Red Hook Reporters: The Good Fork and The Record Shop

By Denise Hewitt (16) Robert Lopez (16)

For more stories by the Red Hook Reporters, please go here.

What’s your story?

DH: We focused on businesses within Red Hook and their impact on community, whether positive or negative and how they fuse together into something grander that we call Red Hook. We explored the dynamics between the store owners, the employees who work there, their customers, and the community as a whole and what they have done for them.

RL: We went to The Good Fork and Bene’s Record Shop. We took in the atmosphere. We interviewed Bene at the Record Shop and Kara at The Good Fork. We wanted to see their perspective on the neighborhood as a whole.

What was something surprising you found?  

DH: For me, it was at the record shop. There’s this basement space that people can use for band practice. The actual space itself was what I found interesting. Typically, in a cafe in the city or a space in LA, it’s as if whoever builds and runs the space wants it to have a rustic look — a brownstone aesthetic with wooden tables and wooden walls. In the basement, it’s just how it is. It’s not anything pretty. There’s concrete. There are hoses sticking out of the wall. Hearing the back story of how the basement floods all the time, and what it takes to maintain it….it’s not just an aesthetic. This is how people actually live and work. I loved how humble and homey the whole shop was, including the basement space. It fits the neighborhood.

RL: At The Good Fork, they have two kitchens. There’s a small one upstairs and a big one downstairs. Most restaurants have the kitchen in the back so no one can see it. But because they have a pathway to the garden, they needed to separate the kitchens. It was interesting how they miniaturized everything into one small space.

DH: They also had that ice cream that tasted like fruit loops. They used some kind of leaves and the aftertaste just tasted like fruit loops.

What’s your next story?

DH: I think all the good stories are maybe taken. I really liked the other ideas of going to the abandoned warehouses. There was also one that covered people in the senior home. I would love to experience that and to hear the dynamics of older people in the neighborhood.

RL: I’m thinking of doing something maybe with rights. At the same time, I have like multiple layers like rights for women, and rights for people of different color. And then at the same time, because of the recent events, the rights of kids on the border that were separated from their families. You could see all the pressure got to the president and he had to change the policy. He preferred it the other way. You could see it. He preferred it the other way but all the pressure fro everyone and from all the different countries got to him. I also want to focus on some stuff with youth, with career choice. Maybe involve some food, and maybe some events.

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