A southwest Brooklyn,
New York, peninsula holds the exciting Red Hook
neighborhood that Dutch immigrants established in 1636, naming it Roode Hoek because of its red soil and hook-like shape of the land the East River surrounds. This community served as home base for both proud longshoremen and their families and gangster Al Capone, inspiring the screenplay and celebrated Marlon Brando movie "On the Waterfront." The neighborhood mixes its history of hard work and grit with an updated, laid-back vibe reflected in the townhouses
Locals gather, shop, and eat at Fairway Market in Red Hook Stores, a repurposed 1870s warehouse. Residents enjoy the market's outdoor picnic tables, where they savor meals and breathtaking harbor views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, 10 miles away and accessible by car, the B61 bus, a cab, or a water taxi. The Brooklyn Icehouse, a favorite local dive bar, features pulled pork sliders, excellent onion rings, music, and board games. Lobster lovers crave the food and fun atmosphere at Red Hook Lobster Pound.