Category Archives: Tenants

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 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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The New York Water Taxi has a new scenic route to Red Hook


Great news for the Red Hook waterfront! New York Water Taxi has begun a regularly scheduled service to and from Red Hook to the west side of Manhattan. New York Water Taxi’s docks, for this line, are found at Pier 79 (located at Hudson at West 39th street, pictured above), Pier 45 at Christopher Street, …

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Tenant Profile: Casa Kids at 106 Ferris Street


Roberto Gil was born in Buenos Aires, has a Masters degree in Architecture from Harvard University, and is the proprietor and founder of Casa Kids, a children’s furniture company. Gil’s modern, modular designs mean that the furniture can adapt to the children’s needs as they grow older, and Casa Kids does in-home consultations to ensure …

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Tenant Profile: Apotheke Soap and Candle


Apotheke owner Chrissy Fichtl, her husband Sebastian Picasso, and their daughter Penelope Red Hook, with its old warehouses and piers, is a living monument to Brooklyn’s industrial heyday. And while the neighborhood today is quieter and more residential, The O’Connell Organization is dedicated to attracting local manufacturers to Red Hook and its abundant warehouse space. …

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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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