Fear And Redevelopment At Brooklyn's Red Hook Waterfront

Workers and residents wait to learn the fate of their neighborhood and their livelihoods.
February 6, 2004, 6am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Businesses at the Red Hook waterfront in Brooklyn have been betrayed by New York City before but survived, and revived. Now the blue-collar maritime and industrial neighborhood fears a zoning change that will bring in luxury apartments or a cruise ship terminal, and new residents that may reject existing land uses -- especially those blue-collar industries that are accompanied by Dumpsters, truck traffic and odors. "This is in many ways the most complex land-use battle in the city," said Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff. Can industrial, commercial and mixed residential land uses co-exist, or will gentrification strike again?

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Published on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 in The New York Times
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