pupusas by the red hook pool
last saturday, i went to the red hook pool at bay and clinton streets. (for anyone ignorant of this landmark--this is a HUGE outdoor pool that is frequently not very crowded.) across the street are two soccer fields that on saturday and sunday are host to several soccer leagues. (the real mccoy with knee-high tube socks and shiny bright red and blue shorts. at the periphery of the soccer fields is a food bazaar which has numerous latin american countries represented. pupusas, fried plantains, yucca, tamales, empanadas, huaraches, horchata and hand-made plantain chips. what a find--i can't tell you how good it feels to paddle around, do some laps and then chow down on some of the best, and cheapest, latin american food i've had. of course if you can't devote the remainder of your afternoon to a siesta, you're better off not going at all.
re: Barb. H.
Though I haven't been to the pool mentioned in the
first post, I do know that the F train is the closest
subway. Smith & 9th St is probably best, though
Carroll St. might be as good, that is to say equally
far. The best way to get over there is on the bus.
There's one down Columbia St., and one down Court St.
re: Bob Dively
yes, red hook is not one of new york's finer neighborhoods, but the last time i walked under the gowanus overpass (albeit at 11:00am in the morning) there was a man with an easel set up making a painting of the surroundings. that's all. avenue a used to be crummy. so did soho. such is life in the big city.
a lot of Red Hook (the part south of the Gowanus
Expressway)is like the land that time forgot - a
dusty, ramshackle and somewhat charming (in parts) old
neighborhood with potholed and cobblestone streets,
old industrial warehouses, ugly housing projects
(steer clear) and a waterfront that has been partly
colonized by artists. The park where they play soccer
is on the east end of the neighborhood, nearer to
court street than to the harbor. There is a pretty
cool map on one of the NY websites showing nearby
transit links where you can focus in on the precise
http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps - look for brooklyn