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The Red Hook waterfront, regarded by many as “a transit desert,” may soon become more accessible. As part of his neighborhood revitalization proposal in the 2018 State of the State address, delivered on January 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked the MTA to study the possibility of extending subway service from Lower Manhattan to Red Hook by the means of an underwater tunnel.
Additionally, Cuomo is calling for the Port Authority to accelerate consideration of relocating its maritime activities from the Red Hook Container Terminal to the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park. This move, he argues, would consolidate shipping operations and free up the Red Hook waterfront for community use.
“Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood is full of untapped potential…” Cuomo said in a statement. “I am also calling on the MTA to take steps to improve transportation options to Red Hook, including studying the potential of a new subway line to connect Red Hook to Manhattan.”
While the proposal is still in its early phases, a community review process will follow when the feasibility studies have been completed. According to a mayoral spokesman, “We’re not yet to the detail phase of this so it’s too early to say. Our focus is on transportation and housing for a neighborhood that’s been left out of the city’s progress for too many years. We look forward to hearing a lot more before we decide whether or not it sufficiently meets those needs.”
Next, go inside the Red Hook Grain Terminal and the Robotic Church, Site Specific Art Installation and Workshop.