Tug Talk: Mariners’ Names for Red Hook

By The Red Hook WaterStories team Tug captains use landmarks (points on land visible from the water) to tell other mariners and the Coast Guard VTS (Vessel Traffic Service – the harbor equivalent of air traffic controllers) where they are.  This is not always as straightforward as it sounds, but it is proof that maritime […]

Another Chance – The Paul Robeson Theatre by Darlene Miller

I was so happy to learn recently that the Paul Robeson Theatre will hopefully be getting another chance to shine!  The 153 year old church-turned-theater nestled in the rich community of Fort Greene, Brooklyn has been approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission to be restored. I have been asking myself why hasn’t anyone (or group) […]

Overspreading on transit seats ca. 1850. Contentions on the Hamilton Avenue Ferry

By The Red Hook WaterStories team All was not peaceful on the new Hamilton Avenue Ferry.  People, particularly in the evening, were sprawling out across the benches, and extra deckhands were hired to keep the order. One of the directors suggested adding dividing armrests, but the Chief Engineer feared they would provoke ridicule. Overspreading to […]

Red Hook History: Bars and Restaurants in the 1880s by Maryam Daghmoumi

The idea behind this Red Hook history blog is to get a snap shot view of the restaurants and bars in Red Hook, Brooklyn in the late 1800s according to the research done by Maggie Blanck. First I feel compelled to mention that there were 10 restaurants listed in the 1883 directory and 16 listed […]

Forgotten NY Tour of Sunset Park Sunday.

Sunset Park is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that has quite a buzz behind it right now.  It’s still relatively affordable and many have claimed that it’s going to be the next Williamsburg.  It’s definitely been marked as one of the up-and-coming hoods of this already very hip borough. It also has a very rich history. […]

Exploring Glass Bottle Beach by Arthur Mallet

In the dog days of summer, New Yorkers like to take advantage of the local beaches: Brighton Beach, Coney Island, and the Rockaways.  There’s one beach, however, that offers a unique attraction: Glass Bottle Beach and it’s vast treasures. Located in Dead Horse Bay across from Floyd Bennett Field, Glass Bottle Beach lives up to […]

Red Hook Histories : East River Ferry, then and now by Maryam Daghmoumi

Hopefully, many of you have already had a chance to take the new South Brooklyn Ferry route that launched on June 1st. If you haven’t yet had the chance, then you are missing out on literally the best way to get in and out of the Red Hook / Columbia Waterfront District area.  For those that […]

Red Hook History Part 1 by Maryam Daghmoumi

Walking around Red Hook this past week felt like I was stepping through a worm hole, into a time when Red Hook would have been a busy, bustling port town and not just the sleepy little seaside community I have known for so long.  Maybe it was the hordes of sailors docked here for Fleet […]

Free Fridays at Brooklyn Historical Society.

This sound amazing!  Not only is Brooklyn Historical society free on certain Fridays they also have special performances, live music and beer!  Every month (taking breaks in the summer months) will be a different theme and since this week will be April Fools Day they’ll have performances to match!  See below for more info on […]