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

From the artist: I'm a NYC based photographic artist who is reconstructing reality. As I see these images, my mind immediately starts to restructure and rearrange them. Photography is my way of…

"We have mostly men here - very few women.  No unattached women permitted at the bar. That’s a simple way of preventing trouble."One of the best known watering holes in Red Hook was the Shaft Alley…

"No man ever, perhaps, got so much the best of old Beard as did Louis Heineman, the housemover of the Twelfth ward.” (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 19, 1891)  When Louis Heineman died in 1904, he…