’Light’ is on in Hook

’Light’ is on in Hook
The Brooklyn Paper / Tom Callan

Brooklyn’s one-stoplight town is growing up.

City workers installed Red Hook’s second stoplight this week, slowing traffic at the intersection of Van Brunt and Sullivan streets (above) and pleasing residents who had called for the light since a pedestrian was killed there last spring.

Since then, a large Fairway grocery store has brought many vehicles through the once-sleepy intersection, which is in front of the neighborhood elementary school, PS 15.

“There were so many cars and trucks going fast and not paying attention,” said Red Hooker Elsie Mieles.

The neighborhood’s first stoplight was installed near the Brooklyn cruise terminal when it opened last year.

Could the one-time red light district be getting even more? The Red Hook Civic Association is already asking for two more traffic lights, said John McGettrick, the group’s co-chair.

“The Sullivan Street light was a long-overdue first step, but much more must be done,” he said.