Stories behind Brooklyn names: Red Hook, Bay Ridge

 Red Hook got its name from the Dutch settlers in the 1600s because of the color of clay found there.

Red Hook got its name from the Dutch settlers in the 1600s because of the color of clay found there. (5/31/13)

BROOKLYN - There are 76 unique neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and News 12 is uncovering the stories behind how many of them got their names.

With research and help from writer Gregory Quinn, many may be surprised to find out that Red Hook got its name from the Dutch settlers in the 1600s because of the color of clay found there. In Dutch, "hoek" means "point" or "corner."

Red Hook isn't the only "hook" in the neighborhood. About five miles south, Bay Ridge used to be called "Yellow Hook." It was called Yellow Hook because of the yellow clay found there. However, after a yellow fever outbreak during the 1800s, the name was changed to Bay Ridge.

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