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Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York

Field Trip Day: Red Hook, Brooklyn

Join Field Trip in Red Hook for an afternoon exploration of the city's secrets

Take a Field Trip with us and discover the tucked away neighborhood of Red Hook, where Washington fled the British and Al Capone got his start in hard crime. Follow the footsteps of Eleanor Roosevelt, float along on the last wooden railway barge, sample locally made wine, and discover what's under Ikea's vast parking lot.

With a history dating back to the country's earliest years, Red Hook's shipbuilding yards and ports were the site of revolutionary fortresses, controversial housing projects, and an enviable view of Lady Liberty. “The Point” inspired Lovecraft, Arthur Miller and Harlan Ellison alike, and has been home to bootleggers and iron workers, shipbuilders and gangsters with pet lions. Once named one of the “worst neighborhoods in the United States”, Red Hook has proven its new found resilience and integrity through community efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy's devastation.

Field Trip Day is an afternoon of local discovery, challenges, one-day-only opportunities, and hidden surprises. Armed with the Field Trip app and your wits, an afternoon's adventure will reveal the city's secrets - from the longest underwater road in the US to artisan chocolate, whiskey, and homemade key limepie


Saturday, August 24th, 2013
3pm-5:30pm, followed by after party

FREE! All ages welcome to come exploring (21+ for cocktails, obviously)

Wear comfortable shoes for exploring, pack water, your camera, and a smartphone armed with the Field Trip App. Download it here: Field Trip

Meet at 3pm at Louis Valentino Jr. Park where you will get awelcome package and a map to help you explore the neighborhood. To get to the park, we suggest you take the ferry or the subway to the bus. If coming from Brooklyn you can take the G to Smith St and catch the B61. Alternatively (and we suggest it because it's nice!) you can take the East River Ferry or subway to the Wall St. Pier 11 stop and then take the Ikea Ferry to the Fairway/Van Brunt stop in Red Hook.

After a day of exploring, join us at Brooklyn Crab for food, drinks and mini-golf - first round's on us!

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