The Red Hook Winery presents: exclusive wines for Red Hook Initiative

_MG_9742The Red Hook Winery has partnered with Red Hook Initiative (RHI) to create three wines with labels designed by young adults from Red Hook, Brooklyn. RHI’s Digital Stewards (ages 19 – 24) complete a year-long fellowship in technology and media training. As part of the graphic design component of their training in fall 2015, Digital Stewards collaborated with the Red Hook Winery to create three wine labels. The Digital Stewards crafted, presented, and refined concept designs for the Winery, resulting in three new label designs. Valentino adorns Red Hook Winery’s Merlot and pays homage to the pier outside the Digital Stewards office window.  This blackened purple Merlot has a medium bodied flavor profile of mint, dark berries, spice. The Red Hook Winery chose two different labels for their medium-full bodied 2015 Chardonnay with aromatic notes of chamomile flowers and orange zest. These labels pay tribute to Red Hook’s rich history: Roede Hoek refers to the original Dutch name for the neighborhood, while Pointers and Creekers is a nod to Red Hook’s rival gangs, who formed alliances during the turn of the century in order to survive.


In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated Red Hook, leaving residents without electricity or heat for nearly a month. In the immediate wake of the storm, RHI operated as the neighborhood recovery hub, distributing food and supplies, delivering meals to homebound residents, and organizing volunteers to clear water and debris from local businesses. One of these businesses was the Red Hook Winery. When asked why he continues to partner with RHI, Mark Snyder, owner of Red Hook Winery, says, “We wouldn’t be here without Red Hook Initiative, especially after the storm.” Red Hook Winery will generously donate 10% of proceeds from these wines, available for purchase here, to RHI’s youth development programs. Any order can be gift wrapped for free with a personalized gift message.

The Red Hook Winery, founded in 2008, creates wines specially crafted with a variety of local grapes, and aims to discover what New York means in liquid form.

OEM Recognizes Red Hook Local Leaders

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RHI Receives Partners in Preparedness Award

Last week, RHI and the Red Hook Local Leaders proudly accepted the Partners in Preparedness Award from the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Four alumni of the Local Leaders program, who now co-facilitate training sessions at RHI, attended the ceremony to accept the award from Commissioner Joseph J. Esposito.
Local Leaders is a bi-annual emergency preparedness training series, conducted in both English and Spanish, to ensure that residents of Red Hook gain the skills needed in a crisis and the ability to become leaders of the response and recovery efforts of any emergency or disaster. Over 125 Local Leaders have participated in the program since it began last year as a project of the Red Hook Coalition. The training improves individual and family preparedness and strengthens the social resiliency of Red Hook residents. Partners include NYC agencies, EMTs, FDNY, and organizing groups.
RHI is honored to be the recipient of an award recognizing the resilience and preparedness of Red Hook residents in the event of an emergency. Three years ago today, when Hurricane Sandy left thousands of residents of the Red Hook Houses without electricity, heat, or running water, RHI staff organized and took action to respond to the needs of their own community. Today, the presence of Local Leaders increases the neighborhood’s preparedness and ensures long-term resilience here in Red Hook.

Wave of the Future

Published on September 17, 2015
The flotilla will set out from Valentino Pier on Sunday, making its way into the choppy waters of New York Harbor.

It’s the Red Hook Regatta, and it’s not your average regatta (if there is such a thing).

For one, all of the boats are 3-D printed, radio-controlled and have to fit in a 2x2x2-foot box.

And for an extra challenge: The boats must transport as much cargo — little boxes made to look like shipping containers — as possible in the time allowed.

Pioneer Works, an arts center in Red Hook, and Red Hook Initiative’s Digital Stewards, a branch of the nonprofit that helps get young people ready for a digital work environment, collaborated to create the event.

David Sheinkopf, co-director of education and a tech integrator at Pioneer Works, spoke about how the regatta came to be.

“It brought up a lot of interesting ways to use this technology to teach nontech things,” he said.The goal was to explore Red Hook’s history and the important role that shipping played, he said, and then translate it into a 21st-century technological language.

Seven teams will be participating — five from Digital Stewards, one jewelry designer and his daughters, and one team of engineers from Oxo, the kitchen and office supplies manufacturer.

“Those guys are way over-engineering it,” Mr. Sheinkopf said of the Oxo team. “I think we’re going to” beat them, he said, in saltier language.

The Red Hook Regatta launches on Sunday at 4 p.m., at the Valentino Pier in Red Hook.