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…

Tug captains use landmarks (points on land visible from the water) to tell other mariners and the Coast Guard VTS and the Coast Guard VTS (Vessel Traffic Service - the harbor equivalent of air traffic…

Beginning at the end of the 1800s, New York City docked floating pools, known as baths, along the Brooklyn water front to provide relief from the summer heat. Bath No. 4 was docked at the foot of…