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Update on LeNell’s’s LeNell

“If I’m not in Red Hook, I’m not interested in Brooklyn.”

OK, a little extreme from my point of view, but gotta respect Red Hook’s own (even if she’s currently in Mexico) Lenell Smothers.

Is there a single resident of Red Hook, current or former, who generates more news just by being themself (with the possible exclusion of Carmelo Anthony)?

Fort Defiance Everywhere You Look

Every couple months or so an awesome new restaurant/bar/shop opens in Red Hook and the world goes crazy for it.  A few years back (though still getting plenty of attention today) it was Baked, Lenell’s had its day in the sun before heading to (even more sun I suppose in) Mexico, and now, for the last month or two, it appears that Fort Defiance is all the rage.

Photo from Gothamist

FD is a bar/cafe right on Van Brunt street (“the back” of Red Hook, where most of these chic-y/homey places pop up) that serves tasty-sounding food and interesting, well-received cocktails (required content for every piece on the cafe- they make their own seltzer).   It was seeing the bar pop up twice in today’s New York Times “Winter Drinks Issue” alone (!) that inspired this post.  If that’s not enough to convince you, check out the bar’s press page– see what I mean?

The bright side of having a business take over my “Red Hook” google alert?  Usually means the place has the goods and will be sticking around for a while.  Maybe FD will have to be the next post-event meeting spot for DTE staff & volunteers.

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!