04/04/14 8:57am
red hook secret garden

The Red Hook Secret Garden: New power players in the election scene

It was only a matter of time, of course, before participatory budgeting was going to go from quaint idea getting more people involved in democracy to brutal fights between neighbors who poured money into electioneering efforts. And now supporters of the Red Hook Secret Garden, a garden next to the Red Hook public library, released an attack ad against their opponents in the contest for a slice of city money. Nah, just kidding, it’s actually a very nice video about how sweet it would be to restore the garden. (more…)

04/03/14 2:03pm
grilled cheese

Tastes even better when someone else makes it and it’s free. via Flickr user Lucas Richarz

Grilled cheese is great comfort food, no matter if it’s incredibly cold or if things eventually someday warm up, like we think it will. And the only thing that makes comfort food more comforting is if someone just hands it to you for free, with barely any effort having to come on your part. Oh and hey, look at that, next Saturday, April 12, is National Grilled Cheese Day, and Brooklyn Slate Company is celebrating by just handing out grilled cheese. (more…)

10/30/13 8:49am

Rocky Sullivan's red hook

Rocky Sullivan’s
34 Van Dyke Street
Red Hook
(718) 246 – 8050

What it is: A cavernous Irish bar in Red Hook with a strong sense of community, clearly demarcated favorite local teams, two huge rooms and a menu that moves past your typical pub fare while still staying affordable.

Why we love it: Unlike Irish bars that are content with just hanging a flag and serving Guiness, Rocky’s hosts weekly Irish classes in case you wanted to learn and regularly host Irish bands of the traditional and contemporary variety. Also the “clearly stating what teams they like” thing is refreshing. In a town where sports bars try to appeal to every fan, Rocky’s proudly wears their Rangers, Mets and Jets colors. It helps too that it attracts a crowd that will talk hockey with you and offers a real sense of community, and that the bar has a staff that is endlessly hospitable. (more…)

10/22/13 2:42pm
I will take 4 dozen more, please. via Flickr user Jenn Larsen

I will take 4 dozen more, please. via Flickr user Jenn Larsen

You like oysters? Actually maybe this is more for the folks who love oysters. Love them more than any other seafood option available to people. Because if you feel that way, have we got news for you: Brooklyn Crab is throwing an oyster festival this Saturday where people will celebrate (read: eat) oysters for three hours. And to wash it down, all the beer you can drink. Yeah, that’s a good Saturday right there. (more…)

09/26/13 3:43pm
There are worse things you can do to your kids, we guess. via Columbia Street Gym

There are worse things you can do to your kids. We think. via Columbia Street Gym

Does your little tyke scale the sofa like it’s mini-Everest and make obstacle courses out of laundry piles, but just putting a basketball in her hands sends her screeching for the iPad? Races his brother up the stairs every day, but locked himself in his room the first day of peewee football? Well, maybe you guys just haven’t found the right outlet for his competitive, agile spirit. What if there were a way for your young’un to pursue his penchant for alternative exercise, but in an organized sports setting? Like, say, CrossFit? (more…)

08/19/13 2:37pm
Here is a place you can drink again (via flickr user waywuiwei)

Here is a place you can drink again (via flickr user waywuiwei)

No one ever said owning a bar in Brooklyn was easy. You’ve got people stealing your life preservers and urinal ornaments, lousy kids with their fake IDs and also hurricanes. Fortunately for all of us, legendary Red Hook bar Sunny’s has conquered that last one and will be reopening later this month after two successful crowdfunding attempts. Hooray for the providers of alcohol! (more…)

08/16/13 2:44pm
We're not about subtlety here, and we're not about backing down from any stupid storm either.

We’re not about subtlety here, and we’re not about backing down from any stupid storm either.

For six years now, the Red Hook Film and Video Festival has been doing the work of bringing international talent to Brooklyn to showcase their stuff. Often the festival has a loose Brooklyn theme. This year will different: they’re pulling together a tighter theme, “The Wake of Hurricane Sandy,” which is, of course also exactly what it sounds like. They’re also asking for submissions right now, so if you’ve produced a film, video, animation, video artwork, or commercial product in the last two years, now is the time to let it shine. (more…)

08/07/13 10:22am
Courtesy Pro-Zak's flickr

All the Internet, coming soon! (Via flickr user Pro-Zak)

Well, this sounds awesome. A significant portion of Red Hook is about to get a little tech upgrade, thanks to the efforts of the Red Hook Initiative; they’ll be installing a free wireless network around the neighborhood. The project is spearheaded by Tony Schloss, RHI’s director of media programs; he and a group of neighborhood young adults involved in the youth-and-community-outreach organization, dubbed “Digital Stewards,” have been hard at work installing antennae on top of the RHI building and around Coffey Park, creating a significant wireless hotspot area. (more…)

07/23/13 1:02pm
Just like this, but uh, no picture. via Flickr user onepointzero

Just like this, but uh, no picture. via Flickr user onepointzero

Love video games but think they’re just a bit too easy for you? Obsessed with performing a Tommy-like feat of arcade brilliance but afraid of wearing a bandana to simulate blindness? Have we got a deal for you! For the low price of free, you can grab an “Asteroids” arcade cabinet that still works, except that it doesn’t show anything on the screen. (more…)

07/23/13 9:12am
The Piaztlan truck is one of the many wonders you can find at the Red Hook ball fields. Photo by Justin Mair

The Piaztlan truck is one of the many wonders you can find at the Red Hook ball fields. Photo by Justin Mair

Aside from the transit options helping you avoid DUI’s in your 20s, one of the best things about New York is that Latin American food isn’t just “Latin.” It’s Brasilian, Venezuelan, El Salvadorian. There are subtle nuances in each that are lost in suburbia. And every weekend, Red Hook is the place to be if you want to sample it all, when the soccer fields between Court Street and Columbia Street become the home of food trucks representing countries across Latin America. Despite being difficult to get to, if you arm yourself with $20, the trip is more than worth it. (more…)