|Red Hook Grain Elevator Historic Aerial Photo|
|Red Hook Grain Elevator Today|
|Red Hook Grain Elevator - West Side|
|Red Hook Grain Elevator - North Side|
|Red Hook Grain Elevator - South Side|
The grain elevator was built to serve the New York State Barge Canal System, a series of waterways conceived at the turn of the last century, and meant to replace the Erie Canal. The system connected Lakes Erie and Champlain to the Hudson River and the port of New York. By 1918 the Barge Canal system was being utilized at a mere 10 percent of capacity. It was theorized that part of the reason for lower demand of the waterway was that New York lacked the storage capacity for large volumes of grain. Grain was predominantly moved by barge and rail and while grain elevators existed in New York, the railroad companies owned them and weren’t interested in sharing the storage space. In theory, larger quantities of grain should have been reaching the Port of New York from the Great Lakes area. So, in an effort to increase shipping along the Barge Canal, the State commissioned the hulking grain elevator at the foot of Columbia Street.
|Red Hook Grain Elevator from Red Hook Park|
|Red Hook Grain Elevator Dance Party|
|Red Hook Grain Terminal|
For those who are interested, it is easy to access the site from Red Hook Park. However, be warned, according to reports people are caught and fined often. I would love to access the elevator for some interior shots but for professional reasons, I cannot afford to be caught trespassing.
- Gray, Christopher “Red Hook’s 1922 Magnificent Mistake” New York Times 13 May, 1990
- "Inside Red Hook's Massive, Eerie Grain Elevator" Gothamist 17 February, 2014
- Hays, Elizabeth "Harvest of Dance at Grain Elevator" Daily News 21, August 2002