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Red Hook Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

This Red Hook neighborhood guide will give you the ins and outs of what makes this Brooklyn area so special. Learn a little bit about the history, culture, and attractions. Find out important details like transportation, schools, and housing available in Red Hook and see why this is a desirable sect
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
5.4 Overall
Average Rent Prices 7
Public transportation 3
Schools 5
Lifestyle 8
Crime 4

While Red Hook is known to many as being inaccessible by train, it's this very trait that gives the neighborhood is very unique feel and character.

It's also the major draw for many who find this a charming seaside town sorts with its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and stunning waterfront views.

In this Red Hook neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

Get this - Red Hook is THE ONLY neighborhood in NYC that has a fully frontal view of The Statue of Liberty!

It's also the base for many of artists and local artisans which include metal and woodworkers.

IKEA and Fairway Market have been valuable neighborhood additions that have brought many [who may not have come otherwise] to explore the area.

The neighborhood also features one of the few farms in five boroughs--The Red Hook Community Farm.

The best part is that the farm sells its organic produce right back to the community at affordable prices!

FUN FACT: Red Hook is named for the red clay soil as well as the pointed peninsula into the Upper New York Bay.


Access by car is somewhat easy since the Gowanus Expressway runs through it, separating it from the rest of Brooklyn.

It is connected to Manhattan by the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.

IKEA also provides a complimentary shuttle service that runs to the following stops:

  • Smith-Ninth Streets
  • Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street
  • Court Street-Borough Hall

Services are provided Monday-Friday every half hour from 3-9 PM and weekends every 20 minutes from 11AM-9PM. Non-shoppers also use this service.

The New York Water Taxi runs daily from Wall Street's Pier 11 in Manhattan to IKEA Home furnishings store.

Weekdays: $2.75 each way

Weekends: FREE

Unfortunately, the subway and bus service in Red Hook is sparse.

Local Lines
BusB57, B61

Renting in Red Hook

If you're looking to move, in Red Hook you'll find plenty of town houses, as well gorgeous historic restored loft buildings.

In recent years, there have been a number of gut renovations as well as new constructions going up in this up-and-coming neighborhood.

Median Asking Rent Prices in Red Hook
Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in Red Hook Neighborhood

Public & Charter Schools

While Red Hook is a small community, it offers a number of public and charter school choices for its residents.

Red Hook falls within geographical district #15, so neighborhood students can apply to unzoned schools in the wider part of the district.

Besides the public and charter school selection, Red Hook is home is BASIS a private school offering rigorous academics in a state-of-the-art building.

Local Schools
Summit Academy Charter SchoolCharter: 6-12, 329 studentsChallenging curriculum, students get plenty of attention from teachers, many clubs and extracurricular activities.
PAVE Academy Charter SchoolCharter: Pre K-8, 486 studentsThe school follows a philosophy of highly structured academics. Standards are high, but students are offered plenty of support from the teachers in the classroom and from other staff.
South Brooklyn Community High SchoolPublic: 9-12, 201 studentsDesigned for young people who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, the small school helps teenagers find their way to college or a career with an accelerated academic program and individual counseling.
P.S. 15 Patrick F. DalyPublic: Pre-K-5, 452 studentsSmall class size, a diverse and friendly student body, caring and progressive teachers and a motivated principal. Art and community partnerships.
Red Hook Neighborhood SchoolPublic: Pre-K-5, 193 studentsRed Hook Neighborhood School is a tiny school serving pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. It has an after school program for pre-kindergartners until 5 pm, which is rare, and a LEGO room as part of its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.


Red Hook is continuing to expand its cuisine choices for residents.

Tradition will have you visiting one of Red Hook's longest lasting establishments - Defonte's Sandwich Shop. Since 1922 this old school Italian deli has been a destination for many.

Fresh seafood is a staple for this waterfront neighborhood. It's only fitting for people to want to enjoy a lobster roll and cheese fries at Red Hook Lobster Pound.

For more seafood and fun, check out Brooklyn Crab, which imparts sweeping views of the harbor, killer drinks, and miniature gulf as well as other forms recreation.

While seafood may be a more natural fit, a pit-smoked BBQ joint--Hometown has made a splash, whose melting pot menu features tacos, Vietnamese wings, and Korean ribs!

Red Hook is also home to one of Brooklyn's oldest bars-- Sunny's Bar, which has over 100 years of history as a watering hole.

Once a popular spot for longshoremen, you can now enjoy happy times and live bluegrass/folk music at the spot, memorialized by Anthony Bourdain on his show No Reservations.

Attractions and Nightlife

To keep things interesting, there are all kinds of art and history events going on in the historic warehouses during the year.

You'll be able to find art exhibitions year round among its galleries like North Inuit Art Gallery, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and Pioneer Works to name a few.

Visitors can have a novel experience at the Waterfront Barge Museum which is actually housed in a barge right on the water!

It's not just a museum, but also a performance and event space. Hook Arts Media is the other performance arts space to check out.

Red Hook is home to a number of artisanal businesses such as Van Brunt Stillhouse, Red Hook Winery), Raaka Chocolate, and Sixpoint Brewery.

Besides Sunny's, Red Hook is home to a myriad of amazing bars to visit such as Brooklyn Ice House, Seaborne, Botanica, and Jalopy Tavern/Theater usually features live music.

How Safe is Red Hook Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 6 out of 10
Approximately 19.4075 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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