The zip code for Red Hook, Brooklyn is 11231. You can send a letter if you are one of the few who still communicates through handwritten correspondence, or you can put 11231 into your GPS and take a trip to Red Hook. This industrial section of Brooklyn is home to galleries, restaurants, and a cruise terminal and is worth a visit.
Things to Do in 11231
Here are four things you must do in Red Hook:
- Go to a Gallery or Buy Art: Start your day visiting Pioneer Works. This 25,000 square foot waterfront Red Hook Gallery founded by Brooklyn artist Dustin Yellen, "seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, foster community, and provide a space where alternative modes of thought are supported and activated in tangible ways." The gallery hosts a monthly music and open gallery series, Second Sundays, which is a casual and fun way to see their art and listen to music, and the ideal way to end the weekend. Afterward, head to BWAC. The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition hosts many art shows throughout the year. On the Sunday of the last day of each show, they auction off the work from the event. At these auctions, there is a possibility to score a piece of art for as little as forty bucks. Even if art buying isn't on your agenda, a visit to their gallery in Red Hook is a worth a visit. Located on the waterfront, the gallery exhibits local artists. The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition was founded in 1978 and was vital in creating the artistic community in Red Hook. However, if you're in the market for art, you must attend the annual The Really Affordable Art Show.
- Visit a Museum on a Barge: Be sure to check out the Waterfront Museum. Step aboard the historic restored seaworthy barge docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Lehigh Valley No. 9 is open to the public on Saturdays from 1-5pm year round and also on Thursdays from 4pm-8pm in warmer months. Explore the vessel, see the Captain’s original living quarters, and a collection of tools used by longshoremen and stevedores. They also have a whirling ball machine, which is a fantastic permanent art installation that mesmerizes both kids and adults.
- Eat BBQ or Fish: Hometown BBQ is an enormous atmospheric barbecue restaurant in Red Hook seems like it's straight from Texas. Order a half pound of brisket, pulled pork, lamb belly, turkey, or a pound of beef ribs. The menu is brimming with BBQ favorites including Vietnamese hot wings, pulled pork sandwiches and spare ribs. Hometown has "authentic, pit-smoked meats prepared with the classic Southern technique" and also an incredible menu of drinks including local drafts and wines. Or dine on a deck with views of the water at Brooklyn Crab! Brooklyn Crab has the feel of a seafood restaurant in New England, but it's located in Red Hook. Sit on the deck and enjoy the breeze and water views as you dine on fresh seafood. The menu at Brooklyn Crab has all the classics, from fish and chips to lobster rolls (and of course, they have crabs). If you’re looking for a good brew, they also have an extensive beer menu. After dinner, play a game of corn hole (bean bag toss) located near the entrance and then stroll over to the pier by Fairway Market and check out the views of the Statue of Liberty.
- Play Mini Golf: Ever wanted to play mini golf in a subway car? Well, you can at Shipwrecked in Red Hook. This extremely inventive eighteen-hole mini golf course, created by theater veterans, is an immersive experience that makes for a truly memorable game of mini golf. The course is housed in a series of themed rooms. Kids will marvel at the theatrics (just to note, you have to buy show tokens for the special effects), and the course is challenging for both kids and adults. Check out their website and Facebook page for upcoming shows. They host magic shows, concerts, and other family-friendly events.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein