Red Hook Brooklyn -- Row House Gut Renovation

This month marks Brownstoner’s Steel Anniversary. We’re taking some time to look back at our past, even as we design a new future.

A sunken living room with a fireplace. A bathtub with a view. A secret garden. Balconies and roof decks. Even a 40-foot-tall fluorescent light installation running from basement to roof.

In designing his home in Red Hook, a circa-1900 brick row house on a cobbled street one block from the water, and carrying out a near-total renovation of what was little more than a shell, Thomas Warnke put in pretty much everything he ever wanted. (more…)

Red Hook Brooklyn -- 764 Court St Electric Welding Co

This month marks Brownstoner’s Steel Anniversary. We’re taking some time to look back at our past, even as we design a new future.

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Modern steel-frame construction dates back to the 1880s. The idea of using iron or steel to support a building had been around for a while, but prior to 1885 it was only used for small elements, such as in the framework of an oriel or bay, and only used in structures of only a few stories. (more…)

Est4te Four's Red Hook Development Renderings by Raft

Feast your eyes on new renderings of the future Red Hook Innovation Studios. The dreamy designs were released this week by Raft Architects, showing off the greenery-hemmed plazas and bike-friendly spaces planned for the $100,000,000 office complex. YIMBY was the first to report on the renderings.

Developer Est4te Four began buying up parcels of Red Hook waterfront in 2012, acquiring a total of six sites for $61,000,000. Their plan is to turn the area into a mecca for creative business. The current design entails rehabbing an existing shipping terminal and building several new office buildings, in addition to a parking garage hidden beneath a diamond-patterned lawn.


IKEA Red Hook Controversy

If you ever visit the IKEA in Red Hook, you might think it a buzzing furniture-shopper’s paradise. Admiring the store’s striking views of the Statue of Liberty, your shopping bags filled with particle board and your stomach filled with lingonberry, you might assume that the IKEA couldn’t have inspired an ounce of controversy. But oh how wrong you’d be.

In the great tradition of Brooklyn mega-developments, the construction of the Red Hook IKEA was passionately opposed on multiple fronts. Here’s a brief look back at the dramatic saga of the Red Hook IKEA.



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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)

46 Sullivan Street, Bethelship, KL, PS 1

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…)

revere sugar refinery 1

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