Imposter! Red Hook rag spotted inside our box

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A loyal reader and former intern spotted a stack of Red Hook rags sitting inside one of this newspaper’s signature blue boxes in Carroll Gardens on Tuesday, as he went to grab a copy of the borough’s favorite broadsheet.

And it wasn’t the first time our former Brooklyn Cyclones reporter spotted the squatting in action, he claimed.

“Finally caught a pic of this parasitism,” said Ben Verde, a senior at SUNY Purchase whose family lives in Carroll Gardens.

Several copies of the Red Hook Star-Revue’s November edition, featuring Godzilla — the Japanese monster, not the legendary turtle roaming Green-Wood Cemetery — on the cover mysteriously made their way inside the box sometime between the delivery of last week’s Brooklyn Paper and this week’s print edition, out on Friday.

But the Star-Revue’s publisher — who said he leaves stacks of the paper around Red Hook and Carroll Gardens, and has more recently been bringing it up the East River to Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights — swore he was not the culprit, claiming anyone who reads the free publication could have stuck it in the box.

“Anybody can pick up a stack of papers and put it wherever they want,” said George Fiala. “I never put any papers in your news box. I have no idea how it happened, I’m not responsible what our readers do with our papers.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, November 8, 2018
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Celia from Brooklyn Heights says:
That’s not a rag! The Red Hook Star Revue is a very nice read. Although it should not be in your box.
Nov. 8, 2018, 1:22 pm
Zaxby says:
I often find Dog Poop in the Brooklyn Paper box. Oh no, wait, that is your publication.
Nov. 8, 2018, 7:32 pm
Red Hook Rag from Town says:
This is the most perfect headline. "Red Hook Rag" - and that's just what that paper is. And anyone who knows George the F. of that paper knows this is his MO. Further, I've seen him all over the nab taking out the Brooklyn Paper and other local staples like it i.e. the Brooklyn Eagle, etc., and putting in his Rag. He's a dirty sloppy looking guy, pants don't fit, wrinkled sports coat, hair sticking up, chubby -- look for him doing it and photo for the BP.
Nov. 9, 2018, 10:33 am
OMG from Red Hook says:
So funny! I see that nut all over pulling out everyone's papers and putting in his. He usually "scopes" the area first before "committing his crime". It's the only way he can get anyone to read it by taking taking all the other papers out.
Nov. 9, 2018, 12:47 pm
Sylvia from Red Hook says:
That guy is certifiably crazy. Besides looking and acting like a kook, he rights opinion based stories only and tries to disguise them as factual. He participates in public discussions under the premise of being a Local Business and then he uses his voice to sway the discussion or add controversy just to heighten interest. He should be told he cannot wear two hats. As a reporter, he should be required to identify himself and ask questions only as a reporter is permitted to do, and not as a Concerned Citizen. Only thing he's Concerned about is supporting his Red Hook Rag paper.
Nov. 12, 2018, 12:11 pm

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