Meet George Fiala, the freewheeling publisher responsible for
The Red Hook Star Revue
, a free local monthly that tackles politics, education, entertainment and whatever else grabs his attention. The latest issue features a primary voting guide; how local restaurants are surviving the pandemic; and a review of Nobro, the all-female (no bro’s allowed) band.
“Red Hook is an interesting place with interesting people. I was surprised that nobody had done a paper here before,” says Fiala, who hails from Queens and previously served as general manager of another community newspaper, the Brooklyn Phoenix.
Over ten years, the Revue’s articles have won several NYS Press Association awards. Fiala welcomes pitches from any writer with a stellar idea. “Writers ask me, ‘400 words?’” says Fiala. “I say, ‘Just write the story.’ That’s why writers like me.”
Fiala used to drum with Union, a country and pop band, which helps explain his paper’s bountiful music stories. “Crawdaddy!” he says, referring to the first U.S. rock and roll criticism magazine launched in ’66, “that’s what I really want to be.”
Owning a newspaper isn’t all fun. “When you have a paper, no one likes you. There’s always someone’s name you misspelled.” However, says Fiala, “I do the paper because I love what I do. So whether people read it or not, I’ll do it.”