VIDEO: Red Hook Fairway Determined To Come Back Better Than Ever

As BHB reported November 9, Red Hook’s Fairway Market suffered major damage from Hurricane Sandy. with the 52,000sf waterfront grocery at the base of Van Brunt taking on 5 feet of water and closed “indefinitely” as rebuilding ensues. Red Hook store General Manager Andy Zuleta has posted a video showing the destruction, cleanup efforts and his optimism for a bigger, badder locale in the near future. See it here, posted on November 13.

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  • Gerry

    I wonder what can be done to protect this market from another storm like Sandy?

  • Bloomy

    I don’t think there is anything that can be done. Going up to the second floor is the best option, but not possible as far as I know.

  • Wiley E.

    Yeah, for the whole neighborhood.

  • Marmac

    I always found the employees at Fairway to be helpful and friendly. A smiling supermarket cashier is so rare. I wonder what happened to the hundreds of employees. I hope Fairway found them work in other locations. Anyone know?

  • Teddy

    @Bloomy

    Moving up or out seem to be the only viable long-term options. Some businesses down there will take a chance another surge doesn’t come for years/decades to come, others won’t take that chance and leave.

  • north heights res

    Marmac, I read in multiple reports that Red Hook Fairway employees were being offered shifts in and transported to other Fairway locations.

  • Curmudgeon

    @Teddy – Abandoning low lying areas is not an option – long or short term. No one would seriously consider leaving lower Manhattan so why should Red Hook and other such areas be considered uninhabitable. Surely, the only option is to adapt to the new normal and learn how to protect ourselves from future storms. It can and will be done – it will cost a lot, but it will be done. We are not talking about protecting Fire Island beach houses, but viable and densely populated parts of NYC.

  • Teddy

    @Curmudgeon

    10-20 billion for a sea barrier system (at three strategic points) similar to what London & Venice have and sea walls? I think for the short term, moving up would be more cost-effective, It worked well for the IKEA store.

  • http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com Flashlight Worthy

    I saw Sunshine working at the Upper West Side store so indeed, they’re making an effort to relocate employees while they rebuild.

  • Marmac

    Thanks guys, that’s great to know about the employees. They always look happy and are always joking with each other. I think that says a lot about the management of the store. I can’t wait for its comeback.