Red Hook Adds a Bit of Class to the Community


Last night, my partner Carmen and I went to a new restaurant in Red Hook. Its name is Hoek. The Dutch word for a corner. And that is where it's at, at the corner of Coffey and Ferris. Anna, the owner of the restaurant, said it took a year and a half to get passed all the permits needed to convert the old manufacturing site into a restaurant, but they have made it. And we think they will be there for quite a while. As our headline says, it adds a bit of class to Red Hook. There is a full bar, and loads of cocktails on the menu. The location is great too. It is right up the street from Valentino Park, so expect to run into friends on the way. We shared a roman style brick oven pizza with zucchini, buffala mozzarella, red onion, basil pizza that was delicious; a thin crust that was lighter than most Brooklyn pizza's. The menu has several wines; we had two glasses of greco di tufo docg. And then we ate Key Lime pie with raspberry sherbert. If you have had Steve's Key Lime Pie, you know how good it was.

The Grand Opening is at noon, today. You can see the menu here.

A view from Hoek's window                                                                 A view from Hoek's window



117 ferris st (between coffey and van dyke)

brooklyn, ny 11231

(718) 855-8111

[email protected]




The Possible Loss of Black History in Brooklyn


When people think about the Underground Railroad, they usually only think of Harriet Tubman, but she did not act alone. Many others risked their lives to save slaves living in the south in the 1850s. And today, there is only one stop on the railroad left. It is a house at 227 Duffield St. in Brooklyn. The house once owned by THOMAS AND HARRIET TRUESDELL is about to be torn down to make room for another highrise. And unless activist trying to save the building can convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve it, a part of Black History in Brooklyn will be gone forever. Please contact the Landmarks Preservation Commission and tell them to save this building that means so much to the Black community in Brooklyn. You can also sign the petition at this page: Please subscribe to this channel and click the bell for notifications for new videos. And go to our radio station at Thank you!

Resilient Red Hook

"Communalism seeks to recapture the meaning of politics in its broadest, most emancipatory sense, indeed, to fulfill the historic potential of the municipality as the developmental arena of mind and discourse. It conceptualizes the municipality, potentially at least, as a transformative development beyond organic evolution into the domain of social evolution." -Bookchin

As a follower of Murray Bookchin, the left-wing philosopher of my generation, I enjoy professing the values of Communalism. Too often today, we find ourselves misled by political leaders we have fully supported, and later to be disappointed by their deceptions. Communalism is a concept designed by Bookchin to create a more democratic society, where the people are on par with the elected officials in proposing their own plans for the community.

The Resilient Red Hook committee, to me, is a step towards the philosophy of Communalism. It is a small group of Red Hook residents seeking the ideas and support of its community. But to make it successful, it must have the full inclusion of Red Hook residents. In the process of building a Communal neighborhood, each block must have committees deciding their needs and wants. Each resident must have a total commitment to transforming the community. Without the engagement of the people, there is only minor change.

Please watch this three-part series of this meeting of the Resilient Red Hook Committee. For more information, please contact: [email protected]

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Fighting Every Step of the Way


I attended an event last Thursday night, at the CUNY Graduate Center, an event hosted by Ben Kallos, the City Councilman for District 5. The event was the fifth year Kallos has hosted the Overdevelopment Forum. If you live anywhere in New York City, you know first hand that REBNY controls the city and they are developing on every open piece of land available. And with help from Bill de Blasio, this now also includes NYCHA.

Because of decades of neglect, Mayor Bill de Blasio's is considering turning over parts of Robert Fulton Houses to private developers so developers can demolition two buildings and replace them with three new taller buildings. The new apartments will be marketed between 70 percent market-rate units and 30 percent affordable. But will the current residents that will be displaced be able to afford living there?

The project would be part of the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program, that would convert the buildings into Section 8 apartments. The mayor plans will convert 62,000 NYCHA apartments over ten years.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson is the council member for the district the Fulton Houses reside in, and he has offered no help to the residents. Johnson has supported the plan.

At Thursday night's event, several people from the group Fight for NYCHA called on Council member Ben Kallos to support their fight to save Fulton Houses from demolition. Kallos acknowledged the group's plight and said he does support their efforts, but did not show an interest in persuading Corey Johnson to back the group. At the end of the night, Fight for NYCHA fought to gain two minutes of speaking time to inform everyone at the event of what is being proposed by the de Blasio administration.

Please watch Louis Flores, of Fight for NYCHA, speak to the audience about the Fulton Houses dilemma

A Washington Post Story about Immigrants


The above story is despicable that Washington has created this situation will now punish innocent people. Congress has done nothing for the past 30 years about immigrants and the people seeking asylum.   But Trump and HUD will displace people that they in fact allowed entry into the country.

Support NYCHA Tenants


Hello, this is Mike McCabe, the Executive Producer of The de Blasio Administration's plan to partner with private developers thru the RAD process to solve the NYCHA disaster is putting hundreds of people's apartments in jeopardy.

Angered by the recent decision to demolition two buildings in the Robert Fulton Houses, in Chelsea, NYCHA residents are organizing to build a coalition to stop their buildings from being torn down.

Please come out and support these residents this Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m. The location is at 17th st and 9th avenue, in Manhattan. You can contact us by telephone or text : (646) 847-9550.


"I want to talk about the politicians please, and then I want to hear from the tenants. My name is Louis, I’m from Fight for NYCHA. It’s very important to realize that not one of your politicians will show up to any of your protests and you need to know why. That's because the Real Estate Industry controls the politicians in this town." Louis Flores.

In a factsheet supplied by the city, it states, "RAD enables public housing authorities to create public-private partnerships, not privatize. NYCHA will continue to own the land and have a role in all major decision-making and oversight ... Federal funding will still support the operations and maintenance of apartments, but the funding source will shift from the Public Housing Program to a special Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program." Switching these apartments to Section Apartments does not give the tenants any greater support, in fact, they will have fewer rights, if this is allowed to happen.

Please come out and support these tenants. Especially, if you yourself are an NYCHA resident, you might be next, because the Mayor plans to bring this RAD program to other NYCHA buildings.

Contact info:

Fight For NYCHA is working to bring public housing tenants together in an effort to hold a city-wide assembly so public housing tenants can self-determine the future of public housing in New York City.

You can contact us by telephone or text : (646) 847-9550

You can also e-mail us : team (at) mg (dot) fightfornycha (dot) org

2019 New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally


Yesterday, I covered part of the 46th anniversary of The New York City Cannabis Parade & Rally. It is the longest running marijuana legalization event in the country. The day was started with a "Speak out" which I attended at 32nd St / Broadway and then a parade down to Union Square for the Rally.

New York is so close to passing laws to legalize marijuana that there was an excitement in the crowd that wasn't there last year. The pressing issues that remain are reparation for those convicted of current marijuana laws, and the issue of taxing the sale of cannabis. Please watch the video for more details from the participants.

Speakers: DANA BEAL, Yippie Pieman ARON KAY, Javier Lopez, Paul Gilman and more.

What an Ego

Bill de Blasio

It is amazing what a person's ego will make them do.

The Daily News, published a story today, saying that Bill de Blasio is planning to announce on Wednesday, that he is running for President.
His developer friends will now come out of the woodwork to help. The article says that 76% of New Yorkers don't want him to run. Even in this, he doesn't listen to the people. Does anybody else from New York want to join in the race?

Bernie and Joe must be shaking in their boots over the announcement.

Fort Greene: Save Our Trees


Dozens of Fort Greene residents, as well as a kindergarten of children, demonstrated yesterday, outside the office of Lurie Cumbo, City Council Member, to stop the destruction of 71 trees in Fort Greene Park.
Sandy Reiburn, a resident of Fort Greene and a major leader in the group, explained how the residents had to file a lawsuit to get information from the Parks Department.

It is a steadfast message that this station broadcasts daily, that communities MUST be in control of their neighborhoods. We must not surrender our rights to community control. Please support Fort Greene's efforts in saving their trees.