RED HOOK TIMELINE

“Don’t be afraid of the changing tide. Communities change. The goal is not to be afraid to say…’How can I be a part of that change?'”

-Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

1636: Red Hook is settled by Dutch colonists from New Amsterdam

1636: Red Hook is settled by Dutch colonists from New Amsterdam

They named the area “Roode Hoek,” meaning “red point.” The name refers to the reddish color of the clay soil and the hook-shaped point that protruded out into the Upper New York Bay around what is now Dikeman Street west of Ferris Street.  Those who live in the eastern area of Red Hook have called that neighborhood “The Point” since the 1880s. Citation:…

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1776: Red Hook’s Fort Defiance plays an important role in the Revolutionary War.

The British war ship, the Roebuck, headed toward Fort Defiance. However, American soldiers were ready for battle. Using cannons built on the fort to keep the British at bay, the Americans were able to prevent one of the most detrimental battles of the war from occurring that day. Citation: http://redhookwaterfront.com/2015/10/heres-how-red-hooks-fort-defiance-changed-the-revolutionary-war/

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1843: The Erie Basin began to be constructed by Irish immigrant William Beard.

Located at the southwest edge of Red Hook, this basin became a hub for ship repair and grain storage, especially during the Civil War.

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1875: The Statue of Liberty began to be built, providing a front facing view of the iconic statue for Red Hook residents

1875: The Statue of Liberty began to be built, providing a front facing view of the iconic statue for Red Hook residents

1920s: Red Hook becomes the busiest freight port in the world

1920s: Red Hook becomes the busiest freight port in the world

Shipping became central to the economy of Red Hook in the 1840s and continued to dominate the neighborhood’s economy until the 1960s when the proliferation of shipping containers moved the bulk of the industry to larger, newer ports in New Jersey. Photo courtesy of wiredny.com

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1939: Red Hook Houses are opened

1939: Red Hook Houses are opened

The housing development is one of the first built in the city by the New York City Housing Authority, which was founded in 1932. The Red Hook Houses currently comprises 28 buildings and more than 6,000 residents, making it the largest public housing development in Brooklyn. Photo: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/gsc.5a03613/

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1946: The Gowanus Expressway/Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

1946: The Gowanus Expressway/Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

The Gowanus Expressway is opened, followed by the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel four years later. While these projects helped connect Brooklyn to other parts of New York City, they effectively cut Red Hook off from the rest of the borough. Photo: Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority  

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1960s: Red Hook Industry Drought

The 60’s marked the beginning or a industry drought for Red Hook. Unfortunately, many port business moved to New Jersey, leaving several Red Hook residents unemployed. However, new businesses and job opportunities have since came to Red Hook.

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1970s: Crime invades Red Hook

Crime invaded Red Hook, driving many of its residents to find a home elsewhere. Now, crime has decreased significantly and the community has become a safer place to live.  

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1988: Crack Capital of America

1988: Crack Capital of America

LIFE magazine labeled the Red Hook Houses complex as the “crack capital of America.” Photo: https://www.psmag.com  

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1992: Public School 15 Principal Patrick Daly is shot and killed [VIDEO]

1992: Public School 15 Principal Patrick Daly is shot and killed [VIDEO]

  Ciatation:Beloved Public School 15 Principal Patrick Daly is shot and killed as he searched for a missing student in the Red Hook Houses.  

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2000: The Red Hook Community Justice Center is founded [VIDEO]

2000: The Red Hook Community Justice Center is founded [VIDEO]

The innovative community court handles civil, family, and criminal cases, offering a range of penalty options and services, including counselling, psychotherapy, and social services.

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2006: Fairway and Ikea opens its stores

2006: Fairway and Ikea opens its stores

Fairway’s fourth store opens in Red Hook, followed by New York’s first Ikea outlet two years later. While both businesses drew concerns of gentrification in Red Hook, they have provided significant numbers of jobs and visitors to the neighborhood.

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2012: Hurricane Sandy hits New York

2012: Hurricane Sandy hits New York

Red Hook, surrounded on three sides by water, was one of the most heavily flooded neighborhoods in the city. The community came together like never before. Photo: https://www.silive.com/news/2012/11/uja-federation_of_new_york_is.html  

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2013: BASIS Independent Brooklyn School opens in Red Hook

2013: BASIS Independent Brooklyn School opens in Red Hook

BASIS Independent Brooklyn School opens in Red Hook, introducing a rigorous and revolutionary curriculum for children in grades K-12. The private school’s tuition is $30,200, but it offers two lucky children a scholarship each year if they live in Red Hook’s public housing. Photo:https://www.niche.com/k12/basis-independent-brooklyn-brooklyn-ny/

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2015: NYPD implements the Neighborhood Policing Philosophy

2016: PSA 1 became a neighborhood policing command [VIDEO]

2016: PSA 1 became a neighborhood policing command [VIDEO]

PSA 1 became a neighborhood policing command in October 2016; the 76 Precinct in April 2017. #MyNYCStory is launched.  

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2016: RHI’s Red Hook WIFI

2016: RHI’s Red Hook WIFI

Red Hook Iniatives  RHI’s Red Hook WIFI is a community wireless broadband network that provides Internet access free to users within the community. From January through June 2016, Red Hook WIFI was accessed more than 15,624 times by over 3000 individual users.

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2017: NYPD Strategic Communications Fellowship program is launched

2017: NYPD Strategic Communications Fellowship program is launched

This fellowship program provides to allow youth from the community to work with NYPD staff to learn about communication in various media (graphics, speeches, video, social media, written materials).

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The Future: Community Involvement [VIDEO]

The Future: Community Involvement [VIDEO]

The Future: Economic Development [VIDEO]

The Future: Economic Development [VIDEO]

The Future: Virtual Reality

The Future: Virtual Reality

The New York City Police Foundation has partnered with NYC Media Lab to develop a series of scenarios for virtual reality. These scenarios, geared towards Learning Labs across New York City, cover a wide range of youth-related issues, including bullying, policing, mental health, and social media.

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The Future: Transportation

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been strongly supporting and promoting the development of a streetcar service from Queens to Red Hook (expected completion date 2024).

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The Future: Housing

AECOM, the construction and engineering firm, has a massive proposal to redevelop 130 acres of Red Hook waterfront into a mixed community as well as extending the 1 subway line from Manhattan.

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