Field Trip Friday: Red Hook

A few months ago, OHNY staffer Hae-In spent her Sunday morning exploring the Red Hook waterfront. Walking down Van Brunt there are various shops and restaurants, but there is also a sense of quiet and calm, as Red Hook is not as easily accessible by train compared to other neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Red Hook is named for the red clay soil and the point of land projecting into the East River and was originally named Roode Hoek (‘hoek’ means point or corner in Dutch).

Streetcars by Fairway

Down by the waterfront area and Fairway grocery store, there are old streetcars on display, courtesy of the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association (BHRA). Along with running the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours, the BHRA is also dedicated to returning trolleys to the streets of Brooklyn. These streetcars are actually originally from the Boston Green Line; but the ironwork, paint color and type fonts were restored to reflect the way Brooklyn streetcars looked in the 1950’s. They have been sitting outside of Fairway since May of 2007.

Inside a trolley

Bob Diamond of the BHRA has been lobbying for the project since 1989 and with the development of the Red Hook waterfront and neighborhood, the trolley project has picked up interest again. We’ll see how it goes — it would certainly be fun to have a trolley line servicing areas of Brooklyn, especially those that are harder to reach.

Streetcar exterior

A day spent exploring Red Hook isn’t complete without a taco (and horchata) from the vendors at the Red Hook ballfields. They can also be found at Brooklyn Flea on weekends!

Red Hook ballfield vendors

Fairway & Red Hook waterfront
480 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY
Get subway directions via HopStop

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2 Responses to “Field Trip Friday: Red Hook”


  1. 1 Triborough 13 August 2010 at 11:03 am

    Those are not “train cars” they are streetcars, also known as trolleys.

  2. 2 ohny 13 August 2010 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for the correction!


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