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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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

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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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Tenant Profile: Pickett Furniture


There are certain arts, industries, and crafts whose practice and tradition stretches back into prehistory. Carpentry is one of them, and at the Merchant Stores Building on Van Dyke St. in Red Hook, Pickett Furniture carries on the ancient craft. Expert hands at work, visitors to the Pickett Furniture shop observe very modern equipment …

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Tenant Profile: Horus Bronze


Horus-Bronze is an international architectural metal engineering, manufacturing and installation company which is based in both New York and France. With an operating plant in France and a 6450 sq ft shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the company specialized in the manufacturing of solid bronze high-end windows and doors for residential, retail, and Landmark projects. Horus-Bronze …

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Tenant Profile: Hot Wood Arts


The Beard and Robinson Stores were built by Jeremiah P. Robinson and William Beard in the 1860’s and 70’s and were eventually founded in 1872 during a surge in dockside warehousing after the Civil War. The Beard and Robinson Stores were part of a complex of grain terminals, warehouses, wharfs and shipyards constructed by …

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