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Red Hook is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that provides the only full frontal view of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.
In the 1980's Life Magazine dubbed the neighborhood, "The worst neighborhood in the USA" because of its isolation, rampant shootings, and out of control crack problem.
The neighborhood has come a long since those days. The 90's brought in the first wave of artist settlers who paved the way for more recent gentrifiers who set up boutique shops and cafes. This factor, along with the massive amounts of vacant industrial space, made the area more attractive to big business's like Ikea and Fairway.
Always touted as the "next new neighborhood", but never quite living up to the claim, Red Hook remains an eclectic enclave of industrial workers, artists and housing projects - all mixed in a neighborhood with a sort of old-school dockworker's village vibe. Red Hook's main retail drag, Van Brunt Street, is a long walk from the nearest subway, which contributes to the neighborhood's isolated feel that serves as both its greatest blessing and its biggest curse.