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Live from Red Hook: Roode Hoek Through the Years

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[The industrial revolution comes to Red Hook! c. 1982 1870]

To look forward, one must first look back. Right? Per our good friends at Wikipedia, the village of Red Hook was settled by the Dutch colonists of New Amsterdam in 1636, and named Roode Hoek. In Dutch "Hoek" means "point" or "corner" and not the English hook (i.e. not something curved or bent). Today, the area is home to about 11,000 people. Rather than continuing with this blatant cut/pasting from Wikipedia, let's take a look at the evolution of a little place called Roode Hoek from them to now, by way of a series of maps and such we've unearthed.

Our story begins in 1766. In case you're wondering why the basements in Red Hook flood when it rains.

Here's a tasty little number from back when ships had masts. Let's date it to, oh, 1852. Via the collection of Maggie Land Blanck.

Red Hook in 1907, in a map that, like all maps of Red Hook, reminds us that map-makers really need to learn what the hell Governors Island actually looks like before mapping it.

This undated map appears to be from the personal collection of Robert Moses, where an errant red line permanently cut Red Hook off from all forms of city transportation.

This midcentury aerial shot of Red Hook and the Columbia Street waterfront is also evidently from the Moses era as evidenced by the wide swath of shit that's just been demolished. It's also notable for the fact that 160 Imlay, at left, appears to be something other than a gaping, billowing eyesore. Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library.

Ye Olde Red Hook, via Google Maps, circa yesterday.

Here we have some sort of crazy vision for the future of Red Hook sans Ikea, courtesy of the Manhattan Institute. Unfortunately for the utopians, Ikea won.

This schematic, created sometime in the past five years, serves to remind us that Ikea's going to bring a lot of traffic to Red Hook. Gonna be a fun time.

Another planning map of some sort. NB, current uses include, drag racing. Always a party in Red Hook.

And, finally, the mothership. Repent! No, seriously.

· Red Hook [Wikipedia]