Fairway reopens to cheers, dancing, and large crowds
Welcome back, Fairway!
Hundreds of shoppers and neighbors from across Brooklyn and New York City came to Fairway Market’s Red Hook store at 480 Van Brunt Street this morning to celebrate the store’s grand reopening — a much-anticipated event that brought together city officials, singing and dancing schoolchildren, and Miss America 2013.
“Red Hook has always been defined by its place on our waterfront — during good times and bad — but it’s also been defined by incredible toughness and resiliency,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, then adding that “the reopening of Fairway is a big step forward in Red Hook’s recovery.”
Ever since Hurricane Sandy brought upwards of five feet of water into the stores, homes, and basements of local residents and businessowners, the community and small businesses of Red Hook — separated from the rest of Brooklyn by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway — has been without its primary source of fresh and varied produce, which also serves as a community touchstone.