What to Do In Red Hook: Running, Eats & More
By Marnie Kunz
One of my NYC lives was spent in Red Hook, the laid back seaside community that is unexpected in a busy place like Brooklyn. Due to its lack of subway access, Red Hook is a unique Brooklyn neighborhood that is great for running, waterfront views, food, and exploring. If you’re wondering what to do in Red Hook, or where to run in Red Hook, this blog’s for you. Check out our Red Hook travel video below as well.
Although some people know Red Hook as the only place to find an IKEA in NYC, the neighborhood has so much more to offer. From waterfront views of the Statue of Liberty to fresh seafood from Red Hook Lobster Pound, you’ll have plenty to do on your running adventure in Red Hook.
Red Hook was a prosperous shipping and port area in the early 20th century, which you can see in the seaside community’s brick streets and architecture, ports, warehouses and ferries. The area also was a major player in Brooklyn’s booming sugar industry, when New York City was the capital of sugar production in the world. The massive Fairway in Red Hook is housed in the historic structure of what was formerly the Revere Sugar Refinery, which dominated the Red Hook waterfront for nearly 100 years.
Today Red Hook is a mix of longtime locals and the common Brooklyn phenomenon of hipsters and young people seeking cheaper rents outside of Manhattan. My favorite part about Red Hook is the miles of beautiful running and biking paths where you don’t have people breathing down your neck, as well as beautiful views, architecture and large-scale street art pieces.
Red Hook Transit - Although Red Hook does not have a subway line, you can take the G train to Smith/9th Street and then run about a mile (depending on what part of Red Hook you’re going to), bike, or take the B61 bus from the subway. You can also take the B61 bus from downtown Brooklyn. Citi Bike is one of my favorite ways to get around, and the Citi Bike stations are all over the city so you can hop on the nearest one to you by using the Citi Bike app.
Red Hook Running - Red Hook offers incredible waterfront running views and paths. If you want to extend your run from scenic Dumbo, Red Hook is a perfect addition to get in some extra miles, and it is easy to follow the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway path South from Dumbo into Carrol Gardens and Red Hook. The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is a scenic bike path connecting 26 miles of Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhoods, and currently 18 of the miles are completed, with 2021 set as the final completion date. Follow the path into Red Hook, and then you can run a few blocks over to Louis Valentino Park and Pier for stunning views along the water, including the Statue of Liberty. The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is also awesome for biking, so hop on a Citi Bike or take your own bike and roll into Red Hook. Red Hook Running Track, located at Bay, Hicks & Henry streets, is a well-maintained track to run on as well, and it’s hard to find a track in NYC so enjoy!
Have you been to Red Hook? Where are your favorite places in Red Hook? Comment below.
Marnie Kunz is a RRCA-certified running coach and the creator of Runstreet Art Runs, which bring together communities through running and street art. She is a Brooklyn resident, running coach and writer. She enjoys traveling, art, and eating messily. You can follow her running and events at @Runstreet Instagram and Runstreet Facebook.
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