Monthly Archives: February 2009

Added Value Staying Busy

hives Go to the Educated Eater to learn more about an event happening 2/28 featuring “urban pioneers”  who are “reviving agriculture in the city.”  Hint:  Everyone’s favorite community farm will be there.

First Presbyterian Church, 12th St & 5th Avenue, Manhattan

Saturday February 28, 2009 2PM-3:30PM

Bon Voyage to LeNell

While LeNell’s gets ready to RIP, it’s good to hear that LeNell is still well.
Check out the tat!


And lest you fear that you’ll cease to have reasons to make the trip to Van Brunt, check out Gothamist’s profile of what’s moving into the block.

Finally opening!

Finally opening!

CB6 Nixes Quick Fix

The Brooklyn Paper reports that CB6 is staying on top of The Toll Bros. development RE: affordable housing.

“[Toll Brothers] certainly represented the project as having affordable housing at its core — and that made people willing to accept something that is uncharacteristically larger than would otherwise be allowed,” CB6 District Manager and City Council hopeful Craig Hammerman said after the nearly unanimous Feb. 11 vote. “So if they are unable to provide that affordable housing, there is no reason they should be allowed to build something of that size and bulk.”

Well said.


Community Partners Cocktails & Conversation

purpleNext Thursday at Dance Theatre Etcetera we’ll be meeting with community partners to discuss some of the issues facing Red Hook.  From development at Piers 11 & 7 to issues facing local youth, the evening will be a chance to find out what’s going on in the neighborhood and to share your thoughts.

We’ll also have a performance by the wonderfully talented Joseph Webb & friends, and we’ll discuss some ideas for community collaborations on the upcoming (June 6) Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival.
Here are the details:

480 Van Brunt Street (just past the entrance to the Fairway supermarket, door to the right after the security guard booth- ring buzzer 3.)

RSVP: or (718) 643-6790

Price:  FREE

Look- The Hook!

Earlier this week Curbed showed some draft sketches of would-be Red Hook MegaMall, The Hook.

What do you think?  Eyesore or welcome infusion to the area?

HIV Testing @ Red Hook Initiative

From Vanessa Staton at the RHI:

Tomorrow, Saturday, February 14th, 2009 The Red Hook Initiative will be hosting a FREE HIV testing day. There will be a mobile van located at 6 Wolcott Street in front of the Senior Center. They will be testing from 10am – 3pm. The test will be painless (no needles involved) and you will receive your results in 20 minutes. Teenagers welcome.

Food, music, fabulous and friendly people. Come share some love with us on Valentine’s Day!

Fore more information, 718-858-6782.

Phoenix Beverages/Pier 11 Update

It seems that Pier 11 is remaining unoccupied for the time being.

Gary Buiso at YourNabe reports that the LI-based beer distributor on its way to Red Hook will be moving into Pier 7, instead.

It’s still early in the whole process, but this looks like a check in the prudence column.

Much more to come, for sure, including, perhaps, a revival of Tom Fox’s grander plans for Pier 11.

In the meantime, what would you want to see done with Pier 11?    Man-made beaches?  Public space?  Leave a comment.

UPDATE:  The New York Times reports that the move will, in fact, be to both piers.

Where do you go after DTE?

To the Brooklyn Flea, if you’re Rafael Soler.

Hopefully you remember Chef Soler’s food from the Red Hook Ball Fields, or from last December’s Safe Harbor Benefit. In case you’re forgetting:

While we’re on the subject of food you can (no longer only) get in Red Hook, check out the BA foodist for a delicious, DTE/Superbowl-tested chicken wing recipe from Chef Sohui Kim of The Good Fork.

Good Wing.