The Destination Red Hook Photo Contest Winner Is...
Congratulations to Karen Yau Østensjø, the winner of Fairway Market's Destination Red Hook photo contest!
Karen captured this winning action shot of a distiller at Cacao Prieto/Widow Jane Distillery, after lunch in Red Hook. In this picture, he is pouring tastings of White Rum for visitors on a tour of the distillery.
Based in Manhattan's Upper East Side, Karen and her husband took the Red Hook ferry last weekend to explore the neighborhood. They typically visit Red Hook twice a year, but Karen said that during this trip, "we discovered many reasons to go back."
"We'd gotten cocktails and the waiter mentioned that the drinks used the whisky and bourbon from the tasting room next door. Afterwards, we walked over to check it out and watched as a tasting was going on with the man in the photo."
"He looked like an interesting person and now that I've taken the photo, I feel like more people want to know his story."
Another reason to venture back to Red Hook: Karen will receive a $100 gift card to Fairway Market in Red Hook. Perhaps next time she visits she'll discover the story behind this tattooed character.
Does anyone know this bartender's story?
UPDATE: We were thrilled to hear from the mystery "bartender", who so kindly informed us that he is actually a distiller. Vince Oleson, thanks for revealing yourself! Perhaps next time you can meet Karen, the woman behind this amazing picture.
The Red Hook summer weekend ferry, managed by NYCEDC in partnership with Fairway and IKEA, began service on Memorial Day weekend to support small business recovery post-Sandy. A new stop was created at Van Brunt Street—near Fairway Market and IKEA—to provide convenient access for New Yorkers to visit small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Sunday was the Red Hook ferry's final day of operation for 2013. Over 140,000 passengers rode the ferry, with a third of passengers using the new landing location at Van Brunt Street.