Welcome to Red Hook!
The apartment is entirely private and you will have it all to yourselves. It occupies the whole ground floor of our house with its own entrance.
Hardwood floors, exposed brick, and minutes from great restaurants and shops.
There is a queen size bed in the main room in the rear. The sofa bed in the front (street) TV room pulls out to a queen bed. The two rooms are separated be a door. The entrance is through the TV room right off the street. The apartment sleeps four.
Everything is a little crooked and funky in this turn-of-the-century house, which is part of the charm. You'll have a large, well stocked kitchen for shopping at Fairway Market down the street, with a dishwasher and microwave.
There is a pleasing mix of brand new contemporary and antique/salvaged furniture. Cable TV and wireless internet are provided with the room price
There is also a large garden in the back, with a huge two story tree house for kids, although we built it adult sized so you can hang out on the top level during summer nights and enjoy a drink. There is also a cast iron table and chairs and a wicker bench seat if you prefer to stay on terra firma!
Our home is located at the northern end of main street Van Brunt, the 'residustrial' stretch. The block is entirely residential on our side of the street and is surrounded by a manufacturing/commercial district with businesses as varied as import/export companies, glass shops and a the best coffee roaster in Brooklyn. One block south of us is where the 'residential' stretch begins and you'll find all the great bars, restaurants and shopping.
Transportation in Red Hook is provided by a new ferry service two blocks from the house which takes you to Manhattan in 20 minutes! It also serves other neighborhoods on the Brooklyn waterfront for you to explore. And it's fun with a great view of the City!
The B61 bus (stop across the street from our house) also takes you to all major subway lines in downtown Brooklyn in 10-15 minutes. Total trip with bus to subway into Manhattan is approximately 40 minutes.
It's a pleasant 20 walk through scenic Carroll Gardens to the F and G trains.
The IKEA nearby on the waterfront also provides a ferry service to lower Manhattan.
Car services are inexpensive and plentiful, and provide an economic way to get around.
The wildly popular Citi Bike bike share rental program has several pickup/dropoff locations in Red Hook for treks into the City across the Brooklyn Bridge where you can drop them off at any of hundreds of locations and jump on the subway.
The Brooklyn Greenway bike path runs through Red Hook. The Greenway starts in Greenpoint, down through the Brooklyn Bridge Park and ends in Sunset Park. Farther south you can pick up the bike path to Coney Island under the Verrazano Bridge.
Red Hook is a vibrant, ever-changing neighborhood that has the quiet, small town quality of fishing village. We are surrounded on three sides by water which give the area a unique and beautiful light.
This area is populated with many artists and craftspeople, with several art galleries. There are many top notch restaurants that are some of the best in Brooklyn. Red Hook has become a foodie paradise! There are also some great, funky bars including Bait and Tackle, and the legendary Sunny's, not to be missed.
Fairway Market, eight blocks away, is one of the best supermarkets in the City, with local and rare products, excellent produce, and even dry aged meat, as well as a cafe with stupendous views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
There are several piers which are excellent for sunset viewing or watching weekly movies on an outdoor screen.
We are primarily a neighborhood with an industrial and maritime past, and there are many old buildings and warehouses that date to the Civil War, making it a fun and educational place to explore on foot.
The neighborhood is very safe, even late at night. Because it is lightly populated, the streets can sometimes seems empty, but that's part of what draws people here - the quiet character. In over 10 years here we have never had any sort of problem, nor have our neighbors, and there are many kids in the neighborhood.
During the Revolutionary War, the 'Battle of Brooklyn' was fought at Fort Defiance on the waterfront, and later Al Capone was born here and roamed the streets before moving to Chicago to start his infamous career.
Backyard garden and tree house, cable TV and wireless internet. The local laundromat is one block away, although we can do a small load for you in moderation.
*An assortment of coffees and teas
Interaction with Guests
Pete, Sharon, and Gus live upstairs and are always available to answer questions, and provide recommendations for places and restaurants to visit in hip, artistic Red Hook, or give transportation options.
If we're around (Pete typically works from home), we'd be more than happy to drive you to the subway.