Google's Field Trip app brings Red Hook to life

The second Field Trip Day celebrated the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook with food, reenactments, and a good spoonful of the bizarre.

A Revolutionary soldier was only the start of the wonders on display in Red Hook for Field Trip Day. Ty Pendlebury/CNET

Until this past weekend, I knew two main things about Red Hook: that it was a long way from Brooklyn Heights riding a bike with a flat tire and that Ikea is there. These two things were linked.

But unsuccessful shopping trips aside, there is a lot this little-known part of Brooklyn has to offer. This is why the second Field Trip Day decided to celebrate this burgeoning little neighborhood with its diverse history and even more diverse population.

From dodgy reenactments to wine tasting to street buskers, the afternoon was packed with stuff to do, and Field Trip Day highlighted the area to good effect.

Field Trip is like a hyper-localized version of the Lonely Planet apps for Android and iOS. The app gives you updates on local sights with information from dozens of different sources.

Last week, Google updated its Glass apps with a version of Field Trip and I thought it was a great opportunity to use Google Glass and Field Trip together. Unfortunately things didn't go to plan, but I came back knowing so much more about the area than I did before.

If you're in Los Angeles or Seattle on September 15, you can also participate in Field Trip Day.

Click through the photo gallery below to find out more about the history, the bars, and the produce available in Red Hook.

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