Established by Dutch families in 1636, Roode Hoek was one of the earliest settled areas of Brooklyn. By the 19th century, Red Hook became one of the most important maritime centers in the country. By the mid-20th century, shifts in transportation, shipping & infrastructure led to devastating economic changes in this vibrant working class neighborhood. But through those hard times, this tightly-knit community has persevered, & the area has seen renewed interest by visitors & newcomers — both of whom are attracted to the neighborhood’s relaxed pace & small-town ambiance.
Numerous independent small businesses thrive along the charming main thoroughfare, while artisans, manufacturers & entrepreneurs inhabit the multitude of industrial spaces. In addition to exploring majestic Civil War-era warehouses, strolling along streets paved in Belgian blocks, & enjoying spectacular waterfront views, one can enjoy an abundance of sites for meditation & solitude to escape the hustle & bustle of Manhattan. Red Hook, Brooklyn is like no other place in the City!
Expedition Meeting Place: Meet inside the main entrance of IKEA, 1 Beard St, Brooklyn, by the seating at the bottom of the escalator. Please allow enough time to travel to the meeting location so we may start on time.
Travel Directions: (Simplest route) Take an F or G Train to Smith – 9th St Station; Exit the station & wait right there for the “Downtown Brooklyn Fulton Mall via Red Hook” bound B61 Bus to IKEA. http://web.mta.info
Find additional travel directions here: http://info.ikea-usa.com/Brooklyn/StoreDirections.aspx
Expedition Ending location: Not far from the IKEA Water Taxi Ferry or the B61 Bus.
Licensed Tour Guide
A born & bred Native New Yorker, Andrea Coyle is a Board Member & Education Committee Core Member of the Guides Association of NYC. She has a background in both the graphic arts field & early childhood education. A licensed NYC tour guide since 2008, Andrea is a community activist, a preservationist, & a strong supporter of independent small businesses & manufacturers. She loves history, architecture, photography, trains, & food -- & being able to introduce her guests to places off the beaten path!