Labor Day Fun in Red Hook with Snap

Sep 03, 12 Labor Day Fun in Red Hook with Snap

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For delicious, organic food in Brooklyn, nothing beats the Snap food truck. This unique experience, run by the husband and wife team Zeph and Liz Courtney, is coming to a street near you. Their story is a typical one, but their execution is purely unique. Growing up in Chicago, Liz loved her Chicago-style hot dogs. When she moved to New York, she pined away for these dogs, and decided to start to reproduce her own. And Snap was born. While serving the best Chicago-style hot dogs around, they also have hamburgers made from locally-made ingredients and grass-fed, NY-state beef; they offer artisanal pickles from Rick’s Picks and regional cheddar. And their truck runs on bio-diesel that is made from recycled cooking oil! You read that correctly — when they finish making Belgian and avocado fries in their deep fryer, the organic peanut oil fills the truck’s gas tank and fuels their trips. Obviously, Snap is incredibly environmentally conscious and they are committed to creating delicious food that is locally grown and environmentally thoughtful. Now, they are using Labor Day to debut their Red Hook Food Truck Lot that will be at 100 Sullivan Street at Van Brunt Street. They’ll be there today from noon until 6 pm with great music and even better food, while a few vendors will be selling their wares. As Snap explains on its Facebook page, “To celebrate our new Red Hook food truck lot which opens for dinner on Sept 10th, Snap is throwing a big Labor Day backyard BBQ on Monday Sept 3 with our delicious friends La Newyorkina, our stylish friends Out of My Mind Vintage and our crafty friends Fiber Dance Weaving.” Enjoy Red Hook, Snap and some excellent food today and treat yourself to some enjoyment for Labor...

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Spike Lee Puts Spotlight on Red Hooks

Jan 31, 12 Spike Lee Puts Spotlight on Red Hooks

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When Spike Lee makes a new project, he doesn’t just make it — he breathes it. Last summer, Lee quietly filmed his latest movie set in the Red Hook Houses of Brooklyn.   Using Brooklyn’s largest housing project as his backdrop, he spent 19 days there filming the story of a boy’s adventures. Residence Speak And it’s always telling to see what residences of a neighborhood being portrayed in films have to say about it. While Sundance Film Festival slammed Lee for his unrealistic portrayal of the city complex, residents are singing his praises. As tenant association President Lillian Marshall said, “The people of Red Hook have changed. You can come here and leave your door unlocked to go the store. We are a community.” Crime Rate Changes Dramatically And the crime rates do tell that story.   Since 2005, the crime rate for the 3000 apartments has dropped 40%. Louisa Miranda, who rented out her living room for Lee’s production crew, said, “Just because we live in this community doesn’t mean we are gangsters. We are hardworking people trying to raise our kids right.” Spike Lee didn’t just jump in and jump out of the Red Hook Houses project. Residents say that he actually spent six months talking to residents about their day-to-day lives before filming there for 19 days. A Telling History Certainly, the Red Hook Houses have a history.   Two decades ago, Public School 15 Principal Patrick Daly was killed when he came there looking for a student who was late to class. Then, in the year 2000, the city started the Red Hook Community Justice Center which hosts a vast array of programs including GED classes. In 2005, the NYPD actually opened a stationhouse right on the property of the Red Hook Houses. And since then, residents say, they have been telling a different story. As Red Hook Court Judge Alex Calabrese said, “Red Hook is fabulous. It’s a neighborhood on the rise.” And that’s just what Spike Lee tried to capture...

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Trash Cans in Red Hook Only for the Rich, Study Finds

Jun 14, 11 Trash Cans in Red Hook Only for the Rich, Study Finds

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Great Trash Can Divide in Red Hook Six high school seniors spent hours after school counting trash cans and observing trash to discover that the more gentrified part of the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn is incomparably cleaner than the poorer, residential areas. The students’ efforts were done with the backing of the community group “Red Hook Initiative” this past spring. As part of the same program the group will be holding a clean-up party tomorrow, with their eye on the dirtiest streets in Red Hook, according to the students’ findings. Like Two Different Neighborhoods The students discovered that on Van Brunt Street between Verona and Van Dyke Streets, there were eleven trash cans. This street is a popular restaurant strip with nice shops, recently gentrified. On the stretch of blocks, but only a few streets over on Columbia Street close to the projects, they did not find even one trash can. “It’s like two different neighborhoods,” said Karin-Jolie Rosado, 18, one of the researchers and a senior at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. “I didn’t even realize the difference until I actually started paying attention and when I went out and did the survey,” she added. Maribeth White, 24, a supporter of The Red Hook Initiative said that, “All that trash is just kind of there in our environment. You can’t take pride in your community if it looks like...

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NYC Subway Wired Two Years Ahead of Schedule

Jan 09, 17 NYC Subway Wired Two Years Ahead of Schedule

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Twenty-seventeen will be the year New Yorkers will remember as the year the NYC subway system got wired. As of January 9, practically all underground stations will have cell phone and Wi-Fi service. The mammoth project was rushed along by Governor Andrew Cuomo in early 2016, inspiring Transit Wireless and the MTA to really get things rolling. “By bringing Wi-Fi and cell service underground ahead of schedule, we are re-imagining our subway stations to meet the needs of the next generation,” Cuomo said in a press release. “This will better connect New Yorkers who are on-the-go and build on our vision to re imagine the country’s busiest transportation network for the future.” In order to shave two years off the projected time-line for the project, Transit Wireless spent “well over” $300 million to install the system and bring in cell coverage from all four carriers; AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Transit Wireless connected the first six underground stations in 2011 in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Now almost every single of the city’s 279 stations are connected, with the Clark Street station on the 2,3 line the last to connect. There are four stations under renovation which are not yet hooked up, but will come on-line immediately upon the completion of the renovations. Connecting underground was far from child’s play. During the installation, Transit Wireless installed: 120 miles of fiber optic cables to transport signals between stations and base station hotel data centers; 4,000 antenna connection points; and 5,000 Wi-Fi access...

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Bored to Death Says Goodbye to Brooklyn

Many Brooklyn residents are about to be bored to death again. That’s because the HBO show called “Bored to Death” was just cancelled after three seasons. With the news heavy in the air, the show’s creator, Jonathan Ames, pledged to buy any fan a drink who came to the Brooklyn Inn bar in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn and shook his hand. Authentic Filming While viewers enjoyed the show, they also enjoyed that the filming of it was authentic and that it remained close to home. Mr. Ames explained that his home in Boerum Hill was within walking distance to many of the show’s filming locations. The show starred Jason Schwartzman as a fictionalized version of Mr. Ames. It had him as a struggling novelist and PI. It also featured Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis as friends of Mr. Ames. Brooklyn Hotspots Characters on the show were seen in many Gowanus and Brooklyn hotspots from a cafe in Fort Green, a bar in Park Slope, a nightclub in Brighton Beach and beyond. The final season has a seen shot at BookCourt in Cobble Hill, and Mr. Ames even arranged for a viewing party at the store. Mr. Ames Got It Right One viewer, Mr. Burger who is a lawyer from Boerum Hill, told his friends, when they asked about his community, to watch the show. As Burger said, Mr. Ames “nailed the neighborhood, nailed the culture here.” Of course, some viewers worried that Mr. Ames hit the nail on the head so well that people would start flocking to Brooklyn and wanting to move in. But, alas, the show is gone and must go on somewhere else. Mr. Ames, when asked which borough deserves the next attention, said, “Queens is the new Brooklyn.” We’ll...

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