Red Hook’s revolutionary history

New street signs in Red Hook commemorate Red Hook Lane, an old Indian trail that served as the main route in and out of Red Hook to the heights of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War. 

Such an important street met a cruel fate. It existed on early maps, from Henry Street to Fulton. But by the end of the 19th century, development had reduced it to a block-long alley off Livingston Street. In 2007, Red Hook Lane suffered the ultimate blow—it was officially de-mapped! 

Also new in the Hook: The ground under a tiny triangle of land on Nelson and Columbia Streets may contain soldiers’ remains. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle covers it here.

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2 Responses to “Red Hook’s revolutionary history”

  1. What the village of Brooklyn looked like in 1816 | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] Avenue was called District Street, a distillery existed at the foot of Joralemon, and Revolutionary War-era Red Hook Lane was a boundary line separating just-incorporated Brooklyn Village from the rest of the larger town […]

  2. The last remnant of a colonial Brooklyn road | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] signs for the Red Hook Lane Heritage Trail in Red Hook mark approximately where the old road used to […]

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