Red Hook was supposed to erupt in hipsters, and then follow with overdevelopment, in the template of other Brooklyn waterside areas like Williamsburg, Greenpoint and now (apparently) Sunset Park. But so far the rocket hasn’t gotten off the launching pad in Red Hook. It could have something to do with the encroaching Gowanus Expressway or the nearby Red Hook Houses. While restaurants and bakeries have sprung up along Van Brunt, Fairway is near bankruptcy (it will likely be replaced by another supermarket) and IKEA patrons drive in and out, seemingly not stopping.
That means there’s no pressure on the owners of 382 Van Brunt, just off Dikeman, to leave their storefront (or what was once a storefront) seemingly exactly as it was in… 1964? 1974?
Just junk and plenty of it, some complete with years-old dust at that.
A rotary dial phone and a transistor radio. I remember hearing “Light My Fire” on a transistor radio for the first time and it still sounds better in mono with reverb. A lamp with an Eiffel Tower shaped base.
If someone knows the kind proprietors of this ruin, let me know in Comments.