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.
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
COLUMBIA ST. WATERFRONT DISTRICT
Columbia St. Waterfront District
The Columbia Street Waterfront District is a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City on the Upper New York Bay waterfront between Cobble Hill and Red Hook and situated on the western side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE). The neighborhood is locally governed by Brooklyn Community Board 6. The neighborhood was formed in 1957 when the newly built BQE effectively cut Columbia Street off from Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, its two adjacent neighborhoods. The district, once an area that was blighted by empty storefronts, was further emptied of tenants by a construction disaster that caused the death of a construction worker and the demolition of 33 buildings. By 1984, an urban renewal project was completed, as well as a brand-new street, houses along which sold out quickly.
The district is one of Brooklyn’s smallest neighborhoods, comprising about 22 blocks in an area west-east between the B.Q.E. and the waterfront, and north-south from Atlantic Avenue to the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel. It is sometimes described as part of Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill.
Eleven percent of the population along the northern section of Columbia Street is unmarried, same-sex households, which is the largest percentage of same-sex relationships anywhere in New York City.