07/10/15 11:44am
Team 8 ARCHITECT: Marvel Architects

Team 8 ARCHITECT: Marvel Architects

The plans were unveiled for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s two new condos at Pier 6 last week. There are 14 submissions for review before the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation selects a winner in the fall. Pier 6 buildings will include 30% affordable housing, a pre-K facility, amenities on the ground floor for the park, like public rest rooms, some even include public indoor swimming pools, and a pedestrian bridge over the BQE connecting Columbia Place and the park.

Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park was opened in June 2010. While part of the Empire State Development Corp’s (ESD) overall plan, building condos near Pier 6 has been controvertial. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has said that they are committed to minimize condo development on the park, but park officials maintain that the Pier 6 development is necessary to fund the park. ESD’s condo plans for Pier 6 development (since 2005) site “is permitted under the Park’s General Project Plan (GPP) for residential development with a maximum height of 315 feet on Parcel A, while Parcel B allows for residential, ground floor retail, and a maximum height of 155 feet.” However, a petition from savepier6.org argues that “parks are for “people and plants,” not skyscrapers and shadows from skyscrapers.”.

Per the Mayor’s Office:

“These are proposals to develop housing alongside Brooklyn Bridge Park near Pier 6 that will generate vital funding to maintain the park in perpetuity. They were submitted to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, which will make a selection in the fall. Consistent with the de Blasio Administration’s goals of maximizing affordable housing, 30% of the housing in the projects will be affordable to working families, with preference given to people from the nearby community, many of whom are being priced out of this corner of Brooklyn.”

To view each team’s proposal, go here: CAC Pier 6 design presentation 08.06.14.pdf (PDF file)

Architect photo renderings after the jump.

{Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 Condos REVEALED, Gothamist}
{Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Controversial Pier 6 Towers, Revealed, CurbedNY}
{ESD leaves door open to new environmental review of Pier 6 development, Brooklyn Daily Eagle}
{Opponents of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 highrises: ‘Build only to support park!’, Brooklyn Daily Eagle}
{Brooklyn Bridge Park board presents figures to back its Pier 6 plan, Brooklyn Daily Eagle}
{Brooklyn Bridge Park Project Approvals & Presentations}


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!

06/30/15 3:53pm

[UPDATE: The owners have heard from witnesses that a “white haired, no teeth, and bare footed” woman walked off with the dog. Dog owners, please keep a watch.]

DOG STOLEN in Dumbo – Chihuahua Mix – Reward $$$
Our dog Charlie was stolen Tuesday morning (June 30th) at the Dumbo playground. She is a 13 year-old Chihuahua mix, fawn colored and about 8lbs. Very sweet mannered and requires some medication so hope someone can find her soon.

We tied her up for a few minutes right at the playground as we had in the past (and many others do, including outside stores), and when we returned, a lady said that a suspicious person had walked off with her. We then had 2 other individuals describe the same lady at a different time.

Our 2 year old is devastated and we hope someone will find her. If you find her or believe you have seen her, please call or text us at 718-614-5059. We are offering a cash reward for her return.

And if you have tied your pet outside somewhere (as we had many times), would urge you to reconsider next time.
Thanks, Owners


Posting for a fellow Dumbo resident:

Our dog Charlie was lost this morning (June 30) at the Dumbo playground. She is a 13 year-old Chihuahua mix, fawn colored and about 8lbs. Very sweet mannered and requires some medication.

Our 2 year old is devastated and we hope someone will find her. If you find her or believe you have seen her, please call us at 718-614-5059. We are offering a cash reward for her return.


06/30/15 11:00am


Sponsored By 60 Water.

60 Water, in the heart of Dumbo, offers NYC's best views from its studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments.

Created By BlankSlate

60 Water Street, a new rental building in Dumbo, has a location that’s hard to beat. It’s a block away from the river and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and steps away from neighborhood landmarks such as St. Ann’s Warehouse, Grimaldi’s, and Jacques Torres. And with the views of the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop garden, you might wonder why residents of 60 Water would leave to go anywhere else.

Fortunately, whether you’re heading off to work or just having a weekend adventure, Dumbo offers a lot more ways to get there than by driving or taking the subway. Thanks to Dumbo’s riverside location between two of Brooklyn’s most iconic bridges, residents of the neighborhood can easily walk, bike, or even take the ferry to their destination.

Read on for the many ways you can spice up your commute.


06/29/15 12:00pm


Sponsored By Navy Green.

Navy Green is a brand new development of 3-4 bedroom townhomes starting at $1.8 million, directly across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Created By BlankSlate

Navy Green is a new development in the historic neighborhood near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Taking up almost the entire block where the Navy Brig once stood — bounded by Park, Clermont, Flushing and Vanderbilt Avenues — Navy Green is a village of townhomes and condos surrounding a 30,000-square-foot common green. Residents of this development will be able to enjoy this quiet neighborhood’s many charms, including the restaurants, bars and shops of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, the nearby Brooklyn Greenway, Navy Yard attractions, and even a brand-new Wegmans supermarket.

The neighborhood adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard — sometimes referred to as Wallabout, sometimes as extensions of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — was once described by the founder of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program as an “outdoor architectural museum.” Belgians settled in the area as early as 1624, but Wallabout (from the Dutch Waal-bogt, meaning “a bend in the harbor”) remained largely rural until the opening of the Navy Yard in 1801. Many of the houses in the neighborhood were built for the people who worked at the yard, which was shut down in 1966 and gradually converted into the center for industry and the arts it is today.

Following are some of the best attractions in the neighborhood around Navy Green.