The Resilient Red Hook (RRH) group was founded as a result of hurricane Sandy by a NYS-funded program NY Rising. It was originally the Red Hook NY Rising Committee. After completing the state-funded work in Spring 2014, the group kept meeting and a few years later, rebranded as RRH.
Since the NY Rising period, the group's mission has not included preparing Red Hook for floods in a hands-on, first-responder way. Their approach has been more of a planning and advocacy conversation about resiliency. They then started doing a master plan for Red Hook's development with consultants Perkins & Will, talked a lot about climate change issues, and in 2020 and 2021, have been making plans for mitigating truck traffic expected from the multiple ecommerce warehouses being built in Red Hook.
History of the NY Rising committee and its resiliency plan for Red Hook:
The NYS Governors Office for Storm Recovery (GOSR) created the NY Rising "Community Reconstruction Program" (CRP), an 8-month planning process that kicked off in September, 2013, for 45 areas in the state, including Red Hook, affected by storms Sandy, Irene and Lee. $3MM in federal funding was allocated to Red Hook's plan. Red Hook, like the other the 45 areas, had to create a plan for the allocated funds by having a state-selected committee of community members work with, and be a liaison between, the community and state-hired consultants. The committee met every two weeks and had multiple public engagement events.
The idea was that the State would provide funding and consultants for communities to develop resiliency plans, bringing planning resources to small communities that usually could not afford them. The Red Hook group, working with some of the top planning and design firms in NYC, was charged with making a neighborhood resiliency plan with a budget of $3 million dollars during a work period from September 2013 to April 2014. The State picked the consultants, the Red Hook people to be on the committee and drove the process (timeline, framework, etc), so though there was a strong grassroots voice, it was not a grassroots-driven process.
The committee continued to meet after completing that State-initiated work in April, 2014.
In February 2017, the committee changed its name to Resilient Red Hook to reflect that its mission was moving beyond the original State-funded plan. At the same time, it began a process to design its own website.
The final CRP plans were rolled out in Albany on April 23, 2013:
Mini brochure summarizing the NY Rising Plan
The Resilient Red Hook webpage conveniently breaks the plan into separate sections, each with its own link
Official NYS webpages
Current RRH info
Prior to covid, the committee had been meeting the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30pm, usually at the Kentler Gallery at 353 Van Brunt Street or Realty Collective at 351 Van Brunt.
Contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee blog which covered the 2013-2014 period is at http://redhookcrp.wordpress.com/