A waterfront blog about Red Hook, Brooklyn. From Columbia Street to the Van Brunt Stores and from Valentino Pier to Red Hook Rec Center.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Red Hook in the NYTimes

There was a nice article in yesterday's New York Times that I want to link to the blog. The article is A Time to Fight; A Time to Mellow by Jeff VanDam in the City section. The piece is an "as told" account of life in Red Hook in the 1960s and 1970s. Its a very nice article. Robert O., who tells the story, gives a very poignant, but troubling and violent picture of the growing up in the neigborhood. Red Hook is now an improving neighborhood with rising rents and new residents. Robert himself and his family have been priced out of Red Hook and now live in New Jersey. There is an undeniable sadness to the story.

I had thought to write a bit about gentrification of the neighborhood in response, but I think I'll leave that for another day. Its a big subject that may take a number of posts.


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