Yearly Archives: 2017

The Red Hook Houses: Housing Brooklynites During the Great Depression

By Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) Housing projects were originally built as a great experiment to house lower income people, one of many to come from the unprecedented poverty and needs of the Great Depression. The economic conditions that brought nationwide misery to this country beginning in 1929 and continuing throughout the 1930s were …

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Making a Splash in Red Hook: How the Vast Red Hook Pool and Play Center Came to Be

By Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) We have the Great Depression and Robert Moses to thank for one of New York City’s biggest public swimming pools, the Sol Goldman Pool in the Red Hook Play Center at 155 Bay Street in Red Hook. Designed to accommodate more than 4,462 people at a time, the …

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Red Hook’s Early Years, Coffeyville, and Life on a Coffey Street Row

By Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) Red Hook is one of Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhoods, with a history that is unique. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Coffey Street, located between the Atlantic and Erie Basins should have a unique history as well. Here is the story of Red Hook’s …

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Red Hook in the Snow (Video)

Rich with industrial charm, waterfront views and quirky character, Red Hook was transformed for a few days by a whirling, blustering storm that blanketed the neighborhood with snow. The first substantial accumulation of the winter provided a perfect opportunity to hike through the slushy streets and capture the atmospheric scenes. Shop owners shovel their …

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