The Queen In the Hook

The Queen Mary 2 spent a few hours in Red Hook today, inaugurating the new passenger ship terminal. I rode down in time to catch its 5pm departure.

Queen Mary Queen Mary
Docked at the new cruise ship terminal in Red Hook, at the foot of Pioneer Street.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
The ship’s prow at the foot of Wolcott Street.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Still docked, around 5pm.
Give Me Your Tired... Give Me Your Tired…
No trespassing! U.S. immigration policy in a nutshell.
Fireboat Fireboat
In the harbor, seen from Valentino Pier.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Rounding the point, heading into the bay.
Fireboat Fireboat
A fireboat spraying red, white and blue water. Why do they use an Arabic numeral “2”? Can we expect to see Elizabeth signing official documents “E2R” now?
Valentino Pier Valentino Pier
Moran Tug Moran Tug
One of several tugs piloting the ship away from the dock.
Van Brunt Street Van Brunt Street
Old warehouses (and new Fairway), along with Bob Diamond’s trolley cars.
Trolley Trolley
One of Brooklyn rail enthusiast Bob Diamond’s trolley cars, with which he’d hoped to resurrect trolley service in Red Hook.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
As seen from the foot of Van Brunt Street.
Bush Terminal Bush Terminal
From the Erie Basin pier.
Abandoned factory The Columbia Street Grain Elevator
Opened in 1922, closed 1965.
Victim of the Allen Wrench Victim of the Allen Wrench
This row of civil-war-era warehouses is to be torn down for Ikea’s parking lot.
Guard Shack Guard Shack
At the Ikea site.
Not any more Not any more
At the Ikea site.
Vandals? Vandals?
You do have to wonder how many graffiti artists it would take to do as much damage as Ikea and other developers are doing to Red Hook. (Beard Street, on the plywood wall surrounding the Ikea construction site.)
Revere Sugar Factory Revere Sugar Factory
The landmark dome, seen from Beard Street.
Revere Sugar Revere Sugar
Eric, doing the 4-midnight shift at the Revere Sugar Factory. He says he’s sure there are ghosts there, of the hundreds of pepole who used to work there. Now it’s just him, and a few nutcases who try to climb around inside the old buildings.
W.B. Beard and Sons W. Beard and Sons
Warehouse on Van Brunt Street.
Fairway Fairway
At least Fairway renovated this warehouse rather than tearing it down.
Sunny's Sunny’s
One of my favorite places in Brooklyn.
Revere Sugar Factory Revere Sugar Factory
The dome, and the Fairway warehouse, seen from Conover Street just across from Sunny’s.
New York Dock Co. New York Dock Co.
On Imlay Street.
Summit Street Summit Street
Between Hicks and Columbia Streets.
St. Francis Xavier Sacred Heart-St. Stephen
On Summit and Hicks. Brooklyn used to be called the City of Churches.

And here’s a map showing the locations of the photos. Those from yesterday are the yellow numbers; the red ones are from Thursday evening’s photos.


(6) the passenger ship terminal
(7) the foot of Wolcott Street
(8) Valentino Pier
(9) the foot of Van Brunt where the trolleys are
(10) Erie Basin
(11) Bush Terminal (not in picture, but on the facing shore of Brooklyn)
(12) the Columbia Street Grain Elevator
(13) the New York Dock Co. building
(14) Sacred Heart – St. Stephen.

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10 Responses to The Queen In the Hook

  1. trickybrkn says:

    Wow the Summit St pic misses my home by two houses, and for the record the church is named Sacred Heart St Stephen NOT St Francis Xavier. That is the church famed for ringing bells late at night on Catholic holidays and not just say 12 bongs for midnight, but they will ring them for over a half hour, its enough to drive you crazy. Worst is its not even real bells but recorded ones via loud speakers.

    But hey that boat horn from the QM 2 sounded like a cat fight compared to the ‘bells’ of St Stephen tonight.

    • ken says:

      You should have heard that horn from the pier when it was leaving. Wow. I hear the Staten Island Ferry horn in Prospect Heights if I have the windows open. They must have heard that horn in Brownsville.

      Fixed the name of the church — thanks.

  2. really nice pics. Some of the latter ones match pics from the Forgotten NY Tour.

  3. ken says:

    Really? That would be great. I hadn’t heard anything about it and this article from today’s New York Sun talks as if it’s still going forward. What’s the story? Sounds like good news.

  4. bidgieb says:

    kind of off topic – how did you create that map? I need to do something similar for an out-of-town friend to show them where the places they want to visit are located. Can you direct me to a website?

    thanks!

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