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The Fairway Market opened in the spring of 2006, and occupies the first two floors of the 1869 structure originally built to warehouse coffee, in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Red Hook is one of the few areas of South Brooklyn full of small manufacturing and service companies, but many of the older warehouses had long been unused or abandoned. The Fairway market was therefore a big revitalization project for a less prosperous urban area, and it has been followed in the past few years with a new Brooklyn Cruise Terminal that the Cunard line uses most often for the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship , and New York City's first IKEA store.
There is a little cafe inside the market where you can order simple breakfast fare like bacon and eggs or French toast, etc, or choose a muffin or scone or delicious pastry to go along with your coffee, and there is a seating area both inside and outside. We always sit outside, because there are stunning views of New York Harbor and unimpeded views of The Statue Of Liberty!
Here are my friends, R and L hamming it up for my camera because they know I will be blogging all about this.... they were so silly, even though they weren't drinking mimosa's!
A more refined photo below, taken by a fellow outside diner. Notice that there is not much left of our breakfasts on our paper plates! Egad! Look at my arms! Now you can see why I have to exercise!
I'm standing on the water taxi dock in the photo below. It brings shoppers from downtown Manhattan to Brooklyn's Fairway, as there is no nearby subway stop for the market. Notice the statue again in the distance over my shoulder. The market built a nice promenade all around the shore area of their property.
Part of the fun of having breakfast at Fairway is going shopping afterwards!
We have to buy our coffee beans ....shhh...don't tell anyone, but I like flavored coffees, like hazelnut! Not very chic, am I?I loved the colors of the bell peppers ... they were as bright as a van Gogh painting!
I love how the produce staff artistically stacks all the vegetables. I need someone to do this in my refrigerator, please!
Ah ha! Buy something here and you can make it appear like you slaved over a hot stove all day long!
OK lady, hurry up! I can't pose like I'm holding an invisible fish all day long!
The view from the parking lot .... I love the original old shutters on the warehouse, and the metal stars on the facade. In true New York fashion we heard that luxury condos will be built on the renovated upper floors. I dream about having one with a harbor view! I imagine a big loft with artists at work painting with all the natural light coming in those big windows!