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.


The blue lines represent Uber trips ending in Red Hook. The dotted black line borders Red Hook.*

Of those traveling to or from Red Hook, 1 in 3 will be dropped off or picked up at a small business.

uber_small-business_1-in-3_blog-email_600x250_r1Hometown 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:

Brooklyn Crab


Enjoy waterfront views on the rooftop or play games in the backward—the Brooklyn Crab has everything you need for a great Saturday or Sunday afternoon in the sun.

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie


Key lime pie fan? If so, hitting up Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie is a MUST.

Hometown Bar-B-Que


Billy Durney from Hometown Bar-B-Que was named 2015’s Brisket King. Stop by the restaurant and and do your own taste testing.

Bait & Tackle


If your looking to hang with the locals and get the real pulse of Red Hook, then the Bait & Tackle Shop (a bar, not a tackle shop) is your ticket.



Baked is known for making some of the best browines you can find in NYC. Stop in and get yourself some treats.



Sunny’s Bar is the perfect go-to watering hole if you find yourself thirsty in Red Hook on any night of the week—especially if you like live music.

Pioneer Works


This massive gallery space is known for hosting eclectic exhibitions and events. Be sure to take a peek at their website to see what’s coming up next.

*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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