The warehouses were built around the time of the Civil War. Red Hook was a hugely important cargo port at that time. ... Kenneth Jackson and John Manbeck’s book “The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn ... When the jobs dried up, much of the area cleared out, leaving a slew of vacant warehouses and decaying docks. In the year 2000, most of Red Hook’s 10,000 residents lived in the Red Hook Houses, one of the city’s first public housing projects. The development was a notorious hotbed for crack cocaine in the 80s and early 90s, but conditions ... The vibe. Once a bustling shipping port in the 19th century, Red Hook still shows its industrial history in the form of old warehouses and cobblestone streets that line the waterfront, but today there are modern residences and new businesses popping up all over the place.

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