Fairway Market has been a commercial anchor for Red Hook since 2006, when it planted its flag in the Brooklyn waterfront community. So after Hurricane Sandy swamped the big grocery store with five feet of water and KO’d many nearby businesses as well, the neighborhood was in a bad way. “I never realized how much I relied on the Red Hook Fairway until it closed,” italianyc84 lamented on Chowhound. While Red Hook still hasn’t fully recovered, Fairway reopened March 1, with wider aisles and an expanded café and bread section, among other improvements. But even beyond its freshly scrubbed walls, things are looking up.
One local merchant, Red Hook Lobster Pound, got back in business the same day Fairway did, delighting fans of its Maine-style lobster rolls. Several business owners—like St. John Frizell, whose café and bar, Fort Defiance, was closed for a month after the storm—credit Fairway with going out of its way to lend a hand to its neighbors. “The big guy down the block really stopped to help the little guys up the street,” Frizell said at the market’s reopening, “and for no other reason than because it was the right thing to do.”
Fairway Market [Red Hook]
480 Van Brunt Street (at Reed Street), Brooklyn
Red Hook Lobster Pound [Red Hook]
284 Van Brunt Street (between Verona and Pioneer streets), Brooklyn
Fort Defiance [Red Hook]
365 Van Brunt Street (at Dikeman Street), Brooklyn
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