12/03/15 10:34am

Dumbo Holiday Tree (from 2010)

A tree grows in Dumbo!

Tonight in the Pearl Street Triangle the holiday season begins in earnest with Dumbo’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting. Sponsored by the DUMBO Improvement District, this all-ages block party will ring in the holidays with singing, dancing, cocoa, and a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus.

The fun starts at 6 p.m., featuring calypso from the Brooklyn-based steel drum band Jah Pan, excerpts from the Nutcracker courtesy of Dumbo’s own Gelsey Kirkland Dance Academy, and carols by Opera on Tap, who will be a-wassailing around the neighborhood until 9 p.m.

For you chocolate lovers, the highlight may well be hot cocoa provided by Dumbo’s “Mr. Chocolate,” Jacques Torres. And Santa will be there to greet the kids — make sure to bring unwrapped toys for children ages 0 to 14 for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive! It’s a great way to make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list.

The big countdown to lighting the tree — generously donated by Adam Parke Trees — will be led by DUMBO BID executive director Alexandria Sica. Be sure to stick around until 7 p.m… the organizers have hinted that there’s a very special surprise in store!

Pictured above: Dumbo’s 2010 holiday tree.

 

10/20/15 3:03pm

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As in past years, there are several planned activities during the Halloween weekend in Dumbo. The DUMBO Improvement District has organized the March to the Arch parade (with Dumbo’s Great Small Works leading the march with puppets), a kids party under the Archway (with hot chocolate provided by Brooklyn Roasting), pet costume event, and a Halloween costume ball. Look for other fun things like a photobooth (sponsored by Dumbo’s own Brooklyn Central), storytime, hands-on arts with Creatively WILD Art Studio, and beer, wine, and bites at the Archway Lighthouse.

Storefront trick or treating, with 40+ businesses participating is from 4-7pm, October 31, 2015.

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07/03/15 9:53am
(Photo by Jane Kratochvil from Flickr)

(Photo by Jane Kratochvil from Flickr)

The Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks will be over the East River for the second straight year. Great for Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights residents! Your best bet is to head to your rooftop for a clear view of the fireworks (and avoid the crowded streets). If you don’t have access to a Dumbo loft roof, walk over to Brooklyn Bridge Park or the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (at Montague Street and Pierrepont Place).

Brooklyn Bridge Park will be open on July 4 and this year will have a double barge south of the Brooklyn Bridge and barges between 23rd and 34th Street on the river. Like prior years, the streets in Dumbo will be closed to traffic beginning at 4pm on Saturday and security will be tight (Bags will be checked by NYPD at all entrances).

If you’re planning on watching the fireworks on the waterfront in Dumbo, you will have to walk from the subway stations (F, A/C, 2/3). East River Ferry service stops at 4pm. To enter the Brooklyn Bridge Park, use the park’s entrances at Old Fulton and Furman Streets, Joralemon and Furman Streets or Old Dock and Furman Streets (detailed info here).

Streets closed around Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights (NYPD weekend traffic advisory):

  • Area bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the South; Old Fulton Street on the North;
  • Hicks Street on the East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Front Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
  • Water Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street

Happy July 4th America!

04/28/15 8:00am

GlobaLenzGirls Photography Exhibit

Join #GlobaLenzGirls, the premier of photographer Chloe Louvouezo, at an intimate receptionist exhibit in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The event is free and open to the public. Food and wine will be sponsored by Taste of Ethiopia. Through a lens of global citizenship, Chloe shares a candid and colorful reflection of the radiance of people and places with which she connects. In this photography series, she captures the vibrancy of women and girls in her travels to Cuba, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Collectively, these photos tell the story of love, humility and fatigue.

02/10/15 10:51am

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Fellow Dumbo resident Brian Abrams with illustrator John Mathias launch their new book, Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office. The book contains 44 essays on how each commander-in-chief smoked, drank and had sex. John’s 100 illustrations shows the context for each of these presidents (and a bonus of 44 historical cocktail recipes in the book).

Join author Brian Abrams and illustrator John Mathias as they celebrate history with a side of cheek and share a plethora of true tales about our nation’s leaders and lechers, from a pill-popping Nixon to a tail-chasing Woodrow Wilson to a skinny-dipping JFK, and much more. The book launch will be at PowerHouse Arena on Tue, February 10 at 7pm.

Cartoonist Mark Ziemann will also be at the launch to draw complimentary “presidentized” caricatures of you. And of course booze will be served.

{Dumbo author dishes dirt on presidential debauchery, Brooklyn Paper}

Brian Abrams and John Mathias launch “Party Like a President” at PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (between Water and Front Streets)
Feb. 10 at 7 pm. Free.