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People walk along the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition warehouses in the background. (October 4, 2009)

Quirky Red Hook, Brooklyn

Red Hook has a small-town feel but big-town ambitions, from art to food to shopping, and has treasures and surprises galore in a day's visit.

People walk along the waterfront in Red Hook,
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People walk along the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition warehouses in the background. (October 4, 2009)

There are handmade signs galore along the streets
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There are handmade signs galore along the streets in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 5, 2009)

Friends from the Netherlands drop in at Steve's
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Friends from the Netherlands drop in at Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies in Red Hook, Brooklyn while others savor their desserts outside. (October 4, 2009)

A lion sits on an antique glass cabinet
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A lion sits on an antique glass cabinet holding other old treasures at the shop Erie Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 5, 2009)

People gather for brunch inside Hope & Anchor
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People gather for brunch inside Hope & Anchor in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 4, 2009)

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A woman stops in to browse at Freebird
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A woman stops in to browse at Freebird Used Books on Columbia Street near by Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 4, 2009)

Saipua in Red Hook, Brooklyn sells small antiques,
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Saipua in Red Hook, Brooklyn sells small antiques, handmade notecards and unusual flower displays. (October 4, 2009)

Saipua is a small, personalized flower shop also
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Saipua is a small, personalized flower shop also selling handmade soaps and vintage treasures is in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 5, 2009)

A woman carries a plate of pupusas, Salvadoran
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A woman carries a plate of pupusas, Salvadoran corn cakes stuffed with meat or cheese (left) and a tamale at the Red Hook Ball Fields in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 4, 2009)

The Red Hook ball fields now have tables
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The Red Hook ball fields now have tables at which to eat the array of Latin American snack food made by the many vendors there in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 5, 2009)

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Botanica, a small-plate and artisanal drinks place sits
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Botanica, a small-plate and artisanal drinks place sits on a quiet corner off Van Brunt, the main thoroughfare of Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 5, 2009)

Friends share a bottle of rose wine at
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Friends share a bottle of rose wine at Botanica in Red Hook, Brooklyn. (October 4, 2009)

Botanica in Red Hook, Brooklyn, serves cocktails made
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Botanica in Red Hook, Brooklyn, serves cocktails made with fresh fruits and small plates of appetizers such as heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella, bruchetta and fine Italian cuts. (October 4, 2009)