Hooked on Red Hook


SPENT TIME IN RED HOOK, BROOKLYN, this weekend, and forgot to take pictures of the Statue of Liberty. Instead…


…this beached boat reinvented as a planter…



…new mural art cropping up everywhere…


…families picnicking at Valentino Park…


…development development development…


…Coffey Street, unchanged since forever…


…another mural and a glimpse of why Red Hook is often called ‘gritty’…


…a sign that once had more letters…


…cloud formations, a specialty of the neighborhood.



About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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5 Responses to Hooked on Red Hook

  1. Terry says:

    Those “blocks” are a scream.

  2. Patti Hinkle says:

    Great picts. The murals are my favorite and second would be the beached boat.

  3. George Causil says:

    Love this piece on Red Hook. I’m also a big fan of the neighborhood. Check out this great article Cara:


    This is the guy who turned it all around. He’s a former NYPD detective and the largest real estate owner in Red Hook. It’s a terrific piece that I think you’ll appreciate.

    Hope you’re having a happy Memorial Day Weekend.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Your caption: “development, development, development” is incorrect. that’s actually an existing building from the 1880s. abandon for over 15 years and on the verge of collapse, it was a hot mess. then, it was purchased 2 years and lovingly restored. most locals are thrilled with the outcome. You should consider profiling it or 184 Coffey Street, the block’s other former Grey Gardens contender

  5. groggiero says:

    It reminds me a lot of the fishtown area in philly.

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