Monthly Archives: October 2009

Red Hook Eats in The News

Some entertaining write-ups of some new (and not so new) neighborhood spots popped up on the Google Alert today.  First, Sam Sifton with a “dining brief” on Rocky Sullivan’s lobster nights w/ the Red Hook Lobster Pound.


Photo: Michael Nagle for The New York Times

…Rocky Sullivan’s bar, now two years out of its original lower Lexington Avenue home, is coming into its Brooklyn own.

While we’re in the gastronomic universe, Time Out New York profiles the new to the nabe Fort Defiance.  Kudos continue to come in for the bar’s signature cocktails. Plus:

The frontier pricing—most drinks are under $10 and the food maxes out in the high teens—helps justify the trek for the rest of us.

Still haven’t made it over to Fort Defiance, but I can attest for the tasty pizza and good vibes at Rocky’s (a favorite spot for post-event wind-downs for DTE staff and volunteers).  Our GM, Liz, had a lobster date planned a while back, but was rained out.  Hopefully when she gets back from Africa (lucky!) she’ll  get us a review.

Halloween Harvest (Festival)

Last Saturday’s annual Harvest Festival at Added Value was rained out,  but you can come down this Saturday, the 31st, for some on-the-farm fun geared towards the little guys and their grown-up travel companions.  They’ll get out the costume bins, there are pumpkins to pick- a good start for a Halloween morning, to be sure.  Give AV a call for details- 718-855-5531- or come on down to Red Hook Saturday morning.

Check out some pictures from last year’s Festival:



Ruby puts the finishing touches on the DTE "Poetree"



The "poetree" in bloom w/ hopes for the future & celebrations of the past

Saturday @ Sea

The Clearwater Sloop is a replica of 18th & 19th century ships that sailed the Hudson River.  Launched in part by Pete Seeger back in the 60s, the sloop has provided maritime education and advocacy for about four decades now, and is coming to Brooklyn on Saturday.

clearwater sloop

From Brooklynometry:

Schedule of Events
3 – 6pm: Sloop Clearwater sails from Manhattan to Brooklyn (spots on the sail are still available; see below).
5 – 6pm: Start your evening with a family-friendly rendezvous aboard the Historic Waterfront Museum, a beautifully restored showboat barge and floating classroom. Catch great views of the historic tall ship Clearwater as she returns to the Brooklyn waterfront. Snacks, music and fun provided.
6 – 7:30pm: Welcome the sloop to the dock, then hop aboard for a tour of the deck and meet n’ mingle with the Captain and crew!
8 – 10pm: Head around the corner with the crew to Sunny’s Bar, a Red Hook mainstay for sailors for over 100 years. A suggested donation of $5 – $10 gets you great music, refreshments, and a warm mug of mulled cider. Sunny’s weekly bluegrass jam follows close behind, so be sure and bring an instrument along!

If the weather cooperates (and even if it doesn’t), you can’t get better views than aboard the Waterfront Museum, and I’m sure the Sharps family has some good times in store.

The Sloop is on facebook (of course), or you can get more info by emailing or

EnviroMedia Mobile from the Urban Divers

Just got an email from the Urban Divers about their big new educational toy (representing the culmination of years of planning and work), an “ENVIROMEDIA MOBILE”—a traveling urban nature and maritime museum on wheels.  They describe it as…

a unique learning and cultural tool to help increase environmental literacy, youth development and maritime cultural enrichment in our community, in our schools, on the waterfront in NYC.

The Divers will unveil the “mobile” on October 21st, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza Park.  If you don’t know about UD and the work they do on the New York Waterfront, check out their official website.  They ask that you RSVP for the unveiling, so send me an email- for details.

Super Fun @ The Gowanus Canal

Head over to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle to read up on efforts to clean up the notoriously polluted Gowanus Canal.  It’s not clear whether these improvements completely remove the possibility for an EPA “Superfund” designation, as floated earlier in the year, but it is a significant ($150 million) commitment.

Taken together, these upgrades will significantly improve water quality and the quality of life around the canal.

^Says the paper.  Check out the article to see why.

Post-Angels (and Accordions)

The weather gave us some scares on Saturday morning, but cleared up to allow for two beautiful performances of Angels & Accordions.  A video is in the works featuring performance footage, performer interviews and more.  Stay tuned for that.




For now, though, head over to Flickr to see DTE General Manager Liz Schuster’s lovely pictures from the 3:30 performance at Green-Wood Cemetery.

Angels Tomorrow

We’ll have an update on the weather situation for Angels & Accordions later in the day.  Stay posted to the event webpage.

Photo: Frank H. Jump

Photo: Frank H. Jump

In the meantime, check out some cool pictures from Frank Jump of the Angels in rehearsal.

Red Hook Theatre Project Monday Night

Falconworks Artists Group, our friends from around the corner in the Houses, has a show coming up this Monday, October 12th at PS 15 in Red Hook.  The performance will mark the culmination of a three-day series of intensive workshops in the theatrical techniques of director/writer/giant influence on DTE, Augosto Boal.

“The Red Hook Theatre Project” will put together over twenty residents of Red Hook, ages 18 and up, as they create theatre about real life situations and issues, and let the audience participate through the structure of “forum theatre.”

Check out the show- 7pm, 71 Sullivan Street, for some awesome theatre- and when you’re there admire the nifty white folding chairs straight out of DTE’s space- we braved the unbelievably windy wind to get them to you!