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Widow Jane & Cacao Prieto

This website is only slightly defunct, I swear.

A few weekends ago some friends and I spent the day in beautiful Red Hook – a South Brooklyn neighborhood that, for many, was a bit off the map til Hurricane Sandy made it famous by devastating it (or unless you needed to get a Flunktrång at IKEA). Since then, the neighborhood has immensely recovered, thanks in large part to dedicated residents, hardworking neighbors and volunteers, and of course the never-give-up attitude of many small businesses. Despite the neighborhood’s vulnerability to severe weather due to its proximity to the Hudson River on one side and Gowanus Canal on the other, and it’s relative remoteness due to poor subway access, it’s become a haven for independent operations seeking more space, and perhaps solitude as well.

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“Prohibition Bakery,” Because I Like Manhattan Too

Here’s the full version of my film that screened on Thursday night, and while it is not officially a Brooklynography production (since Prohibition Bakery is in Manhattan on the Lower East Side, gasp!) the girls behind this business are still awesome because they make a fine, fine product with lots of love and care. Plus, it just might get ya drunk.