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…)
On Saturday, August 27, hundreds of cyclists will ride en masse along 7.5 miles of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway at the inaugural Brooklyn Bike Rave, a glowtastic night ride with lights and music.
Brooklyn Bike Rave, hosted by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, is New York’s first event of its kind and allows the participant to become an integrated part of the experience by bringing their own creativity and lighting up their bikes, dressing up and playing music from a synchronized playlist, while experiencing the energy of nocturnal Brooklyn at its best. (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…)
Registration is now open for The Epic Ride, presented by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI). The 8th annual 30-45-mile bike ride from Greenpoint to Riis Park Beach will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Riders will discover unfamiliar neighborhoods, pedal through city, state and national parks, and take in spectacular bridge and city views along the Brooklyn Waterfront and Jamaica Bay Greenways.
The fundraising ride supporting Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will showcase the potential of a fully completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway, and will travel along Greenway segments old, new and soon to break ground. (more…)
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.
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.
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.