DUMBO was in the spotlight on Thursday, December 7, when Ken Burns returned to the Brooklyn Museum for an event showcasing a beautifully remastered version of his first film, Brooklyn Bridge (1981). The documentary, which premiered at the Brooklyn Museum after 5 years in the making, tells the inspiring and quixotic tale of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, a monument so practical in purpose, so large in scope, so stunning in beauty, and so enduring in significance, that it spans not only the East River but also the world as an icon of human ingenuity, civic responsibility, and artistic excellence.
Burns’s film explores the private genius of the bridge’s creators — John, Washington and Emily Warren Roebling — who engineered the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time, the public euphoria that gripped New York when the bridge opened to the public in 1883, and the bridge’s subsequent effect on the city. To do it, he pioneered a style of photography and storytelling now known, via an off-screen assist by Steve Jobs, as the Ken Burns Effect. (more…)
Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, will hold a discussion on her new book, A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park, on Monday, October 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at powerHouse Books in Dumbo. (more…)
The highly anticipated spinoff of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will debut Saturday in Dumbo at 1 John Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The annex, called Spark, is the 117-year-old Crown Heights institution’s first permanent presence outside its original location. (more…)
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday next week with a blowout at Brooklyn Bridge Park, to be hosted by Centennial Ambassador Bill Nye the Science Guy and include an activity where attendees can change the color of One World Trade Center’s spire. (more…)
Dumbo-based home furnishings company West Elm will be the first tenant to open in the massive and neighborhood-changing 146-year-old coffee warehouse-turned-retail hub Empire Stores.
The grand opening of its new flagship is set for August 18 at 8 a.m., the retailer revealed in an email Wednesday. West Elm is leasing a third of the historic building and will also have its offices there. (more…)