4. Red Hook offers the only frontal views of the Statue of Liberty in NYC

Valentino Park
Louis Valentino, Jr. Pier

From various points in Red Hook, visitors have access to the only front-facing views of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The statue was oriented to face France, which gave the U.S. the statue. Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier, named after a neighborhood firefighter and lifeguard, gives visitors the chance to view the famed sculpture straight on.

The Pier 44 Waterfront Garden is another spot that offers frontal views of the Statue of Liberty. The park is home to The Waterfront Museum and is located near legendary spot Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. The IKEA ferry, which takes shoppers from Manhattan to the Red Hook flagship store and back, also offers clear views.