03/22/16 8:21am
Dumbo, Brooklyn, in Tom Clancy's The Division

Everyone’s favorite selfie spot, mid-apocalypse. Via YouTube.

The third-person shooter video game Tom Clancy’s The Division was released on March 8, and it offers virtual tourists and Brooklyn residents alike a rare opportunity: to stroll around Dumbo armed to the teeth, in the middle of an apocalypse.

New York is in chaos in the wake of a devastating smallpox pandemic, and as a sleeper agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, your job is to restore to order. Fortunately for us, YouTube user River Frozenn took a break from the mission to give us a tour of the game’s impressive rendering of Dumbo. (more…)

03/04/16 4:26pm
Wellth Launch Party at Powerhouse Arena

Jason Wachob interviewed by Charlie Knoles at Powerhouse Arena. Photo by Anders Krusberg.

A who’s who of the health-conscious came to Powerhouse Arena on Tuesday to attend the launch party of Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume, the new book from Dumbo resident and mindbodygreen founder Jason Wachob.

Wachob describes Wellth as “a prescriptive memoir where I share my journey from Wall Street to wellness entrepreneur, and also share simple tips from the best wellness experts in the world.”

A sold-out crowd of 200 listened to see Wachob being interviewed by Charlie Knoles, a Vedic meditation teacher, director of The Veda Center, and cofounder of the meditation event series The Path. (more…)

02/29/16 11:08am

Gotham Brokerage insurance pizza

Sponsored By Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc.

Let Gotham show you how getting NYC apartment insurance is fast, friendly, affordable, and easy.

Created By BlankSlate

New York City isn’t like the rest of the country. Don’t believe us? Look at what national chains call pizza. Stuffed crusts? HOT DOG CRUSTS? Yeesh.

This may pass for pizza in parts of the country that don’t know any better, but here in New York, good sauce and a perfect crust are more important than weird gimmicks. Real New Yorkers eat local pizza, whether it’s from the fancy brick-oven pizzeria in the next neighborhood or the cheap slice place on the corner.

When it comes to finding the right insurance for your Brooklyn apartment, there are a lot of national insurers with 800 numbers who think they know what you need. Thanks to the stuffed crusts, you know better. You need to talk to someone local. Someone who knows that New York property values and labor costs are higher, while crime rates are lower. Someone who knows how to deal with the peculiarities of Brooklyn co-op boards and condo associations, and can evaluate the risks inherent in buildings with older plumbing and electricity.

Gotham Brokerage Co., Inc. is a local, family-owned company that has been helping New Yorkers find the right apartment insurance for more than 50 years. They know the ins and outs of New Yorkers’ insurance needs. They work with quality brands such as Progressive and Travelers, hand-picking policies that work best for locals. (more…)

02/24/16 10:59am
Mayor de Blasio Brooklyn to Queens Connector

Artist rendering of the proposed waterfront streetcar via Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector

Sponsored By Navy Green.

Navy Green is a brand new development of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condo units starting at $720,000 and 3-4 bedroom townhomes starting at $1.995 million, directly across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Created By BlankSlate

Prospective residents of the new mixed use development at Navy Green, straddling the borders of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, may wonder about the Brooklyn Navy Yard a couple blocks to the north. What does it have to offer people who live in the area?

Right now, the Navy Yard is primarily an industrial park where a thriving community of artists and craftspeople, manufacturers and distributors, and other Brooklyn entrepreneurs ply their trade. Its visitor center, BLDG92, stages exhibitions, events, and tours that showcase the past, present and future of this historic landmark.

But what’s really exciting about the Navy Yard is what’s coming in the near future. With a cash infusion of as much as $140 million flooding the area, there are a host of new developments in the works, including a high-end food court at Building 77, a 74,000-square-foot Wegmans supermarket, the expansion of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, and — perhaps — Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious plan for a streetcar which will connect the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts from Sunset Park to Astoria. Read on to find out more. (more…)

02/09/16 2:57pm

Artists have long relied upon Dumbo’s timeless architecture, ethereal light, and melancholy atmosphere for inspiration and source material. It’s a secret that film and television artists have increasingly exploited. As recently as December, the makers of John Wick 2 were painting at least part of their dark tale on the Dumbo canvas. But film buffs know this is no new phenomenon; here are some famous films and television series that have set part of their stories in Dumbo.

Once Upon a Time in America

Still from Once Upon a Time in America via Brownstoner

Once Upon a Time in America
The distinctive view of Manhattan Bridge as seen from Washington Street serves as the official poster of Serge Leone’s masterwork about a Jewish gangster who returns to the hard luck streets from which he rose. The film is loaded with iconic Brooklyn locations. (more…)

02/09/16 10:00am

Pierhouse playroom

Sponsored By Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Pierhouse offers expansive one- to five-bedroom, townhome-style condominiums in world-class Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Created By BlankSlate

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly condominium, Pierhouse is a great option. The new waterfront development holds obvious appeal for grown-ups, who appreciate the well-appointed living spaces and the best views in the city, but it’s the amenities at Pierhouse and in its surrounding neighborhoods that make it a great spot for children and their caregivers. The building features a children’s room with an outdoor play terrace and bicycle storage for all ages.

Pierhouse is right next to one of the fastest growing urban recreation areas in the country, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park stretches from the area around Jane’s Carousel between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges southward to Pier 6—and there are plans to expand even further south into Red Hook and beyond. (more…)