Red Hook Hub Alert

, Community, Emergency

Red Hook Business Impact Survey – COVID 19

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Red Hook Business Association is collecting information from Red Hook Businesses to gauge the impact on business operations and sales during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please fill out this short survey so we can gather more information and derive solutions on how we can help. Access the survey here


, , , Art/Music, Information

Freedom School: Read Aloud!

When: Friday, March 20, 2020


With millions of children (and many of us) at home as communities respond to the coronavirus crisis, we are looking for a way to bring great CDF Freedom Schools®  books to children who do not have books in their homes. The CDF Freedom Schools community knows the power of Read Aloud, and now we want to take that online. We're asking any partners who can participate to record a video of an at-home Read Aloud and send it to us. We hope to collect Read Aloud videos that we can share with our networks on social media, while we also encourage people across the country to record their own Read Aloud and share it with us, their children, and their friends and families. Check out these examples of a CDF staff-led Read Aloud and a Read Aloud from our partners at The Listening,  Inc. CDF Freedom Schools program to get inspired! Please send us your videos at or post them on Instagram and Twitter, tagging us and using #ReadAloudforKids. Please follow us on Instagram at @childdefender1973. Please feel free to share with your networks, friends, and family.


, Community, Emergency, Housing

NYCHA is halting residential evictions for as long as the City is under a state of emergency.  

When: Monday, March 16, 2020


NYCHA encourages households experiencing a loss of income to access our rent hardship program. You may qualify for a rent reduction if all the following conditions are met: There is at least a 5% reduction to gross income; Current rent is more than 30% of the net household income; and Reduction in income has lasted at least two months. Residents can request a rent reduction by completing an Interim Recertification via the NYCHA Self-Service Portal or by calling their Property Management Office to request a paper form be mailed to your home. If your household experiences a complete loss of income, you may qualify for NYCHA’s Zero Income Policy; please call your property management office to participate in the required eligibility interview.


, Community, Emergency, Information

Online Connectivity and Learning

When: Monday, March 16, 2020


Hello Families,  NYC just announced DOE Schools will close this week. Here are resources on how to get connected for families without WIFI, and resources to help with online learning and social connection. We practiced with an online sing-a-long this weekend and kids loved it.  Connect to free online resources here...


Community, Employment

Brooklyn Public Library Closed

When: Sunday, March 15, 2020 Along with the City's increased efforts to slow the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Brooklyn Public Library has decided to close our doors. Beginning Monday, March 16, all our locations will be closed through at least March 31.  While we are closed, we encourage patrons to use our digital resources, many of which are linked at the bottom of this page. It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to combat misinformation. Find reliable and up-to-date information about the outbreak from the following vetted resources: NYC Department of Health: Key information from the City of New York on COVID-19 updates, including preparation and response measures. Center for Disease Control: Updates on the federal response to COVID-19, including travel advisories and national infection numbers. World Health Organization: Information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19, including daily situation reports with international infection numbers. BPL's Remote Resources Did you know that many of the Library's resources are available online? Here are just some of the things you can do from home: Check out an eBook Read the newspaper Browse dozens of magazines Listen to BPL's podcast, Borrowed Pick up a new language Learn a new software, business or creative skill Children and teens might enjoy: Hearing a story from our singing librarian Learning about career options Discovering different cultures Practicing for the SAT and other tests Learning about social issues like climate change Putting together a submission for our teen writing contest And the whole family can learn about the 2020 Census together.



NYC Schools Closed March 16th through April 20th

When: Mar 16-Apr 20, 2020


UPDATE Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced the City will move towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020. Monday, March 16, 2020 Tomorrow, March 16, there will be a one-day full system closure, however breakfast and lunch will be available at every building through Grab-and-Go meals. From Tuesday through Thursday, teachers and administrators will participate in professional development on remote learning, and students will begin picking up materials for continued instruction. Grab-and-Go meals will be available for students at all schools until further notice. The schedule, as we move to remote learning, is as follows: Monday, March 16: Citywide closure. Students, teachers, and principals do not report. Tuesday, March 17: Thursday, March 19: All staff reports. Teachers and principals participate in professional development on remote learning. Thursday, March 19-Friday, March 20: Students who need it will be able to begin process of picking up the technology necessary for remote learning. More guidance to families will be sent this week. Monday, March 23: Remote learning launches, with additional guidance provided throughout the week of the 23. Monday, March 23, 2020 Effective Monday, March 23, Regional Enrichment Centers will be available for the children of first responders, healthcare workers, and our most vulnerable populations, with more details to follow. Additionally, remote learning will go into effect for grades K-12. DOE will support schools at all levels of readiness to deliver remote learning, and more information will be provided to families about online platforms. Learn at Home Get DOE-specific Learn at Home instructional resources in English for students in grades Pre-K through 12, including for diverse learning and students with disabilities (coming Monday, March 16, 2020). Helpful Links For Families Get Learn at Home activities for all grades See Parent Teacher Conference information Text COVID to 692-692 to receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments For Staff For translated versions of family letters, go to Coronavirus Parent Letters(Open external link). For principal, school and staff guidance see the InfoHub(Open external link). Our Commitment to Health and Safety The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City. We encourage everyone in our school communities to listen to facts and not respond to fear. It’s important we come together as a city and support one another as neighbors and New Yorkers during this time. COVID-19 is not more likely found in any one race or nationality, and we must each model inclusion and actively work to combat bias in our workplaces and communities.


, Emergency, Health, Information

Coronavirus Info

When: Monday, March 9, 2020


Text COVID to 692-692 for real-time updates or visit Call 311 to report harassment or discrimination. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause either mild illness, such as a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia. Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected. A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not been previously seen in humans. The disease, called COVID-19, can be spread from person to person. There are no specific vaccines or treatments available for this novel coronavirus, or any other coronavirus. However, medication and vaccine research is underway. Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Factsheet (PDF, March 8) Other Languages: 繁體中文 | 简体中文 | Español  


, Employment

Bike Share Organizer Needed



Red Hook Initiative is seeking a Bike Share Organizer to implement an outreach program to increase awareness and utilization of the Citi Bike program within communities of color who reside in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Red Hook contains 15 Citibike station docks, connecting community members with neighborhoods throughout New York City. The Bike Share Organizer will host events to promote Citibike access including free rides and other promotional events and will distribute information about Citibike through in person outreach and presence at community events and meetings. The Bike Share Organizer will be responsible for documenting and reporting of outreach efforts. The ideal candidate is passionate about biking, knowledgeable of the Red Hook community, and confident engaging with community members about bike access. If interested click link below and apply. Bike Share Application


What's Going On in Red Hook

Community, Emergency

Coronavirus Resource: Online Connectivity and Learning

When: Monday, March 16, 2020


Hello Families,  NYC just announced DOE Schools will close this week. Here are resources on how to get connected for families without WIFI, and resources to help with online learning and social connection. We practiced with an online sing-a-long this weekend and kids loved it. Deep care to you all, we’re in this together. 


~ Vanessa

PS139 Parent 


Help Families get connected to WIFI


Share your internet – If you have internet, you can share your internet with your neighbors who do not have connectivity if your router reaches their apartment/ home. You can simply share your password with them for the time being. 


Low cost or Free WIFI


Brooklyn Public Library Hotspots – BPL has now closed through March 31st, but we are checking on resources they may offer.


Internet Essentials from Comcast – If you live in a neighborhood with Comcast, you can access Free Comcast Internet for 60-days for Low-Income Households. 


Spectrum Broadband – If you live in a neighborhood with Spectrum, you can get free Spectrum WIFI for 60 days if you are a parent of a K – 12 or college student. 


Optimum You may be eligible for Altice Advantage Internet, a low-cost high-speed internet service to benefit families, seniors and veterans. Altice Advantage Internet is available to new Optimum and Suddenlink internet customers, who have not had internet service within the past 60 days and a member of the household also meets one or more of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Eligible for or participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); or
  • New York City resident and attends a New York City public school; or
  • Eligible for or receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 65 years of age or older; or
  • Veteran receiving state or federal public assistance 


NYC Mesh – is community supported WIFI available in some Brooklyn neighborhoods (see map).  They are working to support people who don’t currently have an internet connection, you can fill out their join form and they will be in touch. 


Red Hook Wifi – If you live in Red Hook you can access Red Hook WIFI, free community wifi from multiple hubs. You can also get community updates on Red Hook Hub


Social Connectivity & Online Learning – Zoom is an online meeting platform. They have temporarily lifted the restriction on time limits for free accounts so people can use it for online learning – it’s a perfect platform for kids to interact and for virtual classes. You can find instructions for signing up here 

Once you create an account you can create a meeting and invite others to join. 

Google Hangout – If you have a gmail account, Google Hangout may be the easiest platform to use. To schedule a hangout, you can go to Google Calendar, schedule a calendar time, and click on “add conferencing” and “Hangouts.” You can then enter email addresses in “guests,” and click “save” and “send.” Your guests will get an emailed invitation. They can click the calendar invite, and click “Join Hangout” to be connected to you at that time.  Mobile users will need to add the “Google Hangout” app to join.


Online Learning Resources


Scholastic Offers free resources, strategies, lessons for remote learning


How can Khan Academy be used for remote learning during school closures?


Khan Academy schedules for school closures


List of Companies offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings 


Games is a virtual chess platform, you can play live players, and set up tournaments. 


Language Learning

DuoLingo  is a free, fun, kid-friendly language learning program and app (can be done on a smart phone)


 BPL’s Remote Resources

Did you know that many of the Library’s resources are available online?

Here are just some of the things you can do from home:



Children and teens might enjoy:



And the whole family can learn about the 2020 Census together.