Urban Recovery House, a project of Michael Mosberg, husband of Jemima Kirke, and Johan Sorensen, got the OK of Community Board 6

Fancy Red Hook rehab center gets community board approval

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Brooklyn’s Betty Ford clinic got the thumbs up from a local panel on Wednesday night.

Community Board 6 voted 24 to 9 to approve the Urban Recovery House, a high-end Red Hook drug treatment facility that will cost as much as $50,000 for a 28-day stay, arguing that the rehab planners have bent over backwards to prove their facility will not alter the neighborhood for the worse.

“There is no other high-end rehab center on the East Coast,” said Community Board 6 member Suzanne Turet. “I think it’s the sort-of mixed-use thing that we want.”

Owners hope to open the drug treatment center in 2016 on Richards and Van Dyke streets, offering an abstinence-only program with such treatment options such as yoga, acupuncture, and music therapy. The facility will not accept health insurance or government assistance money.

A stipulation of the board’s approval was that the center create a community advisory group before opening.

A few panel members held out against the get-clean center, saying that an upswing in non-industrial development in the neighborhood is threatening local jobs.

“I’m solely against this because of some of the rumors I’ve been hearing about what’s going on in the Red Hook area,” said Roger Rigoli. “Jobs are being lost.”

Project partners Johan Sorensen and Michael Mosberg, husband of “Girls” star Jemima Kirke, have said their facility will create about 50 clinical, support, and maintenance staff positions. They have also promised to hire locally whenever possible.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Right Hooking Redbeards says:
This is kewel deeeeeed! Get high on Mom's money in Bushwick; get sober on Mom's money in Redhook! Keeping in local local local deeeeeeeed!

$50,000 a month? Pshhh, that's just a little bit more than a 100 year old 4th floor walk up studio on a desolate street in Nieuw Bozwick. Piece of bacon infused cupcake!
March 13, 2014, 6:50 am
Soured from Red Hook says:
$50K for 28-days, no insurance accepted. Safe to assume the "guests" have some serious cash reserves. After their recovery they might just want to become part of the community that they associate it with. One potential aftereffect could be more wealthy snapping up property and applying even more pressure on the current population to keep affordable housing. And what if... just maybe, the plan is for the center to fail, resulting in the loss of a manufacturing facility (Ahava) to eventually be converted into what?
March 13, 2014, 7:16 am
resident from Red Hook says:
It's called gentrification. Folks will check in and never check out.

The owner will then claim hardship and that it hasn't hurt anyone.

Civic Assoc pushed it because they want gentrification and gentrification is about REAL ESTATE, not people.

Red Hook needs a real civic leader that represents the people of Red Hook and a community board that stops the conversion of industrial space for drug centers/hotel/residences.
March 13, 2014, 11:04 am
Warren from Mombassa says:
Well, I'm gone to Detox Mansion
Way down on Last Breath Farm
I've been rakin' leaves with Liza
Me and Liz clean up the yard
March 13, 2014, 12:26 pm
SwampYankee from ruinedBrooklyn says:
While I question putting a rehab facility inside of a city of temptations I think a super high end place like this will be successful beyond anyone's expectations. There is a lot of money in the greater NYC area and addiction just ain't for poor people. A savvy business move and he clientele here don't have to worry about the lack of decent public transportation to the facility
March 13, 2014, 2:36 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Dipster doesn't want to go to rehab-no, no, no, no, no.
Pardon the interruption.
March 13, 2014, 2:37 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
As Robin Williams said, cocaine is god's way of telling you that you have too much money.
March 13, 2014, 2:47 pm
JFC says:
Long live Die Hipster.
March 13, 2014, 5:52 pm
ty from pps says:
Residential rehab in Brooklyn... hmm. I'm sure they'll get lots of customers, but if you were wealthy and were going to do a month in rehab, wouldn't you prefer to go somewhere pretty and far-flung? Like a mountain resort setting or Hawaii or some such?
March 13, 2014, 6:07 pm
Tk from ps says:
Great fancy hipster junkies!!! Just lovely!
March 13, 2014, 9:41 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
It's a very good idea. The whole wave of hostels, hotels,, gyms, spas, and why not clinics. It's gentrification 2.0 and it bodes well for local jobs, especially in environmental and food sevices. Bring it on! Shabbashazaam!
March 13, 2014, 10:09 pm
dragontail from CrownFunk says:
Rehab is for quitters.

Quitters never win.
March 14, 2014, 8:51 am
CB6 SELLOUT from Red Hook says:
Yea CB6, your all about selling out Red Hook for hipsters and real estate interests.

Try thinking about the people there first, the majority of the people that don't need nor want your Court St restaurants & grocers, just a place to live and work.
March 14, 2014, 9:38 am
Miriam from Crown Heights says:
Pardon my idealism , but isn't it a positive thing to create rehab centers ? Too expensive , wrong area etc etc, yes okay but at the end of the day another institute such as this will do much more good than damage . Wishing all well in their recovery .
April 12, 2016, 3:58 pm

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