Connecting Red Hook
Lobster, BBQ, key lime pie… There are many reasons why New Yorkers love going to Red Hook (not all of them food-related). The Brooklyn neighborhood, once better known for its busy shipping centers and industrial landscape, has become a destination for food, drink, art, and shopping, drawing visitors from near and far.
Over the years, Red Hook has grown and changed but its access to public transportation has remained limited. The closest subway for many of Red Hook’s 11,000 residents is over a mile away. As an increasing number of small businesses set up shop in the neighborhood, it’s important that more customers, not just from Red Hook itself, are easily able to get there.
Accessible transportation options are essential for growing local economies in the outer boroughs
In 2015 alone, riders have taken over 20,000 trips to Red Hook originating all across the city—from the Upper West Side to Astoria to Brighton Beach.
Of those traveling to or from Red Hook, 1 in 3 will be dropped off or picked up at a small business.
Hometown Bar-B-Que, known for having some of the best Texas-style BBQ in NYC, opened its doors in Red Hook in September 2013. Aside from Uber, transportation options to and from the restaurant are limited. If someone in Williamsburg got a craving for the best brisket in town, he or she would have to jump on the G train, and then walk another 1.3 miles or wait for the B61 bus to take them to Hometown. While the food is worth the effort, many New Yorkers are finding Uber to be an easier option.
An average of 4,300 Uber trips end in Red Hook every month, and that number continues to increase
“An incredible amount of people use Uber to get to Hometown. From April through September, we’re 100% a destination restaurant. Every weekend, thousands of people people are coming to either Hometown or Brooklyn Crab next door, and most of them are using Uber to get here. From 1pm to 1am on Saturdays you’ll see hundreds of Uber cars on our block picking up and dropping off customers.”
–Billy Durney, Owner & Pitmaster at Hometown
In a neighborhood known for its rich sense of community, ensuring that there is a flourishing local economy is a priority for all its residents. We’re proud to help support Red Hook’s small businesses by offering a reliable transportation option to the front doors of restaurants, bars, shops, and bakeries.
Hop in an Uber and head to Red Hook. There are many treasures to uncover. Here are some of our favorites:
*Trip origins and destinations have been randomly jittered to preserve rider privacy. Likewise, trip routes have been replaced with routes generated using the Open Source Routing Machine.
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