Six Ways to Get to Red Hook


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We’re stoked for The Total Red Hook Immersion on Saturday–which is forecasted to be 75 and sunny (woot!). We do know that in any weather, Red Hook can seem challenging to get to, but actually that’s all about perception. There are so many options to choose from! Take a look below, and use this map to help guide you to the Brooklyn Ice House or Rocky Sullivan’s starting at noon, where we’ll be handing out Immersion cards.

By water: If you’re coming from Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, or even Manhattan, you can travel entirely by boat. The free IKEA water taxi on the weekends picks up at Wall St./Pier 11 in Manhattan and drops off at IKEA, just a few blocks from your Immersion card at Rocky Sullivan’s. Either take the IKEA Ferry directly–which leaves Pier 11 every 40 minutes starting at 11am–or take the East River Ferry (click here for its weekend schedule) to Pier 11

By train and foot: The Smith-9th stop on the G and F trains is closed for renovations, and there are no G trains between Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Church Ave. this weekend, so you’ll need to take the F to Carroll Street. It’s a 20-minute walk from here to the closest Immersion card pick-up spot–Brooklyn Ice House–and an interesting one at that. Walk up 1st Place, which will become Summit Street, where there’s a little pedestrian bridge that will take you over the BQE from Carroll Gardens to Red Hook/Columbia Street. If you try to walk down Smith or Court and then turn west toward Red Hook you’ll get hung up in the mess that is the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the BQE and the Gowanus Expressway all coming together. Thanks, Robert Moses.

By car service: We’ve has luck with Court Express (718-237-8888; and Arecibo (718-783-6465)  when in Red Hook, which both charge $8-$9 for the ride from the Carroll Street stop to Brooklyn Ice House at 318 Van Brunt St. Also, cars tend to be queued at IKEA on the weekends.

By bus: Don’t despair, G train rider! You can easily take the G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn and then walk a few blocks to Smith and Livingston and pick up the B61, which will let you off practically in front of Brooklyn Ice House. That 61 stop is also close to the 2, 3, 4, and 5 at Borough Hall and the A, C, F, and R trains at Jay Street-Metrotech.

By Ikea bus: Say you finish your beers and brunch you decide you want to check out some affordable Scandinavian design, or have a fight with your significant other, or stock up on Swedish meatballs. Or you simply want a free ride from Borough Hall or the 4th Ave/9th St. station in Park Slope. Take the Ikea shuttle bus! Complimentary shuttles make loops to the 4th & 9th and Borough Hall subway stations every 20 minutes on Saturdays 11am to 9pm. And IKEA is just two blocks from Rocky Sullivan’s, the other card pick-up spot.

By bike: This route may not make sense for everyone, but if you get to Dumbo, or Brooklyn Bridge Park, either on the East River Ferry or by pedaling there, you can follow the Brooklyn Bridge Bike Path along the waterfront down to where it meets Atlantic, go one block and then turn down Columbia Street, turn right on Degraw, which will turn into Van Brunt, the gateway to your day of fun.

7 Responses

  1. tom -

    You could have your body dumped there.  Red Hook was always good for that.

  2. Anonymous -

    alternatively, you could stay the fuck out and go do this shit in williamsburg. we’re doing just fine without you.

  3. SamSam -

    not all of us in Red Hook are meth heads so ignore the ignorant fucks who don’t want to see this place grow…hope everyone can make it to Red Hook Immersion this weekend. see you at Brooklyn Ice House!

    • Anonymous -

      the ignorant people, or the people that don’t want their nice quiet neighborhood overrun with trust fund hipsters making my rent go up 3x what it is now? 

      get real.

      • SamSam -

        i love renegade living in Red Hook more than anyone but don’t want to
        see things devolve even further. all of our residents deserve more. I’m not sure where your little “nice quiet neighborhood” is, exactly, but i’d rather have public transportation and  buses so folks have a safe way to get to work and back, streets not entirely choked up with litter because we can’t get funding for trash cans or regular trash pick-ups, stop signs where we desperately need them in front of schools to protect our littlest ones, more street lights so we don’t loose another resident to a hit and run on Van Brunt street and food that isn’t being sold past its expiration date because there aren’t  enough people down here to move product off shelves. so, yeah, bring people down here already. indie shop owners might be able to keep their small businesses afloat and support their families so we might have some say in who shapes our town instead of turning it into “Disneyland”, as another blogger wrote.
        that’s my real.

  4. garliclover -

    After the ped bridge I would suggest making the trip over to Van Brunt via Luquer St. This way you can get (you should def split)  a DeFonte’s sandwich to soak up all of the booze you will consume while immersing yourself at your first stop (Ice House garden rocks!). 

    Home/Made is back in business too, show your support for the ladies by stopping by for brunch after you are almost fully immersed. Slow food done right. A great day for garden relaxation while sipping a Brooklyn Local 1. Be nice to your waitress. 

    The great outdoors in Red Hook are where its at. Haters need not attend. 

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