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Pioneer Works is Red Hook’s answer to the Dia Art Foundation, a place where anyone can wander in off the street, take off their shoes, and perhaps even lie down on the cool concrete floors to contemplate the art and the soaring ceiling and exposed beams of the former industrial space.

If you’ve never visited the Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation before, you’re in for a treat and a surprise. Located in a former industrial space with an open garage door on a side street in Red Hook, inside you’ll find a sprawling complex with resident artists and scientists at work, galleries with art work on display, an extensive library of arts-related publications, and a well-maintained flower garden with sculpture outside.

There are even drinks and food for sale, if you time your visit right. All in all, it’s a pleasant place to chill on a hot afternoon. (more…)

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The riches of Red Hook will be on display Saturday at Celebrating Red Hook, an all-day festival showcasing the neighborhood’s merchants, manufacturers, artists, craftspeople and food and drink purveyors.

Over 80 local vendors will fill Erie Basin Park, behind Ikea, and a center stage will feature live bands from noon to dusk, ranging from Cajun to jazz fusion. Expect demonstrations, product sampling, interactive activities, face painting and activities for kids, and food and drink from Six Point Brewery, Fort Defiance, Hometown BBQ, Lobster Pound, Red Hook Winery and other neighborhood favorites. (more…)

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Two renderings are posted on the fence at 265 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, where a 19-unit rental building is planned. The design has a promising industrial look, with red brick and corrugated metal.

Although the buildings lining Van Brunt are typically small mid-19th-century row houses, the broader area is industrial. The three-story building is raised off the ground to comply with new requirements and protect against flooding. (more…)

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Pioneer Works’ Pioneer Books opened Sunday at 289 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. The small store carries arts journals and vintage arts-related books.

It is an offshoot of Pioneer Works, the nonprofit arts and event space, located two blocks away on Pioneer Street.

The space appears to have at one time housed a bodega, going by old photos. Click through for a few more photos of the inside and the window display. GMAP (more…)

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The countdown to the Red Hook Criterium has literally begun: A timer on the event’s site lets visitors know exactly how many days, hours and minutes are left before the race kicks off this Saturday. The grueling and competitive track bike crit will draw entrants who run the gamut from professional road racers to bike messengers, all of whom will test their handling skills and fitness levels on fixed gear track bicycles.

“It’s the most exciting cycling event I’ve witnessed,” four-time champion Neil Bezdek told us. “It cuts across cycling subcultures by attracting all types of athletes and transcends cycling culture by appealing to a mainstream audience.” (more…)

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Bethelship Seamen’s Branch, YMCA. Now apartments.
Address: 47 Sullivan Street
Cross Streets: Corner Richards Street
Neighborhood: Red Hook
Year Built: 1921-1922
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival with some Rundbogenstil details
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Sailors from all over the world stepped onto Brooklyn’s shores along the Red Hook waterfront. Sailors have often lost themselves in more ways than one on the piers of foreign ports, and Brooklyn was as tempting or as frightening a place as anywhere else.

Some of the local churches saw these sailors as a worthy social and religious harvest of souls, and established mission churches and chapels near many different parts of the Brooklyn waterfront. Here in Red Hook, the evangelical zeal was provided by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Many of the sailors, as well as local workers, were Scandinavian. The Bethelship Norwegian Methodist Church and the Brooklyn and Long Island Church Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church established a mission in a much older church building and rectory at this location in 1911. In 1918, the Bethelship Branch of the YMCA was established here. (more…)

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The long-abandoned Revere Sugar Factory at 280 Richards Street in Red Hook bit the dust nine years ago, but Thor Equities still hopes to redevelop it into a huge mixed-use complex with retail, parking and apartments. Magnusson Architecture and Planning put together a feasibility study with renderings for a 1,700,000-square-foot project on the waterfront site, which would rival Lightstone’s 700-unit project on the Gowanus Canal or Two Trees’ redevelopment of the Domino Sugar plant in Williamsburg.

The plan calls for six 12-story residential towers with 900 apartments, which would surround a raised, landscaped roof deck. A six-story base would house 250,000 square feet of retail and 400,000 square feet of parking, as well as a publicly accessible, landscaped waterfront park. 6sqft spotted the renderings, one of which we published in 2008. MAP first created the study and renderings way back in 2007, which explains why they don’t mention any kind of flood protection. Click through to see more renderings.

Massive Mixed-Use Development at Red Hook’s Revere Sugar Factory Site [6sqft]
Revere Sugar Refinery Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Magnusson Archictecture and Planning

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It’s not often we see places for rent in the Fairway Building in Red Hook, where Michelle Williams once lived, and where the flood waters rose high during Sandy. This big and beautiful loft sports exposed brick, original wooden beams and arched windows. The 2,000-square-foot pad is currently configured as a two-bedroom, two-bath, but we’re sure you could build out some extra rooms if necessary.

It also has 13-foot ceilings and an open kitchen with lots of cabinets. The apartment comes with a private parking spot, which seems like a big plus in the deepest part of Red Hook. Although it’s far from the train, the loft is right on the waterfront, above Fairway Market and only a few blocks from the Ikea ferry dock steps from the Van Brunt Street ferry dock. Do you think someone out there will rent this for $6,450 a month?

275 Conover Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

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This three-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot Red Hook townhouse features wide-plank wood floors, tin ceilings, exposed beams, decorative mantels and vintage light fixtures. And there’s a big backyard, a deck and 2.5 baths. It’s close to Fairway, Ikea, two big parks and the waterfront, but the subway at Smith and 9th Streets is over a mile away. Overall, the rent seems high given the location and the condition of the house, which is over a century old and looks like it could use some TLC. Does the plaster peeling off the chimney over the bed take “rustic” too far, considering the rent of $5,500 per month?

65 Dikeman Street [Elliman] GMAP

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Italian developer Est4te Four, which is buying into Red Hook in a big way, has released more renderings for the massive office complex it plans at 202 Coffey Street, and also closed on more property.

In December, its purchase of 62 Ferris Street closed for $16,000,000, The Brooklyn Eagle reported. The Eagle also published these additional renderings. Click through to see more.

We previously reported 62 Ferris Street was in contract here, and published three other renderings here.

What do you think of these new renderings? Will Est4te Four soon become to Red Hook what Two Trees is to Dumbo?

Est4te Four Buys Yet Another Red Hook Development Site [Eagle]
Est4te Four Coverage [Brownstoner]

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A new report says the Port Authority should sell off two of its Brooklyn ports to developers to build housing and help generate some cash, Bloomberg reported. Selling the two money-losing shipping terminals would help the bloated agency make up the $80,000,000 in revenue it lost last year while operating New York City’s ports.

The two ports are the Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal, just south of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Red Hook Container Terminal next door, according to the report by nonprofit watchdog group Citizens Budget Commission. Both are located in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, west of Cobble Hill, and the Red Hook Container Terminal also extends south into Red Hook. They lost $205,718 and $184,788 per acre last year, respectively, but only support 9 percent of New York’s cargo volume.

Obviously any housing built right on the water would go for megabucks and raises the possibility of a variance for extremely tall luxury towers, a la Williamsburg and Greenpoint. No doubt affordable housing will be part of the mix — somewhere. There’s also the question of flooding.

The CBC also suggested the Port Authority could convert some of its existing buildings to a “modern industrial park” with space for light manufacturing, like the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

What do you think?

Port Authority Should Sell Brooklyn Marine Terminals, Group Says [Bloomberg]
Photo by Manuel Ascano

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AA Studio has released renderings for its forthcoming 20 townhouses at 109-125 King Street and 74-85 Sullivan Street in Red Hook, and we think they are great! They’re contemporary but with some charming details such as arched windows that reference the architecture in the area. The colors and design of each one vary and repeat in a way reminiscent of late 19th century row house design. (If we read the rendering correctly, the pattern is A, B, C, D, E, B, A, E, B, C reversed, and A.)

New York YIMBY was the first to publish the renderings. Note they all have garages on the ground floor, with access in the front, which is unusual for high-end townhouses, at least the ones we’ve seen lately. It’s not our favorite look, but doesn’t seem to overwhelm the design, at least not in the rendering above.

Each house will be 2,625 square feet, as already reported. The developer bought the property, which houses a two-story factory, for $9,700,000 last year.

YIMBY guessed the exterior cladding planned for the houses will be a mix of brick, metal, wood, and the very popular and contemporary rusty Corten steel. Click through to see a rendering of a rooftop patio.

What do you think of the design?

Revealed: Townhomes Coming to 115 King Street, in Red Hook [NYY]
115 King Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by AA Studio via NYY

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