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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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Tenant Profile: Mile End Delicatessen

The back of house operations for Mile End Delicatessen is located at Red Hook’s Pier 41, at the Merchant Stores. With a team of over 60 talented men and women, Mile End creates and produces a wide variety of cured and smoked meats and fish, pickled goods, and freshly baked bagels, breads, rolls, and pastries …

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Tenant Profile: Fleisher’s Grassfed and Organic Meats

At Pier 41 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, at the O’Connell Organization’s Merchant Stores building – Fleisher’s Grassfed and Organic Meats carries on a business started in 1901. Wolf Fleisher came to America to ply his trade as a kosher butcher. His shop, Fleisher’s Meats, soon became a beloved fixture in his Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn neighborhood, …

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Tenant Profile: NY Water Taxi

NY Water Taxi calls Red Hook in Brooklyn home. Erie Basin in Red Hook, alongside the O’Connell organization’s German American Stores building, is the home of NY Water Taxi. This is the home base from which the company operates sighteseeing, charter, and ferry operations. The popular IKEA ferry landing is nearby, which carries passengers …

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Getaway Car

An unexpected find in the Liberty Warehouse. If you spend enough time around New York Harbor and the older sections of Brooklyn, you’ll start to get a bit jaded by the historic tableau. The Merchant Stores building at Pier 41 was built in 1873 but she’s still got a lot of surprises. As the …

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The Doors of Red Hook

Iconic features at the Red Hook waterfront. Iron door shutters are found on all of the O’Connell properties here in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The arched casements and doors are typical of the era in which these properties were built, just before and after the American Civil War in the 1860’s. The arches provide strength, …

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Windows of Red Hook

  When the O’Connell Organization first came to Red Hook, it set out to preserve and protect the history of the South Brooklyn waterfront.   Over the past 45 years, the organization has rehabilitated dozens of residential and commercial properties in the Red Hook, Columbia Street Waterfront, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill areas of …

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Tenant Profile: Flickinger Glassworks

Charles Flickinger began his career as a stained glass designer and craftsman. Early on, he worked for several leading glass studios in New York City including Rambusch Decorating and Ernest Porcelli Art Glass Studio. After helping to restore the Statue of Liberty’s bent glass torch in 1984, he began a series of apprenticeships with …

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