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A Witness to the Evolution of Red Hook: 44-46 Beard Street

Sailors, food and art: All play a part in the story of 44-46 Beard Street, a utilitarian Italianate-style building overlooking the waterfront and Ikea. It was built as a storefront with residential space above sometime between 1880 and 1886. A lone survivor, and a witness to over 130 years of shipping and industrial history, …

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76 Van Dyke Street, one of Red Hook’s most important buildings

Officially, 76 Van Dyke Street is the Brooklyn Clay Retort and Fire Brick Works Storehouse. That’s quite a mouthful for this sprawling one-story building, beautifully constructed in rough-cut stone. Located near a slip on the Erie Basin, the storehouse is a lone survivor of the fire clay brick industry, once one of the most important …

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Fairway Market: Red Hook’s Favorite Destination

Fairway Market

Photo by Jennifer K. via Yelp When Manhattan’s favorite market Fairway announced that it would be opening a branch in Red Hook in 2006, food lovers from all over Brooklyn waited in anxious anticipation. The market would be housed in the Red Hook Stores, the largest of the brick storage warehouses built by Red Hook’s …

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The changing faces of Red Hook, as seen in maps from 1770 to the present

The face of Brooklyn changes almost every day. Come back a few months later, and everything has changed. Even as new buildings appear and disappear, or even the streets themselves, the land underneath tends to stay the same. This has not, however, always been true for Brooklyn’s shoreline. Here, the land itself can change. Nowhere …

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Here’s how Red Hook’s Fort Defiance changed the Revolutionary War

Long before Red Hook got its name, when the Lenape people would fish near the entrance to what is now the East River, it was a marshy swamp. This area of what would some day become South Brooklyn looked more like the Mississippi Delta than the defined waterfront we see today. Old maps show all sorts of tidal …

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How did Red Hook and the Buttermilk Channel get their names?

Our neighborhoods all have interesting place names. The streets, thoroughfares and neighborhoods themselves are named for people, landmarks, or natural features that were a part of its history. So it stands to reason that Red Hook, with its storied past, would have some interesting street names. Red Hook The name “Red Hook” goes back …

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The History of King Cotton and the Red Hook Stores

A trip to the Red Hook Fairway may be your excuse to visit the iconic warehouses of Red Hook, but once you are here, stop for a moment and look around. You are looking at American and international history. It’s a story of how these Red Hook warehouses—or “stores,” as they used to be called—were the conduit …

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Tenant Profile: Brooklyn Crab

  Red Hook is known for its warehouses, but the spacious waterfront can make it seem a world away from the rest of Brooklyn. It’s also the ideal spot to indulge in some seafood and relaxation.     In June of 2012, the owners of Brooklyn Mexican restaurant Alma, itself located on a Columbia Street waterfront …

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The German American Stores fire, conclusion

The afternoon of October 24, 1898 started out as usual on Pier 39 in Red Hook. This was home to the German American Mutual Warehousing and Security Company, aka the German American Stores. They operated one of Red Hook’s larger storage and warehousing facilities; receiving, storing and shipping goods from all over the world. …

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The German American Stores fire

Today we walk along the piers in Red Hook and admire the view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. We enjoy the quietness and relative remoteness of the surroundings. You can hear the seagulls, the gentle slap of the water against the rocks, and the excited laughter of children. If you turn …

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