11/08/10 7:00am

Rapid Realty Inc.

Rapid Realty has leased space on 1 Anchorage Place in Dumbo. The retail space was formerly occupied by Jan Larsen Art’s outpost retailer The Workshop. Rapid Realty is a residental and commercial real estate brokerage business focused on rentals. At the time of this posting, there are 98 results for Dumbo on their website ranging from $630 for a commercial space to a $5,500 1 bedroom (1447 sqft) condo to a $15,000 ground floor (5,000 sqft) commercial space (“Great for a restaurant or bar; dine by moonlight”). Welcome to Dumbo!

Rapid Realty Inc. (rapidnyc.com)
One Anchorage Place (at Plymouth Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

07/11/10 8:34am


On Sunday, July 11th, the Dumbo Improvement District shows the Final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup:

1:30PM – Netherlands v. Spain
(listed time is when television coverage of the game begins, game time is one hour later)

So, celebrate the final World Cup game of 2010 with fellow soccer enthusiasts in The Archway, under the Manhattan Bridge! Halftime tunes selected by halcyon the shop. Also, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will join soccer fans to view the event.

This weekend, Time Warner Cable’s Ice Cream Truck will be at the event serving cups and cones for the suggested donation of $1, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to local museums.

Afterwards, head over to the Celebrate Brooklyn! concert in Prospect Park. Gates open at 3PM, with the show starting at 4PM with headliners OkayAfrica with the Roots and Talib Kweli.

Also, join the Dumbo Parents Organization from 4-5:30pm as part of the organization’s FREE Summer Series. Jane Walentas has generously offered to open the carousel for rides for neighborhood families.

(Photo by Josh Derr)

06/25/10 1:22pm


(Photo courtesy of Dumbo BID)

Just like last year, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will be over the Hudson River. Unless you have access to a rooftop in Dumbo, you won’t be able to see the Hudson River fireworks. However, tomorrow (Saturday, June 26) is Children’s Day at the South Street Seaport, which includes the only fireworks over the East River this summer. Children’s Day schedule starts at noon but fireworks will begin at dusk. Watch them from the Brooklyn Bridge Park or your favorite Dumbo loft rooftop (provided you have access or friends who live there).

Also, this weekend, join the Dumbo BID for more World Cup 2010 action under the Manhattan Briddge. Saturday’s schedule include:

9:30am Round of 16 Uruguay v. South Korea
2:00pm Round of 16 USA v. Ghana

For schedule and more information, go to the Dumbo Improvement District’s facebook page.

06/22/10 3:00pm

In March, the Dumbo Improvement District (DUMBO BID) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for design schemes and ideas that re-envision the public space known as the Pearl Street Triangle from professional architects and designers that reside or work in Dumbo.

Once a parking lot and illegal dumping site, the DUMBO BID with NYC DOT, opened the transformed Pearl Street Triangle on August 8, 2007, complete with its signature bright green paint, street furniture and public art features as a temporary treatment to gage the community’s response and usage of the space. In the three years since, the DUMBO BID is looking towards future uses of the public space and hopes that this competition will spur some thought on how the Pearl Street Triangle should evolve as an innovative and functional public space for Dumbo.

They showcased 8 design proposals in May. Last night, the DUMBO BID announced the winner of the Pearl Street Triangle “Ideas Competition.” The winner was by Brendan Coburn, AIA of Coburn Architecture (based at 45 Main Street) and his project designers, Yuliya Ilizarov and Abdou Ndoye titled “The Tracks: Ride the Rails!”

Project Name: The Tracks: Ride the Rails!
Description: The Tracks plaza takes it’s inspiration from the myriad of rail lines that at one time weaved their way through the industrial streets of DUMBO. As these tracks emerge from beneath the pavement surrounding the triangle they become the armature for a series of tiered seats that wind through the site to create three amphitheater-like spaces: the first, facing the Manhattan Bridge, is delineated by seating for films projected onto the masonry wall that encloses the arch beneath the bridge; the second, a performance and display space enclosed by two opposing tiers; and the third, where a low tier hugs a series of in-ground fountains. Shallow alcoves are molded underneath the higher tiers, welcoming local artists to display their creations.

All of the submissions were interesting and had a different spin on the use of the public space. There was even one that proposed adding a subway stop at the Manhattan Bridge anchor above the Triangle with an elevator/stairs down below. How do you think the space should be used? Other submissions after the jump.

05/07/10 8:07am

Tickets for the Night Market in Dumbo last week sold out and attracted over 2,000 people to the outdoor food festival in The Archway in Dumbo, hosted by David Chang of Momofuku Restaurant. Dumbo based Kitano Pictures, a video production company was there on our behalf to cover the event. Check out the video to get a sense of how the event went:

Interviewees in order of appearance:
Barry Dobesh of Zengo
Ben Schneider of The Good Fork
Annabelle Phojanakong of Umi Nom and Kuma Inn
An Nguyen of Bep
Jonathan Wright of The Setai Hotel, South Beach Miami
Jina Kim of MyBrooklynKitchen.com
Jean Jo of the Korean Cultural Service NY
Chris Rendell of Double Crown
Ricardo Moncada of Halcyon
Danielle Chang, Founder of LuckyRice
David Chang of Momofuku and event host
Yang of Sentosa / Nyonya

Great work Danielle Chang and the LuckyRice team for making it happen in Dumbo. And a special thank you to Kitano Pictures for the video production! For more about Kitano Pictures, go to facebook.com/KitanoPictures.

Other sites that covered LuckyRice:
Metromix NY
New York Street Food
Always Hungry
Appetite for Good
DumboNYC Flickr Photo set