This is Part 1 of a two-part series.

A few weekends ago, the DH and I decided to break out the “big” cameras and go for an old fashioned photo crawl. We haven’t been on one of those in ages.

Red Hook is crazy scenic – lots of texture, grit and graffiti to shoot; and lots of art and a strongly independent vibe to soak up. This neighborhood has been (and continues to be) a lot of things – the very least of which is home to IKEA. Red Hook might be a pain in the ass to get to via the subway, but it’s bustling full of great food, indy shops, artisans doing what they do best, and green spaces. Definitely worth checking out, at the very least.

The pictures in this post were all taken while walking around the streets of Red Hook – the second post is more destination-based.

Layers and layers of paint

Layers and layers of paint

I love the red popping off the blue of the sky and the blue of the building

I love the red popping off the blue of the sky and the blue of the building

Near some Coastie stuff

Near some Coastie stuff

Interesting composition

Interesting composition

True

True

I've got a golllllllden tiiicket

I’ve got a golllllllden tiiicket

Brains

Brains

I have no idea

I have no idea

Pretty for the sake of bringing art

Pretty for the sake of bringing art

I have this thing about doors ...

I have this thing about doors …

They're just so interesting

They’re just so interesting

This is actually paper pasted onto the wall

This is actually paper pasted onto the wall

So blue!

So blue!

Moar doors

Moar doors

This was one of no fewer than 7 old artsy cars we saw in the neighborhood

This was one of no fewer than 7 old artsy cars we saw in the neighborhood – taken by the DH