Red Hook

Red Hook eye candy, seen in winter

January 21, 2015 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Historic buildings like this one make a walk around Red Hook worthwhile, whether or not the weather is freezing. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

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A test of true love, when it comes to a neighborhood, is whether one would stroll its streets simply to admire the buildings when the weather is best suited to polar bears.

We can assure you: We stand ready to walk around Red Hook no matter how repulsively low the temperature is.

Of course, it does help to have welcoming eateries to duck into when our nose goes numb from exposure to the frosty air.

Hope & Anchor on Van Brunt Street serves tasty chicken pot pie that warms the chilliest soul. At Hometown BBQ, also on Van Brunt Street, the brisket sandwich is perfect.

When we went walking the other day, the neighborhood’s church buildings looked especially beautiful. The statue of the Virgin Mary outside the Richards Street side of Visitation Church seemed ever so serene. The yellow-painted pillars on the Red Hook Pentecostal Holiness Church on Wolcott Street glowed in contrast to the blue, blue sky.

Also on Wolcott Street, a favorite industrial building of ours, with the name “Le Comte & Co., Inc.” painted on the side of it, was worth the trek.

Over on Coffey Street, a cluster of historic rowhouses brought the Brooklyn of yesteryear to mind.

On Van Brunt Street, the setting sun made the painted shutters gleam on the iconic Beard and Robinson Stores building. The sun over the water was a ball of fire, just like on a hot summer day, which was a comforting illusion.

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