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Lusting for a quiet stroll in the last of ruggedly charming Brooklyn neighborhoods? Red Hook is the place for you. With its prime waterfront real estate, Red Hook seems more like a fishing village outside the busy city. But don’t mistake its uncrowded streets for a sleepy ghost town; there are endless streets of little boutiques and cozy cafes to explore.

“Red Hook almost feels like you’ve left New York and entered an alternate universe. I love the quaint streets and low buildings; you can actually see the sky and appreciate how close we are to nature. I like to make a day of it, playing corn hole at Brooklyn Crab and finish with a pitstop at IKEA for meatballs.” – Heartleigh Little, Editorial Director

Keep reading for Red Hook’s best kept secrets. 

Our go-to for a warm meal and cold cocktail is Fort Defiance. It’s decked out with a mix of vintage americana (think floral vinyl tablecloths) and nautical memorabilia and feels a lot like you’re in an episode of Gilligan’s Island. A short drive south towards the water is Hometown, which undisputedly serves up some of the best bar-b-cue in the state. Ditch the crowds and aim for an early dinner to enjoy their offerings, without the hour-long wait.

Shop the Look


CATBIRD

Dew Drop 14-karat Rose Gold, Pearl And Diamond Choker

$410



MAGDA BUTRYM

Vannes Off-the-shoulder Ruffle-trimmed Linen And Silk-blend Top - Black

$705



SOPHIE BILLE BRAHE

Babylon 14-karat gold pearl earring

$490



PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI

Jessica Ruched Floral-print Stretch-crepe Midi Skirt - Black

$455



ISABEL MARANT

Gold-tone Necklace

$170



GIANVITO ROSSI

85 Stretch-shell Sock Boots - Black

$945

For one-of-a-kind antique jewelry and mid-century homewares, there is no place quite like Erie Basin. The little corner shop has a shy appearance on the outside, but is full of glittering rarities behind closed doors. Pick up some unique gems then take a quick walk over to Red Hook Labs, an arts education and exhibition space hosting shows for indie artists and fashion insiders.

Shop the Look


MANSUR GAVRIEL

Belted Silk Crepe De Chine Shirt Dress - Lilac

$795



SAINT LAURENT

Court Classic Leather And Distressed Cotton-canvas Sneakers - Off-white

$595



SIMON MILLER

Bonsai 30 Nubuck Bucket Bag - Tan

$850



J.W. ANDERSON

Sphere Gold-tone Earrings

$440



GOLDSIGN

The Morton Denim Jacket - Mid denim

$525



EYEVAN

7285 - Cat-eye Acetate Sunglasses - Yellow

$540


Book yourself a night at the nearby Gowanus Inn & Yard, a boutique hotel housed in an old factory. The rooms are spacious yet super cozy and just a few minutes walk from the waterfront. It will be your escape from the busy city bustle, but also with the best views of the skyline.

Shop the Look


JACQUEMUS

La Chemise Belem Ruched Cotton And Linen-blend Shirt - Beige

$525



DANSE LENTE

Spei Leather Shoulder Bag - Black

$385



GRLFRND

Kiara Distressed High-rise Straight-leg Jeans - Mid denim

$250



J.W. ANDERSON

Gold-tone Earrings

$405



ATTICO

Cara Moire Mules - Black

$495



I+I

II - Crescent Moon 18-karat Gold Diamond Choker

$450


 

Don’t stop here! Read and shop the rest of our Brooklyn city guide with Greenpoint and Clinton Hill.

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