Red Hook could get deluxe rehab clinic called Urban Recovery House, offering, yoga, acupuncture, and more

Re-habitat for rich humanity

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It is Brooklyn’s Betty Ford Center.

Red Hook could be getting a high-end drug rehabilitation center called the Urban Recovery House, where patients would pay as much as $50,000 for a 28-day stay just steps from the muddy banks of New York Harbor. Such a project is long overdue, according to the guys putting their money behind the venture.

“We expect high-net-worth individuals and families,” said Michael Mosberg, one of Urban Recovery’s backers. “There’s a glaring deficiency in New York for this kind of facility.”

The center, which owners hope will open in 2016, will offer live-in patients such addiction-combatting treatments as yoga, acupuncture, and music therapy and will not accept health insurance or government assistance money. The pitch led one Red Hooker to question exactly who the facility is intended to serve.

“Are we talking about average people?” asked Robert Berrios, spokesman for Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. “Or are we talking about Justin Bieber?”

The rehab clinic is planned for the corner of Richards and Van Dyke streets and would include 30 beds in a five-story building. The ground floor would be reserved for parking as a way of protecting from floods.

Neighbors were freaked out about the prospect of the place being a methadone clinic, having bid multiple fill-in-fix centers good riddance in years past.

“It was like ‘Dawn of the Dead’ with people walking around the neighborho­od,” said John McGettrick, Red Hook Civic Association co-chairman, about the scene on the streets outside the heroin-substitute stations.

But the brains behind the latest get-clean clinic assuaged the concerns at a community board meeting on Thursday.

“Never will we be a methadone clinic,” said Mosberg. “We are an inpatient facility.”

The program he wants to run is based on total abstinence, he added.

Mosberg is a partner in the project with Johan Sorensen.

The pair expect their facility to create about 50 jobs, including clinical, support, and maintenance staff positions. They pledged to hire locally whenever possible.

The project planners also said they would provide free assessments and referrals for Red Hook residents seeking drug treatment.

“Our passion doesn’t lie in getting the super-rich off drugs,” said Sorensen. “My passion is in helping people to get clean.”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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resident from Red Hook says:
Heck No! Take your rich rehab elsewhere.

These guys are as phoney as they come - as soon as you look at them you know they are full of it. They'll start with this BS rehab do-gooder nonsence, then they'll flip it to a residence. Tricksters they are, that's all.

No more gentrification in Red Hook - we don't need an avenue for the filthy rich to get confortable here and then start buying condos. Tell your story wanking and find another house to haunt.
Feb. 10, 2014, 11:16 am
resident #2 from Red Hook says:
I'm with the resident above, why would anyone want a rehab center in their neighborhood. That is if it really is one. They are a couple of shysters is all.

The say the rich will be their clients to make is sound like the kind of people that wouldn't want to live in Red Hook. But we know there's no way rich folk are going to some rehab in the back of Red Hook with a couple of charactures looking like this.

It's simple, "folks will check in, and won't check out". Then they will cry hardship and ask for a rezoning to residential. Same old story with a "rehab ring" to it.

The writing is on the wall, these guys never did this type business before, and ain't going to do it now. This is a scam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb. 10, 2014, 12:45 pm
Resident #3 from Red Hook says:
I had trouble with drugs when I was younger. If these guys will help some of the kids round here then more power to them that's more than what I got.
Feb. 10, 2014, 9:17 pm
Louise from Red Hook says:
Not one drug addicted person FROM Red hook will be allowed to get help in this new rehab. This will be ONLY for the filthy rich..We cleaned up Red Hook from drugs and now because the rich want it it's OK? Horrible...
May 31, 2014, 7:21 am

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