After Sandy: Red Hook

Friday, December 07, 2012

Chef Monica Byrne, partner of the Red Hook based home/made restaurant and Roquette Catering, and one of the founders of Restore Red Hook, will be joined by Wally Bazemore, long-time community activist and resident of Red Hook Houses, and David Sharps, president of The Waterfront Museum and captain of the Lehigh Valley barge, to give us an update on Red Hook post-Sandy.


Wally Bazemore, Monica Byrne and David Sharps

Comments [17]

IStandBuy from NYC

We're all in this together. So happy to see how we're rebuilding. We're trying to do our part with a search map so consumers can find small businesses in Sandy-affected areas and channel money that would already be spent anyway at the shops, restaurants, etc... that need it most.

Dec. 10 2012 01:54 PM
mollie from Red Hook

Kate- the 76th Precinct was here. Not sure what your complaint is about. Our garden level apartment was destroyed- we lived on the same block as Home/Made. We had to move everything to the back yard and we couldn't lock our busted doors. Thankfully the 76th responded quickly and kept the neighborhood lit up to prevent looting. And they were here patrolling the neighborhood.

As to the comments being critical of the business owners- you have no idea! Red Hook is an amazingly self-sufficient neighborhood and people have been working their butts off to get back on track. It's hard enough on even a good day to make a living in Red Hook. The businesses along Van Brunt not only serve the locals, but attract visitors and make the neighborhood a fun place to visit. They are not the only businesses in Red Hook, but it doesn't mean they're not deserving of help.

Dec. 09 2012 10:15 PM


IKEA was able to open so quickly because they built recently & they built smart. All their merchandise & check out counters are on the second floor. I am not a big fan of IKEA-when I use the ferry I buy food so that I can use the voucher. But I have to admit they knew what they were doing when they built up.

Dec. 08 2012 11:54 AM
RHRower from Red Hook

I'm sorry, but you have absolutely NO IDEA of what you're talking about. Most business owners in RH-places like Sunny's, home/made & the Waterfront Museum also live in RH. So, they have been screwed twice over.

Dec. 08 2012 10:56 AM

These businesses on Van Brunt, including homemade, do not produce many jobs. They should have had flood insurance and not operate their businesses on a paycheck to paycheck basis. Not every business deserves to be in business and it is embarrassing and insane for them to claim funds when others are without homes. These places cater to the white, new residents of RedHook and its visitors. 99% of them don't offer jobs to residents of RH houses yet they claim that they are the lifeblood of RH. Take a class on how to run a business and stop crying about how you can't make your pretentious overpriced crap. This Restore Red Hook stuff is not the voice of small business in that area - there are probably hundreds of other businesses that are not restaurants or boutiques - I buy my glass and plants in RH and its crazy how many other things you come across down side streets there.

Dec. 08 2012 10:15 AM
Noach in Bklyn.

My thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the storm.

Dec. 07 2012 01:10 PM
Beth from Gowanus

Guy-- why do local small businesses matter? Because they give good people good jobs. Hate to sound like a republican on this but a good job pays for food, housing, kids, etc. If those businesses in red hook and beyond go under then where do those people work? At a chain? At a place that won't invest into the community that houses them. Local Business are important because they keep a community afloat. Yes businesses go under all the time but should we let a disaster and not bad business do that? Of course peoples lives and homes are important.

Dec. 07 2012 11:42 AM

"If you love where you live, that's where you're gonna live." ?????
Oh, please. Soon they're gonna be living in what will be the ocean. Either reverse climate change or move. Are we supposed to keep bailing out these folks again and again with out tax dollars? It's totally foolish and self-centered.

There are places on this changing earth that people just can not be allowed to live. It's them putting their burden on the rest of us.

Dec. 07 2012 11:30 AM

Red Hook is a great place but additional transportation is key as it is difficult to get to. The street car idea is great or a subway someday.

Dec. 07 2012 11:28 AM
Beth from Gowanus

I love Red Hook and hope it recovers soon. There has also been a lot of damage done to the businesses along the gowanus canal. Places like Build it Green, Serett Metalworks and NY art foundry were flooded with 6 feet of water. It's interesting because you don't think of those areas as being close to the ocean or on the waterfront. Has any research been done to the effects of the pollution from the canal in the surrounding area since the storm?

Dec. 07 2012 11:25 AM
guy from Brooklyn

Why should private businesses be a priority? This question may sound heartless, but businesses go out of business everyday for lots of reasons--why should public attention or money go to rebuilding these businesses instead of poor or working poor, elderly or displaced people? I ask thinking of how militant some of these entities can be about the injustice of the burden of regulations and taxes and government interference....until they need it!

Dec. 07 2012 11:25 AM

does anyone know why Ikea was able to open so quickly ? I think they were open on the thursday or friday afterwards.

Dec. 07 2012 11:18 AM
kate from Bed-Stuy

Where has the NYPD been during all this? The rationale for canceling the marathon was that the police needed to be available for recovery, yet only volunteers were walking up and down in the Red Hook houses and the Coney Island housing projects knocking on doors and looking for residents in trouble. Now FEMA has given all this money to NYPD for overtime during the hurricane, but what were they actually doing during the emergencies and why aren't the police commissioner and Mayor Bloomberg being held accountable for not deploying police officers where they're needed?

Dec. 07 2012 11:16 AM

The way the city handled public housing problem is totally UNacceptable.

Dec. 07 2012 11:15 AM
antonio from bayside

What about Ikea and Fareway and other folks chipping in on getting red hook a streetcar system?
Red Hook would be great if you didn't need Zipcar to get there...j/k.

Dec. 07 2012 11:02 AM
Lala from nyc

Without Fairway market in the picture, I have no reason to visit this neighborhood anymore. I hate what Ikea has done to the water front and miss Fairway. Actually, when I visited the Fairway I'd stop by other places along the strip (there is a rum maker in that area that makes awesome chocolate rum bottles). I can only imagine how much those guys are hurting now that 'visitors' aren't stopping by.

Dec. 07 2012 10:38 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I feel bad for all those small business that were flooded. I wonder when Fairway will re-open and are they taking any structural measures to help prevent being flooded out again.

Dec. 07 2012 10:07 AM

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