From my photo archives: the warehouse, and a detail of a pier, of the former Revere Sugar Refinery. Both were demolished during the summer of 2009, two-and-a-half years after the demolition of the iconic refinery building itself.
Revere Sugar Refinery Demolished; previously near Beard St. and Richards St., Red Hook, Brooklyn
The American Stopper Co. moved to this former Chesebrough Manufacturing complex in 1903 and expanded the facility to accommodate its own growing business. The company, which made tin containers for chocolate as well as many personal-care products, was acquired by the American Can Co. in 1915; the precise date of this sign is unknown. Today the complex is occupied by apartments and small businesses.
American Can Company Stopper Factory Surviving signage on Verona St. (Richards-Dwight Sts.), Red Hook, Brooklyn
In some obvious regards, my hoi thawt ($14) wasn't a ringer for the "broken crepe" served at Bangkok's expansive Aw Taw Gaw wet market. Pok Pok's was fresher-looking and considerably fatter, down to the individual mussel meats. Yet the hoi thawt held together, thanks to a minimal not-too-crispy batter, at least till I had at it.
I don't know what hot sauce was served with that Bangkok hoi thawt, but one wouldn't imagine that Huy Fong sriracha sauce — the ubiquitous American-made "rooster" brand found in squeeze bottles throughout New York — would have many takers in Thailand. Possibly it was the well-balanced Shark brand sriracha, made in Thailand, and served at Pok Pok, too.
Pok Pok Ny 127 Columbia St. (Norfolk-Suffolk Sts.), Brooklyn 718-923-9322 www.PokPokNy.com
The sprawling tented stalls were banished several years ago, replaced by far less charming carts and trucks stationed outside the ballfield fences. The chow — prepared by a dozen or so vendors from Central and South America — has held up, by and large. But I miss the communal atmosphere of summers past, hence the handful of older photos in my slideshow.
Red Hook Ball Fields Near the corner of Columbia and Bay Sts., Red Hook, Brooklyn www.RedHookFoodVendors.com Saturday and Sunday, mid-morning till late afternoon May through October, give or take
The aguas frescas ("fresh waters") at the Sosa stand include horchata (or-Chot-uh, the leftmost of the four large containers), a name that describes a variety of vegetable beverages but that in New York typically denotes a sugared drink made from rice and scented with cinnamon.
In Red Hook, "among the forests, beaches and rolling hills," Baked bakes cakes, cookies, brownies, and pies "that pay homage to classic American desserts." Read the promotional copy on the back of the menu, and you might say that the corn is growing awfully tall; try the coffee cake and you'll take that back. Beneath a sweet, very cinnamony layer of crumbs is a body nearly as rich as pound cake, marked by a thin vein of chocolate. Boy, that's good.
The coffee cake ($2.50) is set out on Saturday only; don't count on finding it Sunday morning.
Baked 359 Van Brunt St. (Wolcott-Dikeman Sts.), Red Hook, Brooklyn 718-222-0345 www.BakedNYC.com
I hardly expected a Vietnamese sandwich, and to be sure, the bun was too soft and the patty, too hefty. But a little cilantro — in the company of spicy mayo, julienned carrots, and a thin slice of ham — goes a long way when you're building a "banh mi burger" ($8). The fries were a little limp, but the diner atmosphere was lively.