Brooklyn Longshoremen Make Waves About City’s Plan For Red Hook Port
Some Brooklyn longshoreman made waves Thursday about the city’s plan for the borough’s waterfront after the City Council heard a proposal Thursday from The Economic Development Corporation to close down the Red Hook port in favor of a new facility in Sunset Park.
Those opposed to the plan say that it could be a disaster, while representatives from the EDC say it’s part of a bigger plan for the borough.
“I’m third generation on that waterfront. My grandparents were born and raised in the neighborhood. I walk to work, my daughter goes to private school,” said Red Hook Longshoreman Frank Adinolfi. “Who are they to come and take my neighborhood?”
“Yeah Sunset Park, that would make a great port, that would be a great container port, that’s where it should be, let’s work towards that. But until then let us not kick out a functioning container port that employs hundreds of people,” said Councilmember David Yassky.
“We have cruise ships that are ready to come to pier 10 to create more jobs then are there now,” said Kate Asher of the NYC Economic Development Corporation. “We are not talking about getting rid of the container activity that is there now. I’m talking about relocating it to a place where it find a better home, with deep water, with rail, with an industrial neighborhood, which all makes sense.”
The proposed cruise ship dock wouldn’t be the first in the area. The Queen Mary II already calls Red Hook home.
If it passes, the container port could close as soon as this spring.
December 14, 2006