Red Hook may get to drink its beer and unload its cargo, too, now that city officials are considering retaining a container port that has long been slated for eviction and giving a nearby waterfront parcel to Brooklyn Brewery.
The arrangement would be a temporary solution until litigation is resolved between the Port Authority and the port operators, American Stevedoring Inc, according to the Economic Development Corporation.
The EDC has long maintained that Red Hook is not the right location for a container port because there is no access to the railroads used for cargo.
Councilman David Yassky (D–Brooklyn Heights), who says the cargo port creates jobs, said the two-pier solution would be “a homerun.”
The Williamsburg-based brewery plans to move in the next three years because of escalating costs. The city has promised to help find space for the brewery so that it will remain in the borough that gives it its name.