Red Hook Public Housing: Picturing the Past and Renovating for Resilience

Janes Walk

Led By Ann Segan, Research Associate, Living New Deal AND Brodie Hefner

President Franklin Roosevelt employed millions through his New Deal programs to build public works during the Great Depression. In Red Hook, the New Deal built housing, a pool, a recreation center, and a large new park. Dr. Ann Rothstein Segan, Research Associate of the Living New Deal, and daughter of renowned documentary photographer Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985), will talk about her father’s in-depth 1942 photo essay documenting life in the new community for one of FDR’s New Deal agencies. City planner and public housing specialist Brodie Hefner will discuss the origins of the largest public housing development in Brooklyn, and the Housing Authority’s half-billion-dollar project to revitalize the property with innovative resiliency measures in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.


If you plan to travel to our meeting location by subway, please note that access to the Smith-9th Street F-train subway station platform is by stairs only (no elevator). Participants should wear comfortable shoes. On the tour you should expect to walk about 2 miles. There are CitiBike stations in the area.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 4, 2024
11:00 AM
2 hours

Borough: Brooklyn
Theme: Art & Architecture, Environment, History & Culture
Language: English
Mural on building in Red Hook, Brooklyn
Photo: Sylvia Laudien-Meo for MAS.