Daily Archives: July 15, 2009

B61 Gets a Makeover

As a Crown Heights resident who makes the trek to Red Hook every day, there could be almost no more welcome news from the dark, confusing word of the MTA (exceptions:  “subway price back to $2!” “Teleporation introduced on the 4/5”).

The B61 bus, as I saw reported by Jess of “The Word on Columbia Street,” (who, in turn, it seems, got the word from CB6 District Manager Craig Hammerman) may soon be the B61 and B62.  The current B61 would be chopped in half in downtown Brooklyn, leaving one line to service downtown to Red Hook, and another from downtown to Greenpoint.

For anyone who’s ever waited 25 minutes for a bus at 8:30am on a weekday (“I was supposed to be on time”), this seems like a promising change.  Before you (or I) get too excited, though, keep in mind- the MTA board still has to approve the plan some time later this month.

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Props for IKEA(?!)

Who would have thought, in all the hand-wringing and histrionics that accompanied the entrance of IKEA to Red Hook, that less than a year later they’d be winning awards for their service to the community?

Photo: Jacob Silberberg for the New York Times

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that our big blue friend down Beard Street was just awarded The Norman Buchbinder Award for Neighborhood Beautification.

OK, so the award was given by that finger-on-the-pulse-of-the-neighborhood organization…Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Though there may be room for IKEA to continue to grow into its place and responsibility in the neighborhood, though, you’d  be hard pressed to deny that the esplanade is a nice bit of greenery in an otherwise fairly unwelcoming stretch of blocks:

“It features a paved bike and walkway, extensive new foliage and landscaping, well-lit seating areas and a publicly accessible pier extending into the Erie Basin. IKEA restored cranes, preserved shipyard artifacts, and constructed maritime mementos to highlight the waterfront past of the site.”

Just yesterday, as I was out distributing flyers for DTE’s Saturday hip hop class, I ran into a group of girls, from the neigborhood, taking a walk to the esplanade just because it was there.  Points awarded to IKEA on this one.

The Red Hook Chickens

Could be the name of the neighborhood’s new minor league baseball team.  In reality, it’s a family-run chicken farm run by Declan Walsh and his family, “The Red Hook Poultry Association.”  With fresh eggs and “meat birds,” it sounds like Red Hook has another outlet for delicious local food.  Check out the article for more info (did you know chickens were legal in the 5 boroughs?).  One problem, though:  they don’t list an address.

Does anyone know where the RHPA is?  Help a fresh-chicken-loving guy out- leave a comment!