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    Been hearing something very interesting.

    Not only is BHRA back in the tunnel tour business (I guess the City relinquished), but now I've heard several of BHRA's previous associates are now named in multiple lawsuits, with the main lawsuit regarding the owner of the Norwegian trolley #3.

    Apparently there are written contracts regarding the use of #3 and they were violated when it was removed from Trolley Museum. Not being privy to this, does anyone have any further info?

    Furthermore, if I'm told correctly, a competitive streetcar trolley group had no legal right to the PCC's in the Brookyn Navy Yard. If they sold to collect unpaid rent (per some previous post) one would think the PCC's would have been seized by NYC sheriff or marshals, and attempted to have been auctioned off to recoup that unpaid debt.. Apparently this is not the case and offered them for sale then attempted to give away with no takers; ultimately resulting in their being hauled away.

    Not being an attorney, this makes no sense.

    With all that I've been reading amongst all the different forums and posts, there is no definitive lucid logical explanation of why BHRA suffered it's setbacks and would allow the trolleys to be scrapped, only lots of hypothesis.

    But, whatever happened did to Mr. Diamond, apparently it did not dilute his objective of returning streetcars to Brooklyn and I hear a further round of talks with the City government of getting streetcars restored to Brooklyn is currently underway and receiving very favorable interest.

    Whether you like BHRA/Diamond or dislike BHRA/Diamond, I hope they are successful in returning streetcars/light rail to Brooklyn.

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    I hope they are successful in returning streetcars/light rail to Brooklyn.
    Red Hook certainly needs a transportation upgrade.

    Run a line to Atlantic Yards.

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    CALL IT 'DEAD' HOOK
    BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOOD RED HOOK SLUMPS



    WHAT A DRAG: An empty
    Van Brundt Street, Red Hook's
    main strip.


    By HEIDI SINGER and RICH CALDER

    August 13, 2007 -- The once-hyped Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook is going through a down period this summer, with several prominent closures among the handful of restaurants, bars and stores on main drag Van Brunt Street.

    In June, Pioneer Bar-B-Q was closed by the city and put up for sale. And top-rated French restaurant 360 shut down, reportedly while its owner takes a hiatus in Africa.

    Meanwhile, popular wine and bourbon shop LeNell's has been given a year to find a new home after being ousted by a new building owner.

    Real-estate prices in Red Hook have soared more than 30 percent in the past year, with one- to three-family homes selling for $810,000, the Real Estate Board of New York says.

    But many wonder whether the isolated, formerly working-class neighborhood can sustain the services that people paying big bucks expect.

    Van Brunt Street now has only two bars, two upscale restaurants, the wine shop and a bakery to serve its new residents.

    And with an IKEA set to open next year, a Fairway supermarket drawing throngs and possibly more big-box stores to come, neighbors are bracing for a traffic nightmare in the subway-less 'hood.

    Most businesses are still doing fine despite rising rents, but the thriving commercial strip of a half-century ago won't come back until the area population is large enough to support it, said John McGettrick of the Red Hook Civic Association.

    "An awful lot of businesses I spoke to counted on Imlay Street being up and running," he said of a stalled condo project. "Other businesses counted on more foot traffic from the cruise-ship terminal."

    Tourists who arrive at that year-old terminal, which hosts the Queen Mary 2, are whisked to Manhattan in buses.

    "It's harder to get people down here than I thought," said Andrew Raible, a furniture designer who pays $3,100 a month for a showroom-loft in the area's first gated community.

    "When it comes to high-end furniture, people still like to go into Manhattan."

    Copyright 2007 NYP Holdings, Inc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrightonBeachExpress View Post

    With all that I've been reading amongst all the different forums and posts, there is no definitive lucid logical explanation of why BHRA suffered it's setbacks and would allow the trolleys to be scrapped, only lots of hypothesis.
    I though the definitive answer was that BHRA had a "go it alone attitude", and made some serious financial mistakes in terms of grant money.

    The grant money dried up, BHRA lost their space to store the street cars in the warehouses on Van Brunt Street, and now those same street cars are rusting on the waterfront.

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    August 19, 2007

    New York In Focus

    The Pastime Nacional



    By JAKE MOONEY

    THE food, by now, has been well chronicled: Vendors lining the edge of Red Hook Park in Brooklyn on summer weekends sling tacos and pupusas on folding tables under tarpaulin roofs. But for many of the people who flock to the park, they are just a warm-up for the main event, the Technicolor baseball games played all day long against a backdrop of post-industrial gray.

    The players, members of the Mexican Baseball League of New York, split into three divisions by skill level, come decked out in bright, immaculate uniforms. They provide a sharp contrast to the mottled tan-and-black grain elevator that looms behind the fields, and the fences of giant stone blocks that separate the park from neighboring properties, including a future Ikea site.

    On the field they are all business. But before and after the games they mingle with the friends, family and fans who have set up camp to watch, colonizing the grassy spaces down foul lines and behind backstops with spread-out blankets and folding chairs. The crowd takes on a life of its own: Youngsters ride bikes and grown-ups browse T-shirt stands, turning their attention to and from the pop of the ball into a glove.

    Smoke rises from the vendor stands at the north end of the park, and third base coaches whisper instructions from the sidelines. Cars speed by on the elevated Brooklyn-Queens Expressway overpass that divides Red Hook from the Brooklyn mainland. It is a day to relax, to escape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fahzee View Post
    I though the definitive answer was that BHRA had a "go it alone attitude", and made some serious financial mistakes in terms of grant money.

    The grant money dried up, BHRA lost their space to store the street cars in the warehouses on Van Brunt Street, and now those same street cars are rusting on the waterfront.
    Check with your local politician(s), and inquire what happened to the hundreds of thousands of dollars they received to explore mass transit / street cars in Red Hook. These were federal grants. Since BHRA is not running and neither is any other street car mass transit project, where is the money?

    One such politician received over a half a mil. I'd like to see what was done with the money, (or at the least see it in escrow) before you go pointing fingers at the one active visionary person who was trying to get it done. Amusing how he was able to do what he did before that grant showed up. Amusing how everything was rather smooth until competition starts running off at the mouth.

    It takes two to tango, and takes a politician to step on everyone's toes and chase them off the dance floor.

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    A video about Bob Diamond's search for the missing LIRR tunnel under Atlantic Ave has found it's way to youtube if anyone is interested:

    WhatsBehindTheWall.com is all about The Tunnel, a movie about a tunnel beneath New York City that contains hidden international mysteries about John Wilkes Booth, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the missing pages of Booth's diary that list the conspirators involved in Lincoln's death, and a perfectly preserved locomotive from the early 1800's. One man has led the search for this tunnel and the revelation of its final secrets. The filmmakers are raising money from the public to finish the shooting and excavation, from anyone who wants to know what's behind the wall. More about the legend and the history you weren't taught in school at www.WhatsBehindtheWall.com

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7h4ugetCcw

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    American Stevedoring Sticking Around Red Hook After All

    by Eliot Brown | April 24, 2008

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    The Brooklyn container shipping port operator that was once in the city’s crosshairs saw its lease approved by the Port Authority’s governing board today, finalizing a victory in a long-fought battle with the Bloomberg administration.

    Led by former Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, the city wanted to replace the port operator, American Stevedoring Inc., with a bustling complex of marine-related industry, a conference center, a hotel, a beer garden, housing and an expanded cruise terminal.

    The city argued that the container shipping site, on Piers 7 – 12 in Red Hook, was inefficient in that location—better suited for a place such as Sunset Park.

    But as the city prepared to move ahead, American Stevedoring proved a tenacious opponent, lining up elected officials behind their cause and ultimately forcing the city to back down.

    Release from the Port Authority below, and further down is one from Rep. Jerry Nadler, who leaned on the city in favor of the container port. [Updated]
    Port Authority BOARD TAKES ACTION ON SEVERAL ITEMS

    At its monthly meeting this afternoon, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized the following:


    · New lease agreements with American Stevedoring Inc., for a 10-year lease for the Red Hook Container Terminal, Piers 7 and 8 at the Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal and approximately 30 acres in Port Newark, beginning on May 1, 2008, and ending on April 30, 2018;


    · Amendments to the terms of the Master Dredging Agreement made on November 1, 1997, with the New York State Empire State Development Corporation to accommodate requests made by the State of New York that approximately $8.1 million in uncommitted funds be allocated to various economic development initiatives at the Brooklyn waterfront as well as rental arrearages of American Stevedoring that are owed to the Port Authority in connection with the leases at Port Authority marine terminal facilities;


    · $1.5 million for planning to assist in the development of a comprehensive delay reduction program for the Port Authority’s four commercial airports, consistent with recommendations of the Flight Delay Task Force;


    · $2.5 million for planning and design for roadway improvements to roads serving the North Area of Newark Liberty International Airport, including the realignment of Brewster Avenue and Port Street, which are main arteries providing access to the airport, Port Newark and Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal;


    · The Executive Director to award or accept assignment of individual construction trade contracts, not to exceed $10 million, in connection with the development of 1 World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum projects;


    · A reaffirmation of authority previously delegated to the executive director that provides for the adjustment of various airport user fees and charges, on an as-needed basis, at John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International airports, LaGuardia Airport and Teterboro Airport, and expands the authority to include all airports owned or operated by the Port Authority;


    · Supplemental agreements with FAPS, Inc., at Port Newark for the extension of leases for approximately 198 acres including open area, warehouse space and office space for a total minimum rent of $98.3 million;


    · An amended and restated lease agreement with McLester Realty, LLC, a joint venture of ASA Apple, Inc. and 2-64 Realty, LLC for 24 years for the leasing of approximately 8.1 acres of open space at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal for a total minimum rent of $17.3 million; and


    · The Committee on Finance to purchase insurance under the existing Owners’ Controlled Insurance Program to include coverage for the Vehicle Security Center, Tour Bus Parking Facility and West Bathtub Vehicle Access project at the World Trade Center site.


    Rep. Nadler Announces Deal to Keep Red Hook Port Open

    Lauds Port Authority, Governor Paterson, Others for 10-Year Lease Renewal for Operator American Stevedoring

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 24, 2008

    NEW YORK – Congressman Jerrold Nadler today announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a comprehensive lease renewal deal for American Stevedoring International (ASI) to continue operations at the Red Hook Container Port for the next 10 years. The approval occurred at today's Port Authority annual meeting.

    Rep. Nadler applauded the efforts of the Port Authority, the Governor David Paterson, and others for delivering this important deal for New York and the region, ending more than four years of debate about the Brooklyn port’s future.

    ASI's previous lease expired in April 2007, and it was proposed years before that the port be rezoned from its historic role as a working waterfront. With the key assistance of the City Council and other elected officials, however, the Port Authority and the Office of the Governor worked to preserve maritime operations at the port, maintaining hundreds of jobs and a major economic and strategic asset for the City.

    “By finally extending this long-term lease we have saved the only remaining east-of-the-Hudson port in New York and more than 600 jobs, protected a more efficient method of moving goods in the region, and laid the groundwork for significant economic development for the future,” said Rep. Nadler. “In particular, I want to laud the Herculean efforts of Governor David Paterson and the Port Authority for getting this deal done. We also could not have reached this goal without the critical support of Council Speaker Quinn as well as Council Members David Yassky, Sara Gonzalez, Jessica Lappin, and Mike Nelson, Senator Chuck Schumer, Controller William Thompson, Public Advocate Besty Gotbaum, Congressmemembers Anthony Weiner and Nydia Velasquez, and the many other elected officials who represent the area. Teamsters Local 805, Central Labor Council and the Working Families Party also deserve a substantial share of the credit for their work in saving the port.”

    “Not only will this agreement protect hundreds of jobs and a vital industry in Brooklyn for years to come, the positive impact on our environment and economy will be felt for generations,” Rep. Nadler added. "The Port Authority wisely understands the importance of this port, and deserves recognition for nurturing this growing piece of our economy."

    “For years, the Brooklyn Port has been a vibrant and necessary part of Brooklyn's economy,” said local Council Member Yassky.

    “As we grow and the need for jobs and freight increases, it is heartening to know that the port will be around for years to come.”

    “Today's agreement is exactly the kind of forward thinking by our government that we will need to deal with the influx of one million more New Yorkers over the next 25 years,” said Council Member Lappin, chair of the Council's land use committee on maritime uses. “This deal to keep the Brooklyn port open could also not have come at a better time for the City's economy, which desperately needs the boost a booming port business can provide. I am extremely pleased that the working waterfront will continue to work.”

    “There are hundreds of workers who can celebrate today because their jobs are safe at the Brooklyn port,” said Sandy Pope, President of Teamsters Local 805 which represents the stevedores at the container port. “These well-paying blue-collar jobs are exactly the kind we need for the working families of this City. Thank you to the Port Authority and Gov. Patterson for protecting them and giving us the opportunity to add even more jobs for New Yorkers.”


    http://origin.observer.com/2008/stev...port-authority

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    NEW YORK SHIP LORE CLUB

    MONDAY – JUNE 2, 2008 – 7:30 P.M.

    Guest Speaker: KEVIN CATUCCI, Senior VP, American Stevedoring Inc.,
    presents
    THE ABC’s OF THE RED HOOK CONTAINER TERMINAL

    Meeting is held in the Canal Street area of Manhattan. Send me a PM for location.

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    Brooklyn Paper

    BJ’s on tap for Red Hookers



    Red Hook is about to get a BJ’s.

    BJ’s Wholesale Club, the members-only retail chain, is close to finalizing a deal to open a big box store on the Red Hook waterfront, The Brooklyn Paper has learned.

    The retailer that sells everything from pet food to flat screen televisions is on the verge of announcing plans to move into the former site of the Revere Sugar factory, next door to the recently opened Ikea on Beard Street.

    Thor Equities and BJ’s were mum on their pending agreement, but Borough President Markowitz’s office said the parties are hammering out the details.

    “We’re hearing they’re pretty close to finalizing a deal,” said a spokesman for the Beep.

    The tentative deal would be the second partnership between BJ’s, one of the nation’s leading retailers, and Thor, owned by Joe Sitt, this year. In April, Sitt scored his first BJ by securing them as an anchor tenant for a proposed shopping mall he is developing on Shore Parkway in Bensonhurst. Among his other holdings, Sitt is a major landowner in Coney Island.

    A spokesman for Sitt said plans had not been finalized.

    “Thor is committed to ensuring that whichever organization leases this property, it will fully augment the historic revitalization occurring today in Red Hook. Thor is talking to numerous potential tenants for this site, and no decision has yet been made about who we will partner with,” said company spokesman Stefan Friedman.

    But an inside source told The Brooklyn Paper that the plans were well underway for BJ’s to take over the demolished sugar refinery site, which has been leased to Ikea as an overflow parking lot.

    The move is hardly a surprise to development watchers. Since Ikea opened in June, experts have said that Red Hook is poised for additional big box retail development.

    “Will there be more? Yes. It’s inevitable,” Landon McGaw, director of sales for Massey Knakal Realty Services, told The Brooklyn Paper in June.
    That’s because there are many large, idle manufacturing plots, such as the Revere Sugar site.

    More warehouse-sized retail stores like BJ’s could be tough to swallow for Red Hook residents, many of whom bitterly opposed the Ikea, though its impact has not caused the apocalypse some predicted. There’s more traffic, especially on weekends, but there have been few complaints.
    Borough President Markowitz said that the costs and benefits of any commercial development on the Revere Sugar site would go through a public review, because it would require a zoning change.

    “Red Hook — and Brooklyn — are open for business, but while welcoming major retailers to our borough could bring economic vitality and much-needed jobs to previously underserved and underutilized areas, we must also be sure to ‘grow smart’ and preserve a neighborhood’s character,” Markowitz said in a statement in response to a Brooklyn Paper inquiry.

    “The [city land review] process will give the community and other stakeholders a chance to have their say on what is ultimately located at the site, and what is best for the residents of Red Hook.”
    Brooklyn’s already is home to a BJ’s, which is located off the Belt Parkway at the Gateway Center near Starrett City.



    ©2008 The Brooklyn Paper

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    Brooklyn Paper

    Hookers lining up for their BJs



    By Mike McLaughlin
    The Brooklyn Paper

    Plans to bring BJ’s Wholesale Club, potentially the second big box retailer in Red Hook, sent a shiver of excitement and mild horror through the neighborhood this week.

    As reported by The Brooklyn Paper last week, developer Joe Sitt hopes to bring the national retailer to the old Revere sugar factory next to Ikea.
    But the news of yet another big box on Beard Street sparked a debate similar to the one that raged for years about the likely effects of the Swedish home furnishing giant’s incursion into the hardscrabble neighborhood.

    “I’m there for anything that’s going to bring jobs to my community,” said Dorothy Shields, head of the tenants association at the Red Hook East housing project, where unemployment is close to 20 percent.

    But opponents saw the BJ’s proposal as confirmation that they were right all along: that the Ikea would create a chain reaction of chain stores.
    “Our biggest fear is that [a second national retailer] would lead to the domino effect of big box stores on the waterfront,” said Joe Bernardo, co-owner of the Hope and Anchor diner on Van Brunt Street.

    But if there was any difference between the war over Ikea, which drew deep divisions in Red Hook and the worries about the BJ’s, it is that today, people are less fearful of a traffic catastrophe, thanks to the apparent success Ikea has had in minimizing congestion on Red Hook’s narrow and lazy roads by providing free water taxis to Manhattan and shuttle buses to Brooklyn subway stations.

    “Ikea has done a great job with traffic,” said Greg O’Connell, who brought the Fairway supermarket to the neighborhood.

    Bernardo, who opposed the Ikea, agreed that traffic has not snarled the way he and many others envisioned and said there’s been an increase in weekend customers at his restaurant near the corner of Wolcott Street since Ikea opened — all of which makes him less nervous about the likely arrival of BJ’s.

    “I have an open mind. In some ways, we were wrong about Ikea,” he told The Brooklyn Paper.



    ©2008 The Brooklyn Paper

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    New York Times

    Far From Hollywood, Red Hook’s Grit Sells


    Christian Hansen for The New York Times
    “Red Hook High,” directed by Trac Minh Vu, center, is one of 36 TV pilots being screened at the New York Television Festival.

    By APRIL DEMBOSKY
    Published: September 14, 2008

    From “The Breakfast Club” to “American Teen,” high-school dramas often star a familiar cast of characters: the princess, the jock, the nerd. In “Red Hook High,” a new television pilot shot in Brooklyn, there is a different set of protagonists: the immigrant, the pregnant girl, the gay guy.
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    In the pilot, David Etienne, 17, plays Peter, a Haitian immigrant who is counseled by an older brother to stay in school.


    “It’s the anti-‘Gossip Girl,’ ” said Trac Minh Vu, the director of “Red Hook High.” “It’s the anti-‘90210.’ It’s about real kids with real-life problems.” “Gossip Girl” and “90210” are, of course, popular television shows featuring upper-class teenagers with Hollywood looks.

    “Red Hook High” is set in a Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood that is teetering on the edge of gentrification. The actors are local teenagers, some of whom attended South Brooklyn Community High School in Red Hook, where the pilot was filmed. There was no script, just a story outline and character profiles.

    The teenagers developed the dialogue themselves over the course of a seven-week acting workshop held after school. Mr. Vu found the students through three local youth arts programs.

    “Since there weren’t any writers, it made me feel like I was in charge of saying what I believe in,” said Tabitha Cadet, 18, who plays Lenae in the pilot. “If I was to say something that I didn’t believe in, I wouldn’t feel right about portraying that character.”

    Mr. Vu said the students were often acting out the dramas in their own lives. “It’s definitely skirting the line between drama and documentary,” he said, “but staying firmly on the line of drama.”

    “Red Hook High” is one of 36 pilots chosen to screen this week at the New York Television Festival at New World Stages in Manhattan. The festival, which ends Wednesday, attracts top television executives looking for shows with commercial potential.

    The best realistic outcome for Mr. Vu, he said, would be to serve as a consultant on a new network series based on his pilot. Last year, Mr. Vu directed “Dear Harvard,” a teenage drama set on the Upper East Side that won the best drama, best actress and audience choice awards at the festival. This time Mr. Vu wanted to highlight a different kind of teenage life.

    “If you look at the surface, these are the kids your parents warned you about,” Mr. Vu said of the students at South Brooklyn Community High School, a public school that recruits troubled students from traditional schools. “They’re maybe a bit grittier than a normal high school kid.”
    Mr. Vu developed the story lines for the pilot three years ago when he was a teaching artist at South Brooklyn Community High School. As he got to know some of the students, they told him stories that later inspired the themes of the show.

    “I would see a 15-year-old girl come to class and she’d be seven months pregnant and talking about her doctor’s visit, then flip around and have questions about her English assignment,” Mr. Vu said. “One guy, who was always the goof-off, had a wicked story of being stopped by the police and had a pen jabbed down his throat to make him throw up because they thought he swallowed drugs.”

    Mr. Vu created, directed, produced and edited “Red Hook High” on nights and weekends, when he was not at his day job producing internal video communications at an investment bank. He financed the pilot himself, which he said cost $15,000 to $25,000 to produce.

    During a coffee break last week, Mr. Vu, who lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, sat in an office on the 43rd floor of a building in Lower Manhattan, overlooking the East River. He pointed to the red and blue cranes on the Red Hook shoreline, as one of the water taxis that link Manhattan and the new Ikea store in Red Hook headed across the river.

    “Red Hook is historically a rough neighborhood,” he said. “The decisions these kids have to make are the kinds of decisions a lot of kids don’t have to make.”

    In the pilot episode, Peter, played by David Etienne, 17, lives alone with his older brother, John. They are Haitian immigrants whose parents are not in the picture. John lectures Peter to go to school, stay in school and finish school. Then he hands him a package wrapped in a brown paper bag and orders him to deliver it to his friend.

    In another scene, Lenae and Star, played by Ms. Cadet and Tiffany Innocent, 16, decipher the directions on a home pregnancy test. Ms. Cadet, now a freshman at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, said that “Red Hook High” was more realistic than other teenage dramas on TV.
    “I had friends who were in that situation, being pregnant,” she said. “There are so many teens that involve themselves with drugs, like a couple of characters were. I can relate to the whole thing.”

    Ms. Cadet likes the way the show seeks to explain why youngsters miss school. And while the students deal with adult situations, she appreciates that they are also depicted acting their age.

    “Other shows have scenes where they have kids trying to be older than they are,” she said. In one scene, Lenae and Star help each other with makeup. “We said, ‘Don’t put that on, put that on,’ ” Ms. Cadet said. “That’s what happens in real life. It’s not like they grew up and it was in their DNA, how to put on makeup and use an eyelash curler.”


    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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    September 23, 2008

    A New Hotel for Red Hook?



    Despite reports last month of Brooklyn's hotel-development woes, a four-story, 81-room "boutique hotel" is proposed (but not yet approved) for a 22,500-square-foot plot at 17 Seabring Street in Red Hook, according to the developer and the DOB. We couldn't get the developer to send us a rendering, and the architect, Michael Kang, doesn't have images on his Web site yet, so who knows if this is a high-styling spot or a humble little joint off the BQE (this spot is far from the hipster haven of lower Van Brunt street)? GMAP DOB

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    Brooklyn Paper

    Hookers to get BJ’s in a mall

    By Mike McLaughlin
    The Brooklyn Paper


    The BJ’s Wholesale Club destined for the Red Hook waterfront might be part of a six-level shopping plaza with several other stores and even some residential units, The Brooklyn Paper has learned.

    Documents obtained by The Paper reveal that developer Joe Sitt wants to renovate a historic warehouse on the former Revere sugar refinery; erect several new buildings for shopping, parking and housing; and create a 40-feet-wide public esplanade by 2011 along the water’s edge of the Beard Street property next door to the recently opened Ikea.

    Sitt’s company Thor Equities would not comment about the “request for proposals” that Sitt issued in July, but if the plans are still current and the city approves a zoning change to allow commercial and residential development, the project would catapult Red Hook into the borough’s major big box retail destination.

    The documents, which were part of a package to solicit bids from architects to build the shopping plaza, sought proposals “to maximize commercial retail square-footage” of at least 400,000 square feet — larger than Red Hook’s Ikea.

    The latest RFP builds on earlier versions of the plan that have circulated since Sitt bought the former Revere plant in 2005 for $40 million.

    Red Hook residents who fought tooth and nail against Ikea, are delaying judgment on this newer retail project.

    “Caution is the code word for the day,” said John McGettrick of the Red Hook Civic Association. “I have many more questions than I have answers [about Thor’s plans].”

    For others, opposition is in full bloom.

    “A waterfront is our most-limited land resource, so I think this is not the right place [for such a project],” said John Quadrozzi, who owns the nearby Gowanus Industrial Park, a waterfront manufacturing site.


    ©2008 The Brooklyn Paper

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    Once again, that headline is too irresistible for The Brooklyn Paper.

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