Folk music. Bluegrass. Country. These are not genres one necessarily associates with the Brooklyn waterfront. Until recently, Dumbo’s previous musical claim to fame was being the backdrop of the 1987 Bananarama video for “Cruel, Cruel Summer.” During the past three years, however, Brooklyn Americana Music Festival founder Jan Bell has worked to change that.
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The sounds of fiddles, banjos, mandolins, and lots and lots of guitars echoed throughout Dumbo and Red Hook this past weekend, thanks to the festival, which started in 2015. This year, the 2017 Brooklyn Americana Music Festival consisted of more than 60 acts across seven stages and four days, kicking off with a sold-out gala last Thursday at the Jalopy Theater in Red Hook–showcasing bands from as far away as Kansas (Truck Stop Honeymoon) and Indiana (Tim Grimm Family Band)–and finishing Sunday night with an afterparty at Dumbo landmark Superfine.
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Over the weekend, performances took place in the Archway under Manhattan Bridge, at beloved Red Hook watering hole Sunny’s, Red Hook Bait & Tackle, 68 Jay Street Bar, and the picnic tables at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. Shows started on Saturday and Sunday around noon and went, in some cases, past midnight. Local performers included 12-year old Little Nora Brown, the Brothers Brothers, the Chapin Sisters, Gangstagrass impresario Rench, and the Defibulators. (more…)
Cobblestone streets. Nineteenth-century brick warehouses. Striking views of the sky and water.
Dumbo, an historic industrial neighborhood, has in recent years been transformed into one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in Brooklyn, combining luxury living and the amenities that cater to it. (more…)
Prospective residents of the new mixed use development at Navy Green, straddling the borders of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, may wonder about the Brooklyn Navy Yard a couple blocks to the north. What does it have to offer people who live in the area?
Right now, the Navy Yard is primarily an industrial park where a thriving community of artists and craftspeople, manufacturers and distributors, and other Brooklyn entrepreneurs ply their trade. Its visitor center, BLDG92, stages exhibitions, events, and tours that showcase the past, present and future of this historic landmark.
But what’s really exciting about the Navy Yard is what’s coming in the near future. With a cash infusion of as much as $140 million flooding the area, there are a host of new developments in the works, including a high-end food court at Building 77, a 74,000-square-foot Wegmans supermarket, the expansion of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, and — perhaps — Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious plan for a streetcar which will connect the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts from Sunset Park to Astoria. Read on to find out more. (more…)
Artists have long relied upon Dumbo’s timeless architecture, ethereal light, and melancholy atmosphere for inspiration and source material. It’s a secret that film and television artists have increasingly exploited. As recently as December, the makers of John Wick 2 were painting at least part of their dark tale on the Dumbo canvas. But film buffs know this is no new phenomenon; here are some famous films and television series that have set part of their stories in Dumbo.
Once Upon a Time in America The distinctive view of Manhattan Bridge as seen from Washington Street serves as the official poster of Serge Leone’s masterwork about a Jewish gangster who returns to the hard luck streets from which he rose. The film is loaded with iconic Brooklyn locations. (more…)
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly condominium, Pierhouse is a great option. The new waterfront development holds obvious appeal for grown-ups, who appreciate the well-appointed living spaces and the best views in the city, but it’s the amenities at Pierhouse and in its surrounding neighborhoods that make it a great spot for children and their caregivers. The building features a children’s room with an outdoor play terrace and bicycle storage for all ages.
Pierhouse is right next to one of the fastest growing urban recreation areas in the country, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park stretches from the area around Jane’s Carousel between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges southward to Pier 6—and there are plans to expand even further south into Red Hook and beyond. (more…)
Brooklyn shed its “little brother” complex with Manhattan long ago, but you have to admit that one of the best sights in the borough is the view of the Manhattan skyline from across the bustling East River.
Located immediately to the south of the Brooklyn Bridge, Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park offers unobstructed views of lower Manhattan, Governors Island, and the Statue of Liberty. Pierhouse sits at the intersection of Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights, situated in the stunning landscape of Brooklyn Bridge Park and within walking distance of some of Brooklyn’s most popular attractions, including The River Café, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and the bridge itself.
And then there’s the building itself. Every residential unit is a duplex that faces Brooklyn Bridge Park and Manhattan, with views to the west and the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to the east. Limestone-clad piers frame the western façade, while playfully tinted panels on the east façade riff off of the colors of Brownstone Brooklyn. The rooftop is made up of private, paved patios interspersed with native grasses and shrubs.
With 18-foot ceilings in most living rooms, wood floors made from reclaimed heart pine, water and energy efficient design, and automatic roller shades, Pierhouse is as forward-looking as it is stylish. (more…)