Ivy Pochoda’s Visitation Street is as much about the neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn as it is about the people she invented there. It’s the story of two young girls, one who’s been lost in waters off the neighborhood’s shores, and a cast of other characters drawn into the gravity of the accident in which she disappeared. These photos taken by performer and writer Brady Dale give readers a sense of what some of these neighborhood spots look like, and the quotes that go with them provide a feel for the way Pochoda describes her scenes.
At a reading at Brooklyn’s Book Court, near Red Hook, Pochoda said the only street’s name she changed was Pioneer, which became the eponymous “Visitation Street.”
The Erie Basin
“Out here he’s witnessed the secret underside of Red Hook. He’s seen a flaming car pushed into the water and what he would swear was a severed arm floating by, shriveled and blue like a sea creature.”