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

In 1838, a proposal was printed and addressed to the newly formed board of the Red Hook Building Company.  It was aimed at getting more support for the publicly owned real estate development concern…Select text from the Proposal. (A pdf of the full original is linked below) "The advantages of Brooklyn as a place of residence, as well as for commercial purposes  - in view of its proximity to the…

The Hamilton Avenue Ferry was established in 1846. It was run by the Union Ferry Company, who also ran the Fulton Ferry at that time. A major destination was a new upmarket cemetery. The ferry…

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