Showing posts with label Red Hook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red Hook. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Waterfront Museum Red Hook History Puppet Show

SATURDAY & SUNDAY JULY 12,13,19 & 20 at 3 pm.
"Out of the Box" A multi-discipline show using maps, historic images & puppets.
Advance Tickets: Adults $13, kids $10.
Tickets at door: Adults $15, kids $12.

This year, the floating home of the Waterfront Museum turns 100. By following her history, the saga of commerce, transportation and the lives of the people of the working harbor unfold. "Out of the Box" tells the story of this bustling era in NYC history before bridges and tunnels. Based on true stories using maps, models, and puppets, the show aims to entertain and enlighten audiences about what this last-surviving wooden barge carried through the eyes of a barge captain's daughter who grew up on it.

Maritime scholars and almost a dozen old-timers add their oral histories and historical accuracy to the project. The leaders of "Out of the Box" are Deborah Kauffman, a physical actor and puppeteer, Stephen Kaplin director and puppeteer, Alma Sheppard-Matsuo, puppeteer and David Sharps, captain of Lehigh Valley #79 and a former entertainer aboard cruise ships.  

The project is funded in part by the NY Council for the Humanities and the Brooklyn Arts Council NYSCA Regrant Program.

Celebrating Red Hook, Saturday July 12

A lot of fun stuff happening in Red Hook this weekend! Saturday, July 12th from noon to 10 pm there's the Celebrating Red Hook festival, a day of "Music, Art and Red Hook Manufacturing" in Erie Basin Park, behind IKEA. Admission is free!

The Red Hook Star-Revue, South Brooklyn's community newspaper, in collaboration with IKEA and Fairway Markets present "Celebrating Red Hook" featuring over thirty local Red Hook businesses showing off their work. In addition, there will be a stage where a full day of music and dance will be presented. Finally, at dusk, IKEA's annual fireworks display will dazzle the Brooklyn waterfront. All performers live or work in the Red Hook area, and participating merchants and institutions include NY Water Taxi, the Carroll Gardens Association, Red Hook Initiative, Fleisher's Pasture-Raised Meats, Leicht German Kitchen Center, Casa Kids, Art & Anvil Liberty, Fairway, Pitt Cooking Display, Red Hook Winery, and Nat Sherman tobacconists, who operate a pop up store in Red Hook every summer. There will be plenty of sampling as well as items for sale.

Live Music all day featuring:
Noon: Union Street style jam
2 00 pm: Cora Dance, "Common Dances"
2:30 pm: Happs
3:00 pm: The Paisley Fields
4:00 pm: The Chocolate Cuckoo Clocks
5:00 pm: Berst
6:00 pm: Running Thoughts
7:00 pm: The John Baab Trio
8:00 pm Union Band
With Special Guests, Nick Messitte and Jay Tanner

For more information see the Red Hook Star-Revue's website 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Local Make Music New York Events

Make Music New York is a free one-day music festival that takes place all over the city on June 21st. Anyone can take part or attend this Do-It-Yourself style festival. The goal is to get as many people outside, making music together, as possible.

There will be over 1,000 events this Saturday, June 21st. You can find the complete listings here, but here are two in Red Hook:

Baked (1-1:45p) 359 Van Brunt St, Red Hook
Enjoy the old-timey sounds of trio Sycamore Hollow comprised of Laurie Woods, guitar, Jeremy Smerd, fiddle, and Deborah Fausch, banjo.

Coffey Park: Park House Plaza (2:15-2:45p) Coffey Park, Red Hook
Dave Lippman performs singalong parodies for human rights and social and planetary survival. Some are challenging, some are singable, all are welcome.

Also, Jalopy Theater is hosting the first annual Make Music New York Porch Stomp on Governors Island from 1:00 – 5:00pm!
With over 30 performances, jams and workshops by artists ranging from bluegrass and old-time to folk and roots, this is a hootenanny you won’t want to miss. Make your way to the porches of Governors Island’s historic Nolan Park, and don’t forget to bring an instrument to play along.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How would you spend one million dollars in our community?

All three of Brooklyn Community Board 6's City Council Members - Hon. Stephen Levin (33rd C.D.), Hon. Carlos Menchaca (38th C.D.) and Hon. Brad Lander (39th C.D.) are giving their constituents an opportunity to determine how to spend $1 million in Capital funds.

If you live in one of these three council districts you are eligible to vote, even if you are not a U.S. citizen. The Columbia Waterfront District is represented by Brad Lander. If you are unsure who your Council Member is, use this online address translator to find out, or call 311.

To learn more about Participatory Budgeting, click here.

All three Council Members are hosting PB Project Exposwhere the public can learn more about the proposed projects:

Hon. Stephen Levin, 33rd Council District:
When: Wednesday, March 19th, 5-9pm
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street

Hon. Carlos Menchaca, 38th Council District:
When: Saturday, March 15th, 12-3pm
Where: Sunset Park Rec Center, 7th Avenue & 43rd Street

Hon. Brad Lander, 39th Council District:
When: Wednesday, March 19th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street

Voting will take place late March through early April.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Help for Sandy-impacted Residents

We got this message from Council Member Carlos Menchaca about resources for Sandy-impacted residents:

Red Hook,

Our community is still rebuilding seventeen months after Hurricane Sandy and I am committed to making sure our neighbors get the resources they need and deserve. In partnership with the NYC Recovery office, I am proud to be sponsoring a workshop to provide comprehensive updates on the Build It Back program.

Here are the details:

NYC Build it Back Program Information Session

P.S 15

71 Sullivan Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Thursday, March 6th 7pm-9pm

As many of you know, NYC Build it Back program offers support for those living in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The Deputy Program Director for Build it Back will be discussing assistance for single and multi-family homeowners.

Representatives from NYCHA will also be available to give updates on planned improvements

Please see the accompanying flyer for complete information.

Carlos Menchaca
Council Member, 38th Council District

Jorge Muniz
Office of Councilman Carlos Menchaca
O: (718) 439-9012 | C: (312) 608-1265

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hear New Music in Red Hook

Musician Ben Seretan let us know about a show happening in Red Hook tomorrow night on Van Dyke Street at the home of New Amsterdam Records. Described as happening in Van Dyke Park, this warehouse show is part of a series called Selective Truths, a showcase curated by Matt Evans. Check out their shows and explore new musical territory!

Tomorrow's show features saxophonist David Lackner, smooth FM mutants Blue Jazz TV, and Ben, a singer with "the voice of an angel and sheets of electric guitar waterfalls."

David Lackner: 8PM
Blue Jazz TV: 9PM
Ben Seretan: 10PM

Thursday 1/23 in Van Dyke Park
98A Van Dyke Street in Red Hook between Van Brunt and Richards

Here's the facebook event:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Special Performance: Job in Red Hook - Tue, Dec 17th at 6pm

A Special Performance of the Book of Job (Job in Red Hook) will commemorate the year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy at the Friends of Firefighters (199 Van Brunt St Brooklyn, NY) next Tuesday, Dec 17th at 6pm. Tickets are free, but are seats are limited and must be reserved by emailing

More details at:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Park Bagels: Six Months Out and Already a Neighborhood Staple

When Stefano Mannino came to Red Hook last winter to size up some for-sale kitchen equipment offered by the then going-out-of-business South Brooklyn Bagel Cafe at 75 Hamilton Avenue, he had no idea he was heading towards the resting place of his third Park Bagels branch. As soon as he saw the
incredible location and space left by the previous business, however, he signed on the dotted line and started to build.

And lucky for us: a little over six months after their opening day, the cafe is doing a roaring trade in fresh, made-to-order breakfast and lunch fare, provided by some of the friendliest people in the City.

The bagel cafe has become a go-to spot for the longshoreman who work the nearby Red Hook cargo docks (the only operational dock left in Brooklyn--all the rest are on the New Jersey side of the Hudson), locals and commuters on their way to and from work, moms, dads, caretakers and kids, as well as those of us who simply cannot resist a good bagel, sandwich or cup of coffee.
Stefano Mannino
Speaking of coffee, if you have already been here and you think their brew is something to rave about, you’re not the only one. “99% of people say our coffee is amazing”, says Stefano Mannino, owner, with the remaining 1% coming in on the “too strong” side of the tracks. Their sourcing team went through over 100 different brands before finding the perfect one, and have settled on a selection that will simply melt your soul. An easygoing $1.25 (plus tax = about $1.36) gets you a cup of regular coffee, and $2.00 will place a delicious, nutty, ka-powwwerlicious espresso into your hands.

All three Park Bagels locations were opened and are run by Mannino, with the help of his two brothers, Vinny and Frankie. Mannino opened his first cafe in 2004 on 86th Street in Brooklyn, and last May he cut the tape on a Staten Island location just a few steps from the Saint George Ferry Terminal.

Vinny Mannino

The Red Hook menu is still being finalized as they continue to take into account all the suggestions and requests being made by patrons, so keep an eye out for exciting new items. Recently added: french toast. They offer tofu cream cheese and soy milk for the dairy-averted, and are currently working on a couple of vegan dishes as well.

Plans are under way to revamp the two already well-used seating areas, and are projected to be ready for spring 2014. The aim, says Mannino, is to make the cafe and garden “more of a destination” with greenery, an inviting, open design, twinkling lights, and easy stroller access. Those with kids, take note!

Park Bagels
75 Hamilton Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

M-F 6am-5pm
Sat 7am-3pm
Sun Closed

Monday, November 18, 2013

Help Red Hook Strategize for the Future!

TOMORROW, November 19, 7-8:30pm
New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program at the Miccio Community Center 
(110 West 9th Street between Henry & Clinton St.)

The NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program is helping communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy to rebuild and become more resilient through innovative community-driven plans that consider current damage, future threats to community assets, and the community's economic future. Over the past several months Red Hook's Community Committee has taken the community's input and with the help of our Planning Advisors, have identified and documented the Needs and Opportunities, local to our waterfront community.  You can see the final document published here -

The Event will be a series of round table discussions so we can talk, neighbor to neighbor about our visions, and ideas, and explore our future reconstruction. 

The next step is to create a set of Strategies, linked to our Needs and Opportunities. These Strategies will lead to specific projects to help us reach our resilient community goals. Identifying these Strategies is critical to laying the foundation, and we need your voice and input.

Visit the Red Hook Community Reconstruction Program website for more information about the program, project and up to date process at

Join the conversation using #NYRising

If you want to provide more detail and input, see this interactive map where you can give detailed ideas on the shape of Red Hook's future:

Monday, October 14, 2013

Rhombus Space -- New Gallery in Red Hook

183 Lorraine Street
3rd Floor of the Art Spaces/Studio Complex
Red Hook
Jessica Campbell, YEAH NO TOTALLY, 

varying materials and size, 2012/2013
Poetry Slam exhibit (closed)

Ann Stewart, Tethering Corollaries II,
etching and aquatint on paper, 18 x 24"
Fine Lines exhibit (open Oct. 18)
Samuel Jablon, Poet Sculpture, variable 

dimensions, enamel on plywood, 2013
Poetry Slam exhibit (closed)
Katerina Lanfranco -- artist, curator and founder of Rhombus Space, in Red Hook -- is excited to be able to showcase and promote the work of artists whom she sees as truly contributing to the contemporary art dialogue. She opened Rhombus Space on September 20th of this year, and just wrapped up the space's first show, Poetry Slam, which closed Sunday, October 13. The show explored four artists' use of text in their visual art, and pieces included paintings, drawings, sculpture, installation and video. Featured artists were: damali abrams (lower case intentional), Jessica Campbell, Samuel Jablon, and Mwamba-Salim Wilson.

Lanfranco says that what gives Rhombus Space it's strength is "the dialogue that emerges from the grouping in each show", and invites people to not only focus on the individual artists and works, but on how they interact, how they compliment and inform each other.

Rhombus Space's forthcoming show, Fine Lines, is slated to open October 18, and aims to carry patrons "between familiar form and elegant abstraction" by exploring line as the primary artistic element and building block of the works shown. Featured artists will be Helen Dennis, Nils Folke Anderson, Jason Peters, and Ann Stewart, each of whom utilizes architectonic design and architectural references in their work, with the aim to bring the world of line and shape that is all around us into new and unexpected perspectives. Works will range from painting, drawing and printmaking to photography and sculpture.

Lanfranco is also hugely pleased to announce that the gallery will be participating in the Gowanus Open Studios event this weekend. The event is free, and will be open October 19 and 20, 12-5pm. Many of the other spaces and studios in the 183 Lorraine Street complex will be opening their doors for the event, so bring some snacks, some friends, yourself (or any combination thereof!) and enjoy some great hours of art absorption.

A few more teasers from Fine Lines:

Nils Anderson, Untitled, Acrylic on canvas, 7"x21"

Nils Anderson,Bench, Painted wood, 17"x13"x48"
Helen Dennis, Grand Central, NYC, photographic drawing, 40 x 48"

Jason Peters, untitled, silver ink on black paper, 11 by 11 by 16.5

Poetry Slam (closed)
September 20 -- October 13, 2013 
More information about this show and the artists can be found at:

Fine Lines
October 18 -- November 17, 2013
Reception: Friday October 18
6:00-8:00 PM
More information about this show and the artists can be found at:

Gowanus Open Studios
October 19 -- 20, 1013
12:00-- 5:00 PM
More information about this event can be found at:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Red Hook Playgroup Tours Now Available

Red Hook Playgroup is a progressive preschool founded by Red Hook parents, and the school has become an active part of our community. They are members of the community gardens and take their kids to Mother Cabrini Playground and field trips in the neighborhood. Priority is given to Columbia Waterfront and Red Hook residents, and they are now scheduling tours for families interested in applying for the 2014-2015 school year. Tours will take place from October to early December. See teachers and their classrooms in action, learn about RHP's educational philosophy and approach, and discuss any questions you have about the program and policies with RHP's Directors.

Visit to find more information and an application form. Once your form is submitted, you will receive an email within a few days confirming your tour date. 

Red Hook Playgroup is located at 295 Columbia Street between Woodhull and Summit. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Five Questions for Kings Coffee

If you ever walk down Carroll Street between Columbia and Van Brunt, you may have noticed a tiny espresso bar called Kings Coffee. Co-owned by brothers Dominic and John, Kings Coffee sells beans and coffee that they will lovingly brew for you have a few minutes to linger. We asked them to answer our Five Questions for a Local Business. 

1. How did Kings Coffee come to be in the Columbia Waterfront District?

My Great Grandfather, John Vitale, was an artist who immigrated to the United States from Napoli. He opened his photo studio on the 2nd floor of 221 Columbia Street and settled his family into the 3rd floor. Thus, Great Grandpa John established my family's roots on the Waterfront. As my brother John and I set out to find a home for Kings Coffee, fate steered us from other neighborhoods and led us back to where Great Grandpa John had his start.

2. What should we know about your coffee? Will you be selling beans as well as cups of coffee?

My brother and I spent two years apprenticing under a Master Italian Roaster in Bensonhurst whom everyone affectionately calls Mister Joe. After 50 years in the business, Mister Joe decided it was time to retire. And so, he taught John and I his traditions and trusted us to continue his legacy. Mister Joe has an incredible pallet and during his career he perfected two blends of coffee. These two blends of coffee, Mister Joe's Espresso and Mister Joe's Americano, as well as, a single origin Decaffeinato, can be purchased at Kings Coffee.

Kings Coffee also has a small Espresso Bar where you can purchase cups of coffee, mostly in the Italian style with a notable exception, the Breükelen Dutch. A nod to Brooklyn's roots and brewed with the first CoffeeGa Ridge 3.2 in the country, the Dutch Cold Brew method produces one of the finest cups, both smooth and flavorful with noticeably less acidity. You can purchase flasks of the Breükelen Dutch concentrate so you can take the experience with you on life's adventures. Better yet, come back with your stories and your bottle and we'll gladly refill it at a discounted rate.

3. What is your favorite spot in the Columbia Waterfront?

We are lucky to have Chris and his team at Christopher Webb Films as our neighbors. Having creative minds gathering just down the block – or with us when they escape for coffee breaks – is infectious and inspiring.

4. What's your favorite meal in the Columbia Waterfront?

Less of a meal and more of a snack. I have an awful sweet tooth and a wonderful chocolate factory to cater to it. The chocolate from Cacao Prieto is decadent and pairs wonderfully with our Breükelen Dutch, an indulgence you can only experience on the Waterfront.

5. Anything to add?

We will be celebrating our One Year Anniversary on August 4th. We would love to see you and your readers there.

Kings Coffee is offering Word on Columbia Street readers $1 off your next purchase at Kings Coffee when you mention The Word on Columbia Street, good until July 31st, 2013. Conditions apply. Limited one per customer.

Thanks, Dominic!

Kings Coffee is at 
37 Carroll St (between Columbia and Van Brunt)
Website coming soon at

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rooftop Films at the Waterfront Museum!

Rooftop Films comes to Red Hook on Thursday, August 1 at the Waterfront Museum aboard the 914 Lehigh Valley Barge #79, In the water at 290 Conover Street. (Next to Fairway.)

The Expedition to the End of the World (Daniel Dencik | Denmark | 88 min.) NY Premiere
Rooftop sets to sea for this spirited documentary about a three-mast sailboat full of daring artists and off-beat scientists exploring territory only recently revealed by polar ice melts.

*Preceded by:
Reindeer (Eva Weber | 6 min.)
A poetic study in movement and sound, this film takes you on a journey to the twilight expanses of the Lappish wilderness to experience the ancient practice of reindeer herding or ‘husbandry’.

7:30PM: Doors Open
8:00PM: Live Music by Biet and Black
8:30PM: Films Begin
10:30PM-12:00AM: After Party at Brooklyn Crab (24 Reed Street) courtesy of Red Stripe & Tito's Vodka

Tickets and more information:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Red Hook Fest (May 30 - June 1) Begins Festivities Tonight!

This evening kicks off the festivities for the 20th Annual Red Hook Fest

This free 20th annual festival's theme and truly Red Hook's undercurrent in the past months has been "Rebuild, Restore, Rebirth: Resilience after Sandy."  The annual Red Hook Earth and Surf Parade has even been reborn this year - after an 11 year lull! Check out their website for more info.

Festivity Lineup:
  • Thursday, May 30th from 6pm - 8pm at the Miccio Center (110 West 9th St) - Youth Kick-Off Event
  • Friday, May 31st from 6pm - 9pm at PS 15 (71 Sullivan St)  - Community BBQ & Dance Party
  • Red Hook Rebirth Parade begins from Coffey Park (Richards St & Pioneer St) at 10 am on Saturday, June 1st  

The mainstage performances will take place at Valentino Pier & Park and the festival will include special activities such as free Kayak rides in New York Harbor thanks to the Red Hook Boaters and other various fun and activities for all ages sponsored by community partners. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Brooklyn Studio Tours June 1 and 2

Check out the fifth annual Brooklyn Studio Tours  in Red Hook and Carroll Gardens on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from 12PM-6PM. View art in the artists' own studios or in a local business that supports the arts. 

Many studios in the neighborhood will open their doors and businesses like Brooklyn Collective, Margaret Palca Bakes, and Clayworks are participating. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Restore Red Hook and Pietro’s Fight, which raises funds to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy. 

For more information:
Brooklyn Studio Tours

Friday, May 24, 2013

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative's Annual Summer Benefit - Surf + Turf + Earth

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative's Annual Summer Benefit is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook. Tickets start at $150 (till June 15th) and the event's website touts:

"Unbeatable views of Lady Liberty, New York Harbor and the lower Manhattan skyline are yours for the evening! Open bar, live music, dessert and after-party at Hometown Bar-B-Que are included. Festive summer attire suggested.

This year’s event will feature tastings of seafood and land-food from some of South Brooklyn’s distinctive eateries, including: Brooklyn CrabCourt Street Grocers,Fairway MarketFletcher’s Brooklyn Barbeque, Hometown Bar-B-Que, Littleneck,Luke’s LobsterMile EndM.O.B.Petite CrevetteRobicelli’sSteve’s Authentic Key Lime PiesWatty & Meg, and more!"
Sounds like good food and a lively party for a worthwhile endeavor. If you are interested you can purchase your tickets below:
Eventbrite - BGI Annual Summer Benefit

Monday, April 8, 2013

Red Hook Prom Fundraiser

ok now this sounds really fun... 

Saturday, May 11 is the Red Hook Prom!
For more information, email Katie Dean at kdean (at) or call 718-858-2520

A Benefit for Cora Dance
Saturday, May 11 at 7pm
at South Brooklyn Community High School, 173 Conover Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Tickets $100 or pay-what-you-can (suggested minimum: $20)
Voluntarily produced by home/made

Fasten your corsage, put on your dancing shoes, and come celebrate the start of summer and show the invincible Red Hook the love (and party) it deserves. On Saturday, May 11 at 7pm, Red Hook, Brooklyn is having a prom like you’ve never seen. Come to South Brooklyn Community High School at 173 Conover Street, walk up to the gym and help us celebrate this amazing neighborhood.

The event, voluntarily produced by Red Hook’s own home/made (a restaurant and catering company), features delicious food, punch (spiked, just like we remember), sweet tunes by DJ Body Rock (yes, you read correctly) spinning 80’s jams and requests, dance lessons from Cora Dance pros, a photo booth, the knighting of Prom King and Queen- nominations are local "celebrities" including Dana Athens, Stella Dora, Reg Flowers, Solomon Goodwin among others, and many more surprises!!!

The evening’s performances include excerpts of Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance’s newest work "Bench" (with dancers Solomon Goodwin and Sarah Burke) part of a larger work to premiere in Spring 2014 in Red Hook.

In addition to performances, the evening will include a silent auction, with beginning bids ranging from $5 up to several hundred. Items include tickets to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, spa packages, classes for kids and adults, vacation packages to the Berkshires and Disneyworld, and much much more!

The Red Hook Prom is the annual gala benefiting Cora Dance, a vital arts organization keeping Red Hook strong. We hope you will join us. All the proceeds of the evening go to support our 7 days a week of pay-what-you-can dance classes for ages 4 to 94+, as well as supporting the development of Red Hook’s first studio theater where the community can see our work, the work of other community artists and beyond.

So doubleknot your scrunchie, tighten your bowtie, and help us celebrate a neighborhood that just won’t quit!

Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $100 (suggested minimum $20) and can be purchased online at or at the door.

Table reservations for companies or groups- COOL KIDS’ TABLE for $1000: A limited number of seated prom tables will be available. Tables seat six and include VIP entry, commemorative table photos, and corsages/boutonnieres.

For more information, email Katie Dean at kdean [at], call 718-858-2520 or

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cora Dance performances this week


@ the Cora Studio-Theater, 201 Richards Street, Buzzer #15
between Coffey and Van Dyke Streets, Red Hook, Brooklyn NYC

March 1-2; March 6-9 @ 8pm: Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance presents "down here"
w/ guest choreographers Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edIt) Arts (March 1 & 2);
Courtney Cooke, (March 6 & 8); and Katie Dean (March 7 & 9)
Tickets: $20 or pay-what-you-can. Tickets are available at the door or

About Courtney Cooke, (March 6 and 8 at 8pm)

Courtney Cooke's newest work "Steeper Beast" is a tightly structured
improvisation exploring research in the body as a vessel for hypnotic
states, trances, regressive behavior, relationships, and time travel.
About Katie Dean, (March 7 and 9 at 8pm)

Katie presents "Royal Jelly", an exploration of nostalgia, our
collections, the Golden Record, symmetry, iPhones, lust and randomness. A
Waiting for Godot-ish 20 or so minutes of the moments in between.
Performed by Airin Dalton, Megan Harrold, and Nadia Tykulsker. Sound
design created in collaboration with Heather Bregman. Set design in
collaboration with Michael Drake.

About the Cora Theater

The Cora Studio-Theater is an intimate 750 square foot performance space
which debuted as a theater in 2012. Home to the professional company
Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance and its educational program, Cora School for
Dance, the studio is a laboratory for addressing the impediments that keep
many underserved populations from taking part in the arts. The theater
will host over 20 evenings of live performance in 2013 by Cora Dance,
students, guest artists and others. All programs and performances at The
Cora Studio are pay-what-you-can and no one is ever turned away based on
what she/he can afford. Cora is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. The
Cora Studio-Theater is proudly located in Red Hook, Brooklyn at 201
Richards St between Coffey and Van Dyke Streets. For more information,

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shop Red Hook!

Help Red Hook get through a tough winter of recovery by doing your holiday gift shopping below the Battery Tunnel. Most of the neighborhood's unique shops and eateries have reopened for business. Here are just a few of my favorites. Add your recommendations below in the comments. 

Red Hook wine store Botta Di Vino offers free gift wrapping and special offers, some of which include free glassware, 10% case discounts and 5% discounts on 6 bottles. Gift certificates can be ordered over the phone and shipped to you. They also offer free delivery on most case sales.
357 Van Brunt Street

Shopping Metal and Thread is like exploring a mysterious gallery of jewelry and art. All the work here is handmade from metal, thread, felt, leather, gemstones, and whatever else these artists feel they can turn into something unique and unusual. They'll wrap your purchases in vintage reusable bags, and they are including a pair of drop earrings with each purchase, while supplies last. They post specials at, and you can donate to help them rebuild their workshop at
398 Van Brunt Street

Next door is Foxy and Winston, one of my go-to gift shops. I love their whimsical bags, children's clothing, and unique greeting cards. While you're there, say hi to Miss Hope the Beagle, who watches over the store. 
392 Van Brunt Street

Across the street, Baked is back at it, serving up their delectable cakes, bars, pies, and cookies. How about one of those Baked t-shirts or cookbooks for the aspiring chef in your life?
359 Van Brunt Street

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie was flooded by three feet of water but they are open to the public again for pie purchases. They're also fundraising at to repair the damage to their building and equipment. 
204 Van Dyke Street, Pier 41

Also hard hit but open again is Flickinger Glassworks, who have one-of-a-kind enameled tableware and lighting. 
204-207 Van Dyke Street, Pier 41

If you are looking for a gift for a dancer or a fan of dance, consider a donation to Cora Studio in their name. Cora Studio offers pay-what-you-can dance classes and rehearsal space rentals. Their electrical system was damaged and they lost thousands in income after the storm.  
201 Richards Street between Coffey and Van Dyke Streets

Lots of bars and restaurants are open too! One of my favorites, Hope and Anchor, will write up a gift certificate for your friend who loves a hearty meal and breakfast any time of day.  
347 Van Brunt Street

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Things Happening in the 'Hood this Week

Here are some events happening in and around the 'Front this week. (Like that? I just made up that nickname for the neighborhood. Maybe it will catch on...)

Thursday, November 29 
Jalopy is having a benefit show for the Red Hook recovery with The Red Hook RamblersBuffie RoseanneThe Dalton Family SingersBrian Speaker and The Charles Mansfield Band. Click here to buy Tickets! 
9pm, $5
Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, 315 Columbia Street, between Woodhull and Rapeleye

Friday, November 30
Dry Dock is having one of their free Friday night wine tastings. This week, it's USA wines, Pinot noir and riesling. "Just because it's gotten cold doesn't mean you don't need something light bodied or sweet in your life."
5:30-8:30pm, free
Dry Dock Wine and Spirits, at their temporary outpost at 370 Van Brunt between Wolcott and Dikeman

Saturday, December 1
MicNik Lounge is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund with DJ D, Lady Creme, Carrie Whitenoise, and DJ|JD. All proceeds go to hurricane recovery.
5pm to 2am, $5 minimum donation
MicNik 200 Columbia Street, between Sackett and Degraw

Sunday, December 2
Eat Pie and Shop
PS 29 is hosting their 4th Annual Benefit with Pie Social and Celebrity Judged Contest; Local Gift Fair, Kid’s Crafts and Portrait Studio. For more information, including a list of all vendors and information on how to enter a pie, please visit
11am to 4pm, free
PS 29, 425 Henry Street, between Baltic and Kane