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Hey photographers! Are you looking for new neighborhoods to photograph in the New Year? While Manhattan boasts many incredible scenes, it’s nice to escape the congestion and venture out to areas less traveled. Red Hook is a quiet, eclectic, Brooklyn neighborhood with countless views to capture and activities to enjoy. Bring a friend, spouse, or travel alone to this charming place and discover what magic you can produce with your camera!

Louis Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier– This quaint waterfront park is comprised of rocky shores and a small beach, but more importantly, it offers some of the best views of the Statue of Liberty. Keep this place in mind for the springtime as well, where the lush, green grass is perfect for lounging and reading on a peaceful morning and taking some leisurely photos.

The Liberty Warehouse– This pre-Civil War building is located in Red Hook’s historic shipping yards and now acts as a charming event space, and it also offers stellar views of New York Harbor.

Baked and Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies – These two highly esteemed bakeries won’t disappoint! You can work on your food photography and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time! What could be better?

Fairway market– Offering another great view of Lady Liberty, this grocery store (bear with me here!) provides an industrial feel for cool, rugged backdrop. There’s also great food in the cafe, with an outdoor seating area that is enclosed during the cold winter months.

Red Hook Grain Terminal– This abandoned grain elevator is a cool and unique structure to point your lens towards. This place has been vacant for about 25 years and sports a ghostly silhouette that can create some pretty haunting photographs.

Look North Inuit Art Gallery and Pioneer Works– There are many galleries in Red Hook featuring unique and inspiring art displays, including The Look North Inuit Art Gallery, which showcases photographs, paintings, and sculptures by Inuit communities. Pioneer Works is a multicultural institution that holds musical performances and exhibits each month.

Van Brunt Street– Countless shops and restaurants line this lively strip, and you can check out timeless pieces and antique finds at places like Erie Basin for some classic, vintage shots.

Happy shooting!

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