Tag Archives: Red Hook

Create the Artwork for Smith/9th Street

The Smith/9th Street Subway station is unique, if nothing else.  It’s the closest stop to Red Hook, has incredible views, and rises high in the air over South Brooklyn in a way that says “cool,” “wobbly,” or “strangely foreboding,” depending on whom you ask.

Now the MTA has put out a call for proposals from artists wishing to be considered for a commission for their work at the station.  Check out the MTA site for details, or download the RFP (or whatever they’re calling it) here.

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Putting on a Play

For the last month, I’ve been working with an incredible group of students/artists/friends on staging Maria Irene Fornes’s play, What of the Night?

Now all our work & passion will be funneled into two performances this weekend.

Friday & Saturday, 7pm, at the Cornell Paper & Box Company loading dock .

It’s right behind Valentino Park & Pier, actually in the same exact place we put the stage for the Red Hook Fest, for those of you who’ve been to it in the last three (four?) years.

What of the Night? is a beautiful play, and the cast is wonderful. Plus it’s a unique place to see some theater, with the sun setting right over your shoulder as you sit less than fifty yards from the water.  Come on out to support some emerging artists, Red Hook-style.

Torey M in the Daily N

Torey on the Fest Stage (Photo: Edwin Anglero)

We got to meet Torey Maldonado in the lead-up to this year’s Red Hook Fest, where he conducted a reading and discussion about his book, Secret Saturdays (my mom bought a copy for her students down in Richmond, VA, and is loving it so far!).

Today, Torey’s in the Daily News, continuing to get a ton of attention for this unique new piece.  Check it out, and check out these snapshots of the Fest (where you’ll get a real quick glimpse of Torey!).

The Lineup for this Year’s Red Hook Fest

We’re closing in on two weeks till the Red Hook Fest.  Check out the mainstage lineup:

Red Hook Roundup

offManhattan is a cool travel guide-style website for New Yorkers and tourists, promoting a “green” lifestyle.


They just did a rundown of things to do in the neighborhood, and plenty of Red Hook mainstays make the list.

It’s become our favorite quick getaway for local artisan crafts, inexpensive eats, and an unparalleled view of the Statue of Liberty a mere twenty minutes from Manhattan. Read on for our top things to do in Red Hook.

Check out the article for full descriptions of some cool Red Hook spots.

Last Night’s Red Hook Community Meeting

Martha reports back from last night’s gathering of community leaders and residents on the subject of public housing:

Generously and warmly hosted by the Cavalary Baptish Church, last night’s event was an introduction to new chariman of the the New York City Housing Authority, Ricardo Morales.  Organized by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, the meeting also featured participation from Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez, and Congresswoman Nydia Velásquez (who celebrated her dilligent work bringing federal funding to a number of community organizations in Red Hook), among others.

Chariman Morales discussed the challenges facing public housing- cuts in funding, difficulties in apportioning state and city funds to public housing, and an overburdened, aging infrastructure.  He stressed looking at problems comprehensively, hoping for systematic improvements ranging from a series of greening initiatives (new windows, centrally-monitored thermostats, etc.) to a reassessment of notoriously run-down (and often-expensively repaired) elevator systems.
Members of the community asked questions, with particular interest in the decreased operations of the important community PAL Miccio Center, while community organizations from Added Value to Red Hook Rise to your very own DTE spoke to the community about their work and services.

Chairman Morales stressed the importance of looking at issues facing the Red Hook Houses as “challenges, not problems,” and promised to work with the community to address these challenges.  Hoping to show his commitment to this end, he mentioned that one way he has dealt with budget cuts is to cut his own central staffing, rather than making further cuts in the community centers directly associated with city housing projects.

While the meeting was more of an introduction and call to action, Martha did say she walked away with one very clear point.  Again impressed by Red Hook’s political leaders, from the community level all the way to our federal representives, she mentioned how refreshing it was to see elected officials who were clearly plugged into the needs of their constituents, and who fought dilligently to see those needs met.  Velmanette Mongtomery, she mentioned, knew the name of practically every person in attendance.  “If you are feeling cynical about politicians,” Martha said, “I just hope you get the chance to see Red Hook’s elected officials in action.”

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.