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Have Some Coffey and, Perhaps, a Donut in the Hook

October 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The incomparable Kevin Walsh takes a trip to Coffey Street in Red Hook on Forgotten New York this week and the results, as always, are fascinating. Even if one knows the territory, Mr. Walsh brings background history into the picture that’s certain to enlighten. He starts off by writing: Coffey Street in Red Hook and your webmaster have never been close associates, but have been, shall we say, acquaintances over the years. I first laid eyes on it sometime in the Super 70s…I didn’t see it again until my sporadic bicycle scouting missions into Red Hook in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when I still lived in Bay Ridge. In those days, much of Red Hook was junkyard dog territory, if not dead dog territory. Coffey Street, in fact, remained one of the only habitable streets in the area, to my lights at least.

As always, click over and read.

Tags: Red Hook

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  • 1 Mare // Oct 9, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    A few years ago, Time Out New York voted Coffey Street between Ferris and Conover Streets one of the best residential block in the city. Ironic, since the block is actually zoned M-1.

    A street so rich in history should be landmarked, but the NYC Landmarks Commission has repeatedly said no.