Red Hook Brooklyn was founded in 1836 by Dutch colonists. This is why we can notice so many Holland style warehouse buildings all around Red Hook Brooklyn.
By the 1920s, they made Red Hook the busiest freight port in the world, but this ended in the 1960s with the creation of shipping containers. Then by the 1930s Red Hook became one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York and it was called ‘city for the homeless’ or ‘Hooverville’.
Most of Red Hook has changed due to gentrification. People from around the world have moved here mainly artists. IKEA has also set its main chain store right by the East River. These and other reasons have contributed to an increase in rent in Red Hook. I still believe this area needs more improvement to be classified as a ‘hot spot’ for real estate agents. The area does not have easy access to public transportation specially the NYC Subway.
Many New Yorkers remember New York City by the glitz and glam of the streets of Lower Manhattan,
along which fashion conglomerates and cozy boutiques stand. Mannequins pose in the
windows, beckoning tourists to collect the newest, trendiest items from the laps of luxury.
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the protests in support of Black Lives Matter, retailers
began to board up their storefronts. Though the fashion industry has gone into quarantine with
the rest of the world, its barren shutters have become a playground for artists who have laid
the true heart of the city bare on their wooden canvases.
The retreat of clothing stores behind painted boards seems to mirror the way society is
beginning to question consumerism and capitalism, which have traditionally overshadowed the
urgency of addressing racial injustices. The tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery,
and Breonna Taylor may have been the impetus for the people of New York City to question the
ideals they may have previously upheld.
The colorful images gracing the streets of Lower Manhattan serve as a reminder that our humanity should come before our productivity.
Though they will one day come down to make way once again for the runway of mannequins,
their messages will continue to echo through the streets of the NYC. Immortalizing them in
photographs is just one of many ways to keep the thrum of social justice alive in the
consciousness of those who live in and love this city.
New Yorkers stand strong.
Brooklyn Bridge Forbidden Locks pictures I took during one of my NYC Moments walks across the Brooklyn Bridge. Have you ever walked over this bridge? The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most popular bridges in the world. Walk over while drinking your favorite specialty coffee or tea.
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Face masks in New York City have become a fashion during quarantine times. Most people use face masks when going to the market or at crowded places.
NYC seems empty, but still beautiful. Many people walk keeping their distance. Delivery guys on bikes work hard to deliver food directly from local markets in NYC.