Immigrants played a strong role in the development of Sunset Park. The area was originally settled by the Dutch and remained farmland until the grid was established in the 1830s. Up until the 1980s, Sunset Park was home to a large Scandinavian community. Today it is known for its vibrant Hispanic and Asian communities.
Red Hook is home to the largest concentration of Civil War-era warehouses in the city. One of the neighborhood’s main attractions is the The Waterfront Barge Museum. Anchored at Red Hook’s Pier 44 the museum is housed in the Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79 and is the only surviving example of a wooden-covered cargo barge.
Gowanus is home to one of Kings County’s oldest bridges, the elegant Carroll Street bridge. It first opened in 1889 and uses a retractile method to allow boats on the Gowanus canal to pass.
–Joseph Berger, New York Times, 5/13/2013