Going by the bay brings us into the hood known as Red Hook. It goes from Hamilton Ave with the BQE (I-278) to the Gowanus Bay between the Gowanus Canal and the Buttermilk Channel. This hood is mostly residential. It was first settled by the Dutch who have called it Roode Hoek after the red clay that was there. Durring the Revolutionary War, Red Hook became the site ships by Admiral Howe were shot down by Ft Defiance when trying to reach the Gowanus Hills in 1776. Durring the 1800's, Red Hook became a major center for industry. The shipping port also allowed for grain elevators to be built there to store crops that were comming from the south. The 1850's lead to an establishmeant of business by the waterfront as it became very major. By the 1900's the old way of transporting goods became obsolete and the businesses started to leave b/c they did not have the ships for them. The Great Depression took a major toll on Red Hook by making it a slum. However, it was given a connection to Manhattan with the construction of the Brooklyn-Battery Pk Tunnel. After WWII ended, the government decided to build affordable housing for low-income families. The Brooklyn-Queens Expwy seperated it from the rest of the Brooklyn. Gentrification started to pick up around the 1970's though the rest came later. In recent years, Red Hook became a stop for the Queen Elizabeth II after the Passanger Ship Terminal in Manhattan was getting to crowded. Also, Fairway made its location here. Although there is no subway stop in the area, you can take the subway to Smith-9th St (F, G) and use the B77 and B61 buses that come from the subway stop. Here is what you will find in Red Hook.