Interviewed in 2013 at age 19, Rasheed Johnson, a resident of NYCHA’s Red Hook houses, talks about how the neighborhood has changed in the past 8 years since he got here. Development has eliminated all his “hang out spots” except for Valentino Pier. “I spend more time at home... If I go outside… I go to Valentino Pier… Where you see the Red Hook blocks… I’ll go sit on those blocks and watch the waves.”
Edited interview by oral historian Shannon Geis.