-the-shore aesthetic remind of times passed.

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...a unique little neighborhood. Loved the local swimming pool and the great cafes and bars close by. Red Hook is just over the water from Manhattan and combines an interesting mix of portside 'industria' with public housing and the artsy middle class."


Visited in 2012

A New York City Neighborhood of Bygone Times

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Red Hook lacks direct subway access. It's one of the many reasons the neighborhood appeals to a resident artistic community.

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Its wide open spaces and relative isolation lend artists the time and space needed for spirited creation.

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And simple relaxation.

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Red Hook is a unique neighborhood- it's near the water with several piers and fantastic views of the bay and the Statue of Liberty, with coffee shops, cafes, bars, etc. It's an incredible corner of the city, check out Van Brunt Street on Yelp!"


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Cameron Blaylock

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Cameron Blaylock is a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 Cameron received a European Diploma in Fine Arts from Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Having been a full-time Brooklyn resident for just over one year, the Airbnb Neighborhoods Project helped Cameron further understand and appreciate the massive, multi-layered, singular organism that is New York City.