Red Hook [Re]inhabited
Red Hook is an isolated neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York that’s separated by Gowanus Canal and has only remote access to mass transit. This plan reconnects the community to transit with two primary bike routes based on newly defined street typologies that empower bicyclists and pedestrians and integrate them into the Red Hook neighborhood. An East-West loop connects an existing transit station with a new bike loft at the heart of Red Hook. A north-south loop joins the Brooklyn Greenway with Van Brunt Street, residences, and neighborhood parks. The loops together leave no location in Red Hook further than 3 blocks from a primary biking corridor. The Bike loft is a community hub designed to evoke the maritime and industrial past of Red Hook while meeting the daily needs of contemporary bike riders. It’s a new community icon visible from several locations throughout Brooklyn. The eco-bikescape combines bicycle infrastructure with ecologically progressive street sections. The infrastructure manages rainwater runoff, reduces urban heat island effect, and promotes urban habitat. Through implementation, Red Hook becomes the most bicycle friendly neighborhood in New York.