Get a feel for the place
Every city has one of these neighborhoods, where old warehouses give way to creative new concepts. Red Hook is Brooklyn’s version, and one of the best parts of the lack of public transportation is that you absorb its character and see how it all fits together as you enter and walk through (as opposed to coming up in the middle of it via an underground subway). Take in the mix of old and new as the area goes through the beginning of its gentrification process after being completely punched in the face by Hurricane Sandy.
Pull up a beach chair
We spent the afternoon hanging out at a restaurant bar called Brooklyn Crab. Seafood is obviously on its menu, but it’s really the beached-themed, beer-garden neighborhood vibe that makes it worth a stop. It’s family friendly atmosphere (complete with a sand box and mini golf) attracts a wide range of locals looking to pass an afternoon with their feet up and a beer in hand. You should do the same, whether it’s up on the rooftop patio, at the sidewalk bar, or in the back at one of the picnic tables, and bring a pair of sunglasses to discretely take in the local flavor.
Follow the signs to try pie on a stick
When you’re walking through Red Hook, you might see some strange signs on the telephone poles, one reading “Don’t Pass By” and another “Awaits You Ahead.” Turns out they aren’t totally random, they just lead to a random place at the end of Van Dyke Street – a key lime pie shop. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies features a unique treat called a “swingle,” which is a small, dark chocolate dipped key lime pie on a stick ($6). We know. Sounds even crazier than a cronut.
Get a new view of the Statue of Liberty
Just behind Steve’s Key Lime Pie is Louis Valentino Jr Park, right on the waterfront and a good place to enjoy a pie or swingle. The park provides an lesser seen view of the Statue of Liberty from the south east, and you should time your visit with the sunset for the full effect.