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Category Archives: not-for-profit

A peek inside the Taste of Red Hook party, September 2014

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On September 30, the Red Hook Initiative hosted its annual Taste of Red Hook event at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. Dozens of local restaurants and vendors volunteered their time — and their best dishes — to raise funds for the Initiative. The Red Hook Initiative is a not-for-profit organization that offers a helping hand to Red Hook residents. They have …

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Neighbors and Friends: Red Hook Rise

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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

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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

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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

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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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