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Old 07-08-2011, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Sydney
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After watching Andrew Zimmern and Tony Bourdain visit a few bars and various 'street vendors' on an episode of Bizarre Food, the area of Red Hook seemd to me the perfect New York neighborhood, lively, close to Manhattan, diverse, different, great views etc. I guess it seemed a largely undiscovered yet fun place to visit and even to live.

Yet this forum paints a totally different picture of the area.

What is the real deal with Red Hook? Should I check it out for myself?
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Ridgewood, NY
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Has two parts as is the case with most gentrified neighborhoods... Bushwick has its relatively small area from Dekalb to Jefferson which is still roughly 60% hispanic 15 % white but the rest are the transplants... Williamsburg has Northside, but southside for the most part remains largely ungentrified... LES aves A and B have gentrified a large amount but C and D remain largely untouched... Same situation for Red Hook, area by the IKEA have improved substantially but a large amount still retains that same gritty feel as in any Brooklyn hood though it has improved overall alot in recent years...
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Bronx NY
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After watching Andrew Zimmern and Tony Bourdain visit a few bars and various 'street vendors' on an episode of Bizarre Food, the area of Red Hook seemd to me the perfect New York neighborhood, lively, close to Manhattan, diverse, different, great views etc. I guess it seemed a largely undiscovered yet fun place to visit and even to live.

Yet this forum paints a totally different picture of the area.

What is the real deal with Red Hook? Should I check it out for myself?
Its not undiscovered. Transplants are boosters are everywhere.
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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What is the real deal with Red Hook? Should I check it out for myself?
Ah, so you've noticed that people don't hesitate to express their opinions...and those opinions aren't often unanimous. The answer to your question is a resounding "YES!" (Rule of thumb: never let other people tell you whether or not to visit a particular neighborhood, since everything they think about it is entirely subjective).
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I have discovered Red Hook 2 summers ago on my bike. It is the most fun place to ride, so much to discover. Old cobblestoned streets. Uniques places here and there. Ikea plaza has piers out into the water. Valentino pier, they go kayaking. We saw the Queen mary 2 and the 2 other ships last winter with the firework display at Miss Liberty.
Red Hook ball fields all the food vendors are there every weekend. Red Hook also has an olympic size pool. it is a great area!! Love it.....The only drawback is there are NO subway's there.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I think Red Hook is yet another overlooked, somewhat affordable neighborhood. As Nightcrawler mentioned, there is no easy subway access. However, I'd just get a beater bike and take it to the subway everyday. Problem solved.

Honestly, I'd love to be close to IKEA--you could just carry your stuff home. I hate arranging for delivery or renting a car to go there.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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Trying to find an honest opinion about any neighborhood on this forum is like finding a needle in a haystack. Go look for yourself. I think it's a great neighborhood with a very unique feel. I would move there in a second if the subway access was better.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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Trying to find an honest opinion about any neighborhood on this forum is like finding a needle in a haystack. Golook for yourself. I think it's a great neighborhood with a very unique feel. I would move there in a second if the subway access was better.

LOL, that is because everyone has a different idea of what is a good, nice, ok, bad, horrible neighborhood.

We all have very different standards of living.....Like I wouldnt touch Bushwick with a 100 foot pole.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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LOL, that is because everyone has a different idea of what is a good, nice, ok, bad, horrible neighborhood.

We all have very different standards of living.....Like I wouldnt touch Bushwick with a 100 foot pole.
You're 100% right. That's why the only useful advice you can give someone is to go see for themselves. New York is such a diverse, interesting and mesmerizing city. Why spend your time on an internet forum with total strangers who's opinions you can only take with a huge huge grain of salt if you can explore for yourself and have a great and inspiring time?

That's all I'm saying.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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On one hand, it may be nice if the streetcar ever comes back to the area. On the other, I can easily see what will become of the neighborhood if it does. And it would most likely be annoying, pretentious, and just a sad sight to see.
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