View Full Version : A bit of Red Hook

August 29th, 2003, 08:05 PM
Don't get all excited, 'cause when I said a bit I meant a bit. Most of these are views from and not of.

Cobblestone to the water


Looking back from the Valentino Pier


That arm must be tired..


Governors Island and Joizee


Downtown Manhattan


Of course to get there, we had to drive through. My father and I agreed that this seems to be the 'forgotten neigborhood'. It just looks... forgotten. Lots of empty lots, not many people around, kind of lonely. There were some more active spots than others, namely around the projects and on the Beard St pier, but for the most part it was deserted.

I saw where the Fairway is going to be. The windows are being replaced.

August 29th, 2003, 09:34 PM
It has a forlorn beauty.

"That arm must be tired.." The Miracle of Liberty - She never tires!

September 9th, 2003, 08:43 PM
A little bit more Red Hook:


The point source of evil in the universe - Time Warner Cable

Popular diversion on Ferris St - Let's run down the photographer.

One block from Valentino pier. A bit of life on Coffey St.

Shiver Me Timbers! His brain is potting soil.

Nice little house

Sidewalk patio

Edward seems to have a thing for these. :wink:

September 9th, 2003, 09:42 PM
I passed the dish array too. It looks extraterrestrial.

September 9th, 2003, 10:44 PM
That 'Happy Hookers' sign is precious. I love the Ferris Street shot, 'Do Not Enter' sign does not come close.

November 26th, 2003, 11:47 PM
New York Newsday

A Year Without A Single Homicide

By Rocco Parascandola

Staff Writer

November 25, 2003, 11:11 PM EST

The dispute, fueled by drugs, ended, as is often the case, with fatal gunfire, Dwayne Crawford crumpling to the ground in a pool of blood.

That was Oct. 1 of last year.

Since then, the 76th Precinct, which covers Red Hook, has not logged a single homicide. If the trend holds, the precinct, which has gone more than 12 months without a killing, could end this year homicide-free.

It would be the first time in at least 35 years.

The turnaround comes as Red Hook is experiencing a revival, with newcomers discovering a neighborhood that is five minutes from Manhattan, sits on the waterfront and has an eclectic housing mix.

It was 11 years ago that Red Hook made headlines for all the wrong reasons, most notably when Patrick Daly, the principal of PS 15, was killed in the crossfire between drug dealers as he searched for a 9-year-old boy who fled school crying after a fight.

Today, as November nears its end, police in the precinct are far from unoccupied. Robberies, for instance, are up 26 percent through Sunday, but overall violent crime in the 76th has dropped 3 percent.

According to the Police Department, the precinct has not been murder-free since at least 1968, the last year for which statistics were immediately available.

For Carroll Gardens or Cobble Hill, other neighborhoods in the 76th, a year with no murders is not unusual. For Red Hook, it is practically unheard of.

Newsday was prohibited from speaking with precinct commanders, officers or detectives about what measures police have used to help drive crime down in Red Hook.

Precinct sources, however, point to Daly's death as a watershed moment. The slaying, the neighborhood's most high-profile in a rash of killings fueled by the crack epidemic, prompted a massive infusion of extra officers into Red Hook, focused primarily on the Red Hook Houses, a sprawling project where drug dealing had been a persistent problem.

Officers went door to door at the houses, handing out fliers and imploring residents to call them with any information about drug dealing or other criminal activity. At the same time, the department was beginning its vaunted Compstat program, a computerized method of tracking crime. In time, crime citywide dropped, with street-level drug dealing and all its attendant violence a large part of the NYPD's focus.

In addition to the zero-homicide tally in the precinct this year, only seven people have been shot through Sunday. In 1993, 58 people were shot in the 76th.

Retired Det. John McCarthy, who worked 15 years in the 76th, says the difference is like night and day. In the mid- to late 1980s, David Ross dominated the drug trade in Red Hook, and in 1988, Life magazine portrayed the area's rampant crack problem in a feature titled "Downfall of a Neighborhood."

McCarthy said that by the time he left the force in 2001, Ross was in prison and noisy teens and public drinking were the main complaints, the same complaints heard in Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill.

Residents and merchants in Red Hook credit police with breaking the drug crews that ruled the neighborhood and forcing indoors most of whatever dealing does take place. Some, however, said the Daly slaying woke up tenant patrols and civic groups.

"Some of the people woke up from their sleep and realized, 'This is is our home,"' says long-time resident Lenora Tucker, 62. "They realized we needed to do something about the problem."

Her husband, Bishop Adolph Tucker, the pastor of the New Breed Church of De Joshua and Caleb Ministries, echoed the sentiment.

"The police do help," said Adolph Tucker, who is 70 and was on tenant patrol in the Red Hook Houses for years. "... Now, you don't have to duck and dodge."

Copyright 2003, Newsday, Inc.