06/02/16 12:45pm
Dumbo Farmers Market

A former farmers market in Dumbo

Dumbo home cooks and food lovers, rejoice! The neighborhood is getting a new weekly farmers market.

Created by the Dumbo Improvement District in partnership with Down to Earth Markets, Dumbo Farmers Market will bring an array of locally sourced produce and meats, baked goods, and organic and sustainable specialty food to the Pearl Street Triangle — located in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge’s archway — every Wednesday starting June 8.

Dumbo Farmers Market

The Pearl Street Triangle. Photo by Hannah Frishberg

Down to Earth Markets, formerly known as Community Markets, ran a farmers market in 2009 and 2010 in the same location. The market previously closed so the company could “pursue other opportunities,” a representative told DumboNYC.

“It was basically the changing of the times, the demographic shifts, more people working in Dumbo,” Down to Earth founder Miriam Haaf told Brownstoner about why the market decided to come back five-year’s after its hiatus, adding, “Dumbo has changed substantially since 2010 and people are much more interested in shopping at farmers markets.”

The company currently manages 15 community markets in and around NYC, including a weekly market in Greenpoint and a twice-weekly market in Park Slope.

Since the first market’s closure, the next-closest sizable farmers market has been at Borough Hall, where GrowNYC hosts vendors on Tuesdays and Saturdays year round.

Around 15 vendors are expected for new Dumbo market’s first day, with expansion planned depending on community support, according to a press release.

Dumbo Farmers Market

Photo via Down to Earth

So far the roster includes Arlotta Food Studio, selling infused olive oils and handmade pasta; Karl Farmily Farms, bringing meat, poultry and eggs raised in the Hudson Valley; Pickle Licious, offering old-fashioned-style barrel pickles; and La Petite Occasion, selling with caramels and toffees made from local milk, among others.

The market will run from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through November 16. For more information, including a full list of vendors, see the market’s website.

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12/29/15 11:46am

Coffee in Dumbo

Whether you’re an exhausted parent, an office worker, or a tourist who’s been on his feet all day — it’s essential to know where to get a good coffee.

So where do you go for coffee in Dumbo? It depends on what you’re looking for. Are you looking for fresh roasted Kenyan beans, or a delicious snack to go with it? Do you want a place to sit and plug in your computer? Here are a few of the best places in the neighborhood to get coffee, for every type of coffee drinker.

For Chocoholics
If you like mocha lattes, or hot chocolate, it would be silly to get it anywhere else than Jacques Torres Chocolate. Their rich, complex, and decadent chocolate may convince you of the Aztec tale of Quetzalcoatl, who got in trouble with the gods for sharing the heavenly drink with humans. There’s not much space in Jacques Torres for hanging around, but let’s face it — if you take your mocha or hot chocolate to go, you’ll probably finish it before you walk halfway down the block.

Above: Jacques Torres Chocolate. Photos by Jeff Scherer.

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12/11/15 3:54pm

Dumbo Pizza: Love & Dough

Halcyon, the funky record store on Pearl and Water with the floor covered in smooth stones, packed up and left Dumbo for Williamsburg in August. Since then, Dumbo residents have been eagerly watching the space to see what would be taking its place. The wait is almost over.

This Monday, December 14, will see the soft opening of Love & Dough, a new Italian restaurant from Arthur Hassani. This is Hassani’s second restaurant, after the Archway Café just two doors down.

Love & Dough’s menu will feature traditional Neapolitan cuisine, the centerpiece of which will be their traditional thin-crust, brick oven pizza. The resident pizzaiolo, Giuseppe, has been making pizza in Naples for over 15 years.  (more…)

11/06/15 8:35am

We’ve all been there. It’s mid-afternoon and you’re on a sugar low. You need a little something sweet before you end up taking a spontaneous nap where you’re standing.

If you happen to find yourself in Dumbo when the cravings hit, you’re in the right place. From gourmet chocolate to French pastries to thick milkshakes, Dumbo has a wealth of options to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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One Girl Cookies

The cupcakes, cookies, and whoopie pies at this cozy bakery and café look almost too pretty to eat. Once you take a bite, though, all bets are off. Dawn Casale — the chef, co-owner, and “one girl” — gives her cookies names like Sadie (an orange butter cookie topped with shredded coconut) and Juliette (chocolate cinnamon ganache sandwiched between two hazelnut cookies). Fittingly, the interior of the café, with its light blue accents, is as much a feast for the eyes as the baked goods are. (more…)

06/26/15 10:25am

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Jacques Torres is not only a master chocolatier, he’s a Brooklyn pioneer. Torres, who had worked as the pastry chef at the renowned Manhattan restaurant Le Cirque, decided to make it on his own in Brooklyn. He set up shop here in Dumbo way back in 2000, then a fledgling neighborhood that didn’t seem like the obvious choice for a chocolate factory.

Torres and his business partner built the factory by hand and from scratch, working right up until opening day. Torres’ goal was to make hand-crafted, premium chocolates without preservatives, additives, extracts, oils or essences. His bon-bons, hot chocolate, chocolate-covered snacks, and chocolate bars became popular quickly, and by 2004 Torres was ready to expand into Manhattan.

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06/12/15 3:40pm

DUMBO is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Brooklyn and has a little something for everyone. We’ve selected some of the best business in DUMBO to get you started. Once you’ve checked these off your list,  come back to read about some of other top picks to visit after you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Have fun and enjoy the neighborhood!

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For those famous Manhattan skyline views, head straight to the waterfront. The newly developed Brooklyn Bridge Park offers green space with spectacular views. The park is still under construction, but it’s already a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Brooklyn Bridge Park’s amenities include a boathouse, Jane’s Carousel, athletic fields, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and dog runs.

 

river-cafe-dumbo-brooklyn The amazing views from River Cafe | via Facebook

River Cafe
The waterfront restaurant opened in Dumbo in the 70s, long before the neighborhood experienced its renaissance. It quickly became a destination for its romantic setting and phenomenal views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Its menu is eclectic, with American and international dishes that highlight fresh ingredients. The restaurant is upscale and expensive, but a perfect pick for a special occasion.

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