A project by PortSide NewYork

Welcome to 400+ years of Red Hook history!  Here are many forgotten stories from our evocative neighborhood, and NYC’s maritime story in microcosm.  Explore:

  • A digital museum about our waterfront past and present
  • Red Hook retail, arts, non-profits, schools, recreation
  • Resiliency and flood prep info

It’s a resource for locals, tourists, history buffs, urban-planners, educators, investors, flaneurs. Explore via menus, the search window or the interactive map. On the map, click the colored, numbered dots to zoom in to multiple items in that location. Then click on a pin to explore that item. Anchor icons mean sites of major importance. 

Click empty spot on map to activate it

Random Items

Literary Reference 1908 detective novel with a setting in Erie Basin“Alice gazed about and presently recognized her surroundings. "Why, this is the Erie Basin!" she murmured. "How in the world did I ever come here?" Now, the Erie Basin has nothing whatever to do…

In 1921, the Brooklyn Spar Company advertised in The Marine Journal that it sold wooden masts and posts for derricks and flag poles, which the company made at its waterfront facility at the foot of…

A fair portion of  today’s Red Hook was once water.  An 1887 article in the Brook Eagle marvels that Henry and neighboring streets have been extended nearly half a mile in ten years. Marshes with…Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sunday July 3 1887Transcription.  HENRY STREET’S CHANGES--A Walk at the Lower End Well Worth Taking.--The Growth of a Year and a Half – Squatter Sovereigns – Side…