Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spotlight on a Brooklyn Neighborhood: Red Hook

August 18, 2011 by  
Filed under New York Neighborhoods

Settled by Dutch colonists in 1636, Brooklyn's Red Hook was originally named "Roode Hoek." "Hoek" means point and the "Roode" refers to the site's red clay soil. Even today, some of Red Hook's 11,000 residents still refer to their neighborhood as "the point." Red Hook's location in South Brooklyn gives it a direct view of [...]

Ellis Island: Where The American Story Begins

February 3, 2011 by  
Filed under New York Attractions

New York has long been regarded as the first stop for the waves of immigrants that poured into America from Europe over the last few centuries. From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was the busiest Federal immigration station in the entire country, processing over twelve million individuals before it closed. In 1965, Ellis Island was [...]