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Red HookOriginally a busy port, Red Hook is now experiencing a revitalization with appealing restaurants and shops. In the past year the Carnival’s Queen Mary 2 docked, with great fanfare, at the new Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal; Fairway Market on the neighborhood’s main drag, Van Brunt Street, is a huge success; meanwhile, the Ikea site, also on the waterfront, awaits transformation. The neighborbood’s restaurants are drawing foodies from all boroughs even though public transportation is difficult. Red Hook is the only part of New York City that, on land, has a full frontal view of the Statue of Liberty, which was oriented to face Prospect Park.

In The NewsCity Living: Columbia St. Waterfront.  The Boundaries: Runs from Atlantic Avenue in the north to East River in the south and west and the BQE in the east.  The Commute: The area is served by the F and G subway lines at Smith and 9th Streets. The B61 bus, formerly a trolley line, runs as a 24-hour service from Erie Basin Red Hook through Downtown Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg and Greenpoint, terminating at Long Island City, Queens. The B77 bus connects with the F train at the Smith/9th Streets station. Click on the “Directions” link in the menu on the left for exact walking/subway directions and commuting time.