RED HOOK — A new tourist kiosk will welcome visitors to the Red Hook waterfront, featuring maps and a guide to neighborhood businesses.
The kiosk is located near the water taxi stop behind the Fairway Market so visitors entering Red Hook can navigate the neighborhood, said Andrea Devening, planning and revitalization manager of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, a group serving businesses in Sunset Park, Red Hook and Gowanus that helped create the kiosk.
The three-sided booth, which was unveiled last week, has two maps and a list of restaurants and businesses around Red Hook, particularly on Van Brunt Street, said Devening.
“It’s the businesses and sites you can see as a visitor,” she said.
SBIDC has been working on a "commercial revitalization" project to increase foot traffic in Red Hook. In July, they released updated guides and maps for the area.
The O’Connell Organization, a real estate development company that owns several waterfront properties in Red Hook, approached SBIDC in May with the idea for a kiosk, which was designed and constructed by Pickett Furniture.
"Hopefully, this will help disembarking potential customers find and patronize #redhook small businesses and recreational areas," the O’Connell Organization wrote in a Facebook post.