Red Hook Methadone Clinic Closes (Well, Moves)

Chalk one up for Team Gentrification in Red Hook. Per a tipster, the Narco Freedom Methadone Clinic at 134 Van Dyke Street has shut down (a move that should free up some seats on the Ikea shuttle, if this article is to be believed) and is relocating to 561 Court Street. The question now is what will be become of the one-story commercial building that trucker Peter Vetri built in the early 1960s. A 2006 article in the Brooklyn Paper reported that a 24-unit development was in the works for the 65-by-200-foot property but all we could find in DOB records was a request to convert the space from a medical facility to a “contractor’s establishment.” The property was purchased in October 2007 for $2,100,000, a price that suggests more ambition than a storage facility for sheetrock. Anyone know what the plan is? GMAP
Photo from PropertyShark

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  • “Chalk one up for Team Gentrification”

    Brownstoner this statements sums up my disgust for you and I would like to thank you for confirming my suspicion. Plenty of people think I treat you unfairly but I’m spot on with this assessment the Brownstoner is a vehicle of Race/Class warfare. Don’t worry the collapse of the Mutant Asset Bubble will spew radiation all over Gentrification.

    Take a walk down Fulton St. The 80’s is back….

    The What

    Someday this war is gonna end…

  • On a historical note….

    My early childhood home was directly across the street from this clinic! I have many home movies of my brothers and sister playing in front of our house, with this building in the background.

    It was my uncle’s house,and my folks rented an apartment in it. It was a cold-water flat, and my mother had to boil water and put it in the sink to give us youngem’s a bath. When I was 4, the house burned down, and then we moved to the Red hook projects, where we lived for a couple of years until we moved to Gravesend.

  • Tongue in cheek, What. Tongue in cheek.

  • yeah it’s funny. gentrification really isnt an issue with methadone clinics. i work around the corner from a very famous clinic in soho. it has no signage but you know the people who go their for their meds. i dont know what to say about it. one one hand it supposedly keeps people from being junkies and robbing people for their fix, but on the other hand, (and i see it first hand all the time) there is always a shroud of hardcore shadiness around the people who are always waiting for their methadone pickups. the thing is they never ask for change or seem to bother anyone. they always talk to each other in little groups. my mom was actually in a methadone maintenance program for many years. at the end of the day, for most addicts it really doesnt help them. most are still addicted to alcohol, pills, and crack cocaine. their methadone just serves as a free way for them to come down and maintain. it’s sad. it’s sad to see a methadone clinic close because it has good intentions, but like most things that start out with good intentions, just wind up getting abused, often on the dime of the hardworking tax payer.


  • I work near the same one in Soho Rob mentioned. While I don’t really notice the shadiness during the day as much, when I work late nights, Spring St btw Broadway and Lafayette becomes rather shady. Whenever I go out for a smoke I typically get approached by several cracked out homeless guys asking for money or smokes. I attribute this to the clinic as they never seem to go further east then Lafayette or West of Broadway.

    I can’t really attest to these clinics effectiveness, as they may be a necessary evil for treatment of drug addiction. I, however, wouldn’t want to live around one.

  • O.K. so where’s it moving to?

  • how about next to the armory in crown heights!?!?!

    (just kidding of course)

  • It says where it’s moving to in the OP – 561 Court Street

  • Sorry, hipster, they beat you to it. The city is planning to put a detox center directly across the street from the Armory. The blessings just keep on coming.

  • I just don’t get you, What. Mister B said nothing editorial about this really. One can infer sarcasm, one can infer anger, or one can infer agreement. You always see what confirms your perception anyway, so why bother with the “Ah ha! Caught you!” moments?

    Anyway, methadone clinics are horrible beasts from which we must rid ourselves. Truly. And in many ways, methadone is worse than heroine. They were attempts at helping addicts that have failed.

    We now know that they do not work, and in fact, can become a permanent “lifestyle” for the user, even more addictive than the original. With heroin, there is typically a 3-4 day detox period. With methadone, there is a 4-6 week physical withdrawal period, followed by months, perhaps years of psychological healing that needs to take place. And these clinics can and do make drug dealers out of users, as they can and do sell their pills for 25 to 30 bucks a pop.

    To say nothing of the NIMBY aspect to the clinics themselves. Would YOU want a clinic next door? Be honest.

  • Wow MM – I was just kidding, but I’m not really surprised. Seems like Crown Heights is really getting the shaft when it comes to these unsavory places being relocated.

    Any idea why this keeps happening? From my experiences living in Crown Heights, I gathered that the home owners there are extremely community oriented, so there must be some outcry and opposition. Is it just that the city assumes opposition would be stronger if they moved a place like this to Park Slope or Brooklyn Heights?

  • This sure is going to make the B61 a dull ride in the mornings….