Red Hook housing projects

A rendering of Basis Independent Brooklyn, a pricey new private school proposed for a lot (below) near the Red Hook Houses on Columbia St. Courtesy Basis Independent BrooklynThey're seeing red in Red Hook, where residents are fired up over a plan to open a top-dollar private school just blocks from one of the city’s largest housing projects.

An Arizona-based educator plans to open its first private school, called Basis Independent Brooklyn, on Columbia St. next fall. The company runs 12 charter schools in Arizona, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Some Red Hook residents say that a school does not belong anywhere near truck-heavy Columbia Street. The tuition will run , 500 per year, and some residents say that is way too pricey for most families in the slowly gentrifying industrial neighborhood.

“Our children will not be able to attend that school, ” said Lillie Marshall, president of the tenants association in the west wing of the Red Hook Houses. “We don’t need it here.”

In the immediate area surrounding the proposed school — which includes the Red Hook Houses — the median household income is $16, 784, according to the most recent census data.

“Most people here are just trying to survive paycheck to paycheck, ” said Mickey Rivera, 33, a mother who lives in the Red Hook Houses.

Natalie Musumeci for NYDN

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Red Hook Houses or Tompkin Houses - which is better?


Looks like there are prices, information about them, articles from people that lived there, etc. Ought to be enough?