Red Hook

Photos by Paul Frangipane

Red Hook’s shipping history can be easily seen on the waterfront with cargo cranes jutting into the air next to freight ships in the harbor.

Red Hook’s waterfront boasts clear views of the Statue of Liberty.

Lehigh Valley No. 79, an all-wooden barge from 1914, sits docked in Red Hook as a waterfront museum that offers public viewing, circus shows, plays, musical performances and art galleries.

David Sharp runs the waterfront museum and keeps it up as his home with his family. After fixing it up, he brought the barge to its permanent home in Red Hook in 1994. In its past life, the barge carried tons of materials from railroad systems throughout New Jersey and New York.

The museum is filled with artifacts from fellow maritime lovers that sit next to various kitchen supplies and an office set-up that boasts a landline telephone.

The iconic Sunny’s Bar that’s been around since the 1890s on Conover Street pays tribute to its late owner, Sunny Balzano. The bar remains open for business after financial strife following Balzano’s death gave the old watering hole a scare. With help from the community, the family raised enough money to afford the down payment on the $2.5 million property.

An increase of wine and spirit production in Red Hook is shown at Widow Jane Distillery as workers transport bourbon to the warehouse. The company started producing chocolate before they dabbled in cacao rums and liqueurs. Now they distill bourbon, rum, liquor and make chocolate under the same roof.

Barrels are on display in the Widow Jane distillery.

Keeping up with the neighborhood’s seaside vibe, Brooklyn Crab hosts boozy games of corn hole.

After it was renovated in 2006 to make loft apartment, this 19th-century warehouse opened a Fairway supermarket on its ground floor.

An old trolley car is parked permanently on the Red Hook waterfront. The car ended up in Red Hook when Brooklyn resident Bob Diamond found an abandoned Long Island Rail Road tunnel and proposed building a trolley line throughout the borough. The project eventually lost funding and the car was left in Red Hook.

The Red Hook Community Farm is a 2.75-acre production and compost site that was established in 2001 on the site of a former concrete baseball field.

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary holds a parish that dates back to the 1850s.

The Red Hook Houses, still a thriving public housing community, opened in 1938 as one of the first and largest housing projects in the city. It was originally built for the families of dockworkers.

A running track in the middle of Red Hook Park.

A century-old warehouse in the eastern part of Red Hook set fire weeks after locals began pushing to landmark the building.

The abandoned Red Hook Grain Terminal still stands at the mouth of the Gowanus Canal.

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