City Living: Red Hook feels like a New England fishing village
The best part of living in Red Hook, according to a long-term resident, is that it takes 20 minutes to walk from my house down the block to get my morning coffee.
The worst part is that it takes 20 minutes to make the walk. Since everyone knows each other, local errands require a string of greetings and conversations along the way.
In this nabe, isolated from the rest of the borough by geography and a roaring highway, the pace is slow, the feel is much more small-town than big city, more like a New England fishing village than a New York neighborhood.
Dutch settlers gave Red Hook its name Roode Hoek because of its iron-rich red soil and peninsular shape.
Van Brunt Street, the main drag and the heart and soul of 21st century Red Hook, is named after an 18th century descendant of a Dutch family that settled in the marshy area in the mid-1600s.
Red Hook was the pinnacle port in the U.S. after the opening of the Erie Canal in the 1830s. More than a hundred years later, Red Hook houses, the New York City Housing Authority development where most of Red Hooks 11,000 residents live, was built to house some local workers.
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