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The Red Hook Criterium + pouring rain = a day of epic bike and running races

On Saturday, March 29, some of the most dedicated cyclists and runners from Brooklyn and around the world gathered at Red Hook’s Brooklyn Cruise Terminal for a race like no other. Pouring rain didn’t stop these athletic, talented lunatics from running, or racing full-tilt on fixed-gear track bikes without brakes. The reason for this …

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Neighbors and Friends: Red Hook Rise

O’Connell On-Site Manager Ray Hall, and his brother Earl, founded Red Hook Rise in 1994 with the goal of creating safer streets for kids in the Red Hook houses. The brothers grew up in NYCHA Housing, and count many of the neighborhood parents as friends. Red Hook Rise is not just a hobby for them — …

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Neighbors and Friends: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

At The O’Connell Organization, we know that there’s more to a neighborhood than just a collection of buildings. An impressive number of artists have chosen Red Hook as a home, as evidenced by  the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, or BWAC. BWAC founding president John Strohbeen (left) came to the Red Hook waterfront in 1978, part of …

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Neighbors and Friends: Dance Theatre Etcetera

Dance Theatre Etcetera is a community organization dedicated to “pursuing social justice through the arts,” offering art education programs before, during, and after school. Since 1994, its founder Martha Bowers has been guiding the group. A dancer and choreographer who has performed such site-specific works as 1993’s “On the Waterfront,” she was motivated by …

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Neighbors and Friends: The Waterfront Museum

When you visit the Red Hook waterfront, one of the first things you’ll notice is a bright red historic barge docked at Pier 44, near the Fairway Supermarket at the Red Hook Stores building. That’s where The Waterfront Museum is found, a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization run by David Sharps. Sharps, after working …

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THE O’CONNELL ORGANIZATION DONATES TROLLEY CARS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2014 THE O’CONNELL ORGANIZATION DONATES TROLLEY CARS   BROOKLYN, NY, February 10, 2014 –  This past weekend O’Connell Organization donated three trolley cars which were located on the company’s property adjacent to Fairway Market for a number of years.  These trolley cars, along with a significant donation, were conveyed …

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How do I get to Red Hook?

We couldn’t be prouder of Red Hook at the O’Connell Organization, and we want everybody out there to come visit us. The first thing that our friends in Manhattan and Queens ask us when we invite them out is “How do I get there? Do I need to take that ferry to Ikea?”. The …

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The Red Hook, Merchant, and Beard and Robinson Stores

The Red Hook Stores – 480-500 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (GMAP) The 5-story Red Hook Stores, originally known as the New York Warehouse Co.’s Stores, was built by William Beard in the 1870s as part of the major expansion of storage and warehousing inside Erie Basin and along the Red Hook waterfront …

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Red Hook’s Erie Basin

The center of NY Harbor, during the days of break bulk shipping before and during the Second World War, Erie Basin was once the destination of most of the grains and cereals which the Midwestern United States sent eastward along the Erie Canal. A thriving maritime industry employed tens of thousands, and Red Hook …

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Tenant Profile: Red Hook Winery

A visit to the Merchant Stores at Pier 41, and the Red Hook Winery The pleasant lounge environment encountered when one visits the Red Hook Winery’s Liberty Warehouse Location is just the front of the house. Behind the scenes, there is a working winery. The thing you remember most about the place is a …

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