Red Hook by Jaime Boddorff in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Van Brunt Street- The main street in Red Hook on a snowy morning after breakfast at The Good Fork.

Van Brunt Street- The main street in Red Hook on a snowy morning after breakfast at The Good Fork.

Name:Jaime Boddorff
Occupation:

I work in a coffee roastery.

Preoccupation:

Taking photos, making art, reading, writing, making pie, baking, cooking, drinking coffee, drinking even more water, hot yoga, traveling, biking, and sleeping.

Tell us about the place you live:

Jump in a cab and ask to go to Van Brunt Street, the main street in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and I guarantee the cab driver will ask you how to get there. Red Hook is a neighborhood that many New Yorkers surprisingly don’t even know about. The neighborhood is a small waterfront neighborhood just south of DUMBO, but far enough from public transportation to create a small, seafront-town feel. It’s a neighborhood where you can find familiar faces on every street and a lot of creativity. The neighborhood has plenty of space for artist studios and production spaces. We’ve got Sixpoint Brewery, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Saxelby Cheesemongers, Widow Jane Distillery, Cacao Prieto, Brooklyn Slate, and a slew of small restaurants, cafes, and bars like Fort Defiance, Sunny’s, The Good Fork, Homemade, Baked, and Pok Pok just to name a few. It’s the happy medium between living in a big city and a tight-knit town and even though it’s a hike to get here, it’s worth every inconvenience.

A perfect day?

On my lazy days off in Red Hook I can’t think of anything better to do than to wake up and make breakfast, drink some coffee and read for awhile while I sit around in my pajamas. Then I’ll soak up some sun while enthusiastically attempting to resuscitate my failing garden on my roof where I have a clear view of the statue of liberty and lower Manhattan, and maybe if the temperature is right I’ll stay up there for awhile. Later I’ll walk over to Fairway for some groceries, then go to a yoga class, and if I get back early enough I like to try and gather some friends for dinner or to watch a movie or maybe go out for dinner and drinks.

What is the best thing about your spot?

It’s quiet enough but it’s not dead; there’s enough going on in the neighborhood or nearby that it still feels like New York City. It’s convenient to so many amenities and fun areas/neighborhoods (for example, Fairway, Prospect Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park) but it’s not convenient enough that your average New Yorker is going to want to move to Red Hook. Because of the location, size, transportation, and general feel of the neighborhood it won’t become overcrowded and built up like Williamsburg and Bushwick.

What is the worst?

If it’s below 20º outside, wet, and windy it’s easy to hibernate because of how far a walk it is to the closest train stop.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

It’s in New York City.

Before I die I want to visit:

Iceland

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Henrick Drescher, Todd Selby, Animal Collective

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Name:Jaime Boddorff

City:Red Hook, Brooklyn (NYC)

Favorite place to eat:

No absolute favorites yet, though there are plenty of amazing food I’ve eaten here. There are just too many places I need to visit before I start picking favorites!

Favorite place to drink:

Sunny’s is the best bar I’ve found. The music can’t be beat.

Favorite shop:

I’m not sure if this is so much considered a “shop” as much as an “art destination”, but check out the Sketchbook Project in Williamsburg. It’s filled with amazing art and you can buy your own sketchbook to participate. You can also buy a ton of cool art supplies, books, sketchbooks and journals.

Local Tip:

The Ikea Ferry is a fun way to get a great view of New York and take a quick, fun trip from Red Hook to Manhattan and vice versa.

Must Do:

Check out Sunny’s, walk to the water, or bike along Brooklyn Bridge Park from Red Hook at night for a beautiful view.