Yearly Archives: 2018

The Story of Revere Sugar in Red Hook and the Rise and Fall of Big Sugar in Brooklyn

By Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) Sugar was once one of Brooklyn’s biggest industries, and the Revere Sugar plant dominated the Red Hook waterfront for almost 100 years. New York City was once the sugar capital of the world. The ports and piers of New York, specifically those in Brooklyn, made this kingdom of …

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A Look Back at Tin City, Red Hook’s Homeless Settlement During the Great Depression

By Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) The Great Depression was one of the 20th century’s most defining periods. We tend to think it started with the international stock market crash on October 29, 1929, but the industrialized world’s economies were headed for trouble several years before that. By the early 1930s, the effects were …

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