Red Hook is a fun filled, waterfront, residential neighborhood right next to Carroll Gardens. While most people think of Red Hook as "The neighborhood with the IKEA," there's so much more to see here, including museums, restaurants, and even an art gallery or two.
Named by the Dutch for the red clay that was found here when the area was colonized in 1636. The area was used for shipping and family estates until the American Revolution, when a large fort, called Fort Defiance, was built just before the Battle of Long Island.
The 1800’s saw Red Hook transform into an industrial powerhouse. The ports were revitalized between the 1840’s and 60’s due to the deepening of the Gowanus canal and increased business from the formation of the Erie Canal. One might think this was great for the neighborhood. However, this success attracted organized crime by the 1920’s.
Red Hook continued to have a poor reputation throughout the 1900’s, though industry continued to thrive there. It wasn’t until NYC went through a massive revitalization effort in the 1990’s before Red Hook began to improve, especially with the addition of the IKEA. Now popular with artists and young professionals, Red Hook is a neighborhood in rapid growth.
Being a largely industrial area, the buildings here are mostly shorter. There are several high rises the further inland you go. However, most of the structures here are flat, never really reaching higher than six stories.
Red Hook is going through a change. Still largely industrial, the affordable rent has attracted residents and businesses alike. The population is growing steadily and more is happening in the neighborhood in terms of events, shopping, and dining.
While still not a party neighborhood, the crowd here is a bit younger than other neighborhoods in Brooklyn. This means the energy here is palpable and fun. Red Hook is a fascinating combination of a residential neighborhood and an industrial one.
Red Hook is okay for families. Schools here are good and it’s close to hospitals. There’s also plenty of green space for outdoor activities. Most residents here are on the younger side, so noise might be an issue. However, if that’s not a deal breaker for you, then Red Hook would be a good spot for your family.
There is no direct subway line to Red Hook. However, the F and G trains will get you pretty close.
Biking in Red Hook is pretty popular. The streets are wide, there are miles of bike lane, and Citi Bike docking stations are peppered here and there.
Driving is very popular here. Parking can be a bit difficult to find. However, the traffic is light and the neighborhood is easy to navigate.
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Red Hook is located within 11231. This area currently has 36,302 residents in 15,468 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 36.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 14.08% have graduated from high school, 31.56% have a bachelor's degree, and 28.47% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 66.6% and the median income in this zipcode is $84,223.
At least 72.38% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 37 minutes.
Geographically, 11231 is a part of Kings County, New York. This county is currently home to 2,606,852 residents, or 938,803 households with a median income of $50,640. Kings County, New York residents have a median age of 35 and 70.55% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Kings County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.