Below are links to final public published reports.  These incorporate the work of the Community Committee, the Planning Team’s research, and the Public Meeting input, through the 8-month planning process.

Red Hook NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan, April 2014
Concepetual Plan : Needs and Opportunities Assessment, October 2013

We cannot do this without ALL of Red Hook and welcome those that want to be Ambassadors to the process.  If you are interested, feel free to email us at or stop by one of the Committee Member meetings – see meeting schedule for date and location.

Community Committee Members
Gita Nandan, R.A / LEED AP, Chair of the Red Hook Community Committee

Ms. Nandan is an architect and educator. She is a founder and principal of the award winning design firm thread collective, llc., an architecture firm that explores the seams between building and landscape, and stitches together the patters of the built environment with its natural and social context. Their philosophy of understanding building and site as an integrated whole, woven with artistic, functional, and financial consideration creates the fabric from which poetic and sustainable architecture and public space emerge. Ms. Nandan believes in sustainability as a holistic and supple design approach, integral to all aspect of design and construction. She is at the forefront of sustainability in New York, having served in various roles, most recently board vice president at GreenHomeNYC; member of the Homes Committee for Urban Green Codes Task Force; and the Building Resiliency Task Force. Gita further puts her beliefs into practice as an architectural educator, currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. Gita received her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey, an accredited LEED professional and Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistant.

Adam Armstrong

Adam Armstrong is a Red Hook resident, dad, musician and sometimes finds time to write the local blog, “A View From The Hook“. After immigrating from Australia with his young family in 2000, falling in love with and buying into Red Hook in 2001, Adam quickly became involved in local issues, including port pollution, waterfront development, quality of life and issues of environmental justice. His activism – through his blog and elsewhere – has helped to bring the first shore-power berth for ocean going ships on the U.S. East Coast to Red Hook. Cruise ships that visit the Brooklyn Cruise terminal at the edge of Red Hook’s residential streets will soon be “plugging in” to the city’s electric grid instead of idling their extra-dirty diesel engines while in port, thereby removing tons of carcinogenic and asthma causing fumes from Red Hook’s air and out of its vulnerable residents’ lungs. In 2012, because of this work, Adam was named one of Friends of the Earth’s “Faces of Change”.

Carolina Salguero

Carolina Salguero is Founder and Director of PortSide, an organization devoted to the understanding and enjoyment of New York City’s waterfront. She began life in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and spent her teen years in New England, often on the coast. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale with two majors (Art and American Studies). The social policy studies from the latter informed her journalism and ultimately PortSide, which offers programs designed to aid Red Hook’s revitalization—and show how water-themed programs can boost all waterfront neighborhoods in NYC. She worked around the world as a freelance documentary photographer and writer from the opening of the Berlin Wall through 9/11 where she arrived at ground zero by boat. Her intrepid work has had her survive a hit man and Shining Path bomb explosion in Peru and a car jacking at machine gun point in South Africa. Since 1998, she has been researching, documenting, boating and advocating on behalf of New York City’s waterfront. In 2002, she completed a two and a half year project on NYC tugboats for National Geographic, which introduced her to the working waterfront. In 2003, she launched the first interactive community board website in NYC for Brooklyn Community Board 6 which covered the “Piers 6-12 Study” pertaining to the Red Hook Containerport. Salguero has a “six pack” captain’s license and offers harbor tours on her 26′ powerboat. She supervised the haul-out of the Mary A. Whalen in winter 2007. She comes from a maritime family: Her uncle Ross Gannon, co-founded the shipyard Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway which designs, builds and repairs wooden boats. Her brother Antonio Salguero has worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and is a boat designer and shipwright near Seattle.

Florence Neal


Florence moved to Red Hook in 1987 and renovated a neglected 1877 building as part of New York City’s Artist Housing Program. She soon founded Kentler International Drawing Space, a non-profit organization that promotes and exhibits contemporary drawing and works on paper by local, national and international artists. Kentler also maintains a popular K.I.D.S. Arts Education program as well as hosts a Red Hook image archive that preserves the history of this waterfront community. Florence previously served for three years as Exhibitions Coordinator at Brooklyn Public Library. As a board member of Groups Against Garbage Sites (G.A.G.S.) and member of the Red Hook Civic Association, she has experience working on issues concerning the residents and businesses of Red Hook.

Jim Tampakis
Red Hook Community Committee Member

John McGettrick
Red Hook Community Committee Member


John has been a Red Hook resident for 25+ years. He is the Co Chair of the Red Hook Civic Association and a member of the Visitation Church Parish Council, Red Hook Lions, Gowanus Canal Advisory Group (CAG) and friends of P.S. 15. He is a founding member of the Working Families Party, a leader in the effort to block nuclear weapons from being based in NYC, the Project Manager for the development of Anthology Film Archives, and Vice President of Clark Investigations and Security Company. He previously worked in Government at the City and State level

Victoria Hagman

Victoria Hagman founded Realty Collective in Brooklyn, an area rich in history and architecture, after growing disenchanted with other brokerage models. She chose to model one after her own ideals and interest in shaping Brooklyn’s future, while staying connected to its cultural heritage. Victoria is involved with various planning and historic preservation issues in Brooklyn. Her work in real estate has exposed her to the individuals and institutions governing public life in New York City. Her passion for communities and the architecture of Brooklyn have led to her earning a masters degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Pratt while managing her real estate brokerage – no mean feat.

Isabel Miesner

Isabel is a graduate student in the City & Regional Planning program at Pratt. Her focus is on public space planning and design with an interest in patterns of social activities and connections within informal and incidental spaces. She is currently on the research team for the new Urban Placemaking Management master’s program-to-be at Pratt, which will center on the creation of public space through community-based needs and programming. She received her BA in Anthropology from UCLA. Isabel is also a proud new resident of Red Hook.

We want to thank the planning team that worked with us during the 8-month CRP process:  Chelsea Muller, NY Rising South Brooklyn Liason, Alex Zablocki, NY Rising South Brooklyn Liason; Amy Degaetano, NY State Department of State Planner, Coastal Resource Specialist; Bonnie Devine, NY State Department of State Planner; Kate Collignon, HR+A Advisors, Planning Consultant Team; Lindsey Gael, HR+A Advisors Planning Consultant Team; Tom Jost, Parsons Brinkerhoff Planning Consultant Team; Pippa Brashear, Parsons Brinkerhoff Planning Consultant Team; Cooper, Robertson & Partners Urban Design Consultant; W Landscape Consultan

Ian Marvy, Julia Rhodes Davis, Danelle Johnson, Elizabeth Demetriou


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