03/16/15 2:30pm

Brooklyn Strand

The parks committee of Community Board 2 will host Claire Weisz, a principal at WXY Studio, who will present the final plan for Brooklyn Strand, a reimagining of the open spaces from Brooklyn Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park and extending to the NYCHA developments. The plan was devised after a series of stakeholders meetings and a public session co-sponsored by Community Board 2. The project is a collaboration between the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the office of the mayor, the city’s parks and planning departments, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Brooklyn Strand is one aspect of the planned Brooklyn Tech Triangle strategic plan.

Watch a Brooklyn Daily Eagle video from the November public meeting (details of the meeting).

Location: Brooklyn Law School, Feil Hall, Geraldo’s Cafe, 205 State Street (between Boerum Place and Court Street), in Downtown Brooklyn. Please note the non-standard location.
Date/time: Monday, March 16, 2014, 6pm

For more on the Brooklyn Tech Triangle plan, go to brooklyntechtriangle.com.

03/11/15 10:24am

Peas & Pickles re-opens


After being closed for renovations for almost 2 months, Peas & Pickles has reopened with a bigger and brighter space that includes a larger deli counter, more seating, and a wall of fresh produce.

The renovation opened up the existing back room and installed new floors, LED lights (which brightens up the space), and extended the prepared food counter to cater to the lunch crowd with custom sandwiches, wraps, burgers, quesadillas, and sushi selections.

Peas & Pickles Grocery
55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(corner of Washington and Front Streets in Dumbo)
(718) 488-8336
Open 24 hours
Google+ listing

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03/10/15 5:42pm

111 Front Street galleries

Two Trees Management, the real estate management firm is relocating art galleries on the second floor of 111 Front Street to other gallery spaces in Dumbo, according to Hyperallergic.com.

From the article:

“The galleries will take over retail spaces on Plymouth Street, and we are converting the former Galapagos building,” Lisa Kim, the director of cultural affairs at Two Trees, told Hyperallergic. “This street-level presence will be a big move for the galleries, and we’re excited to be able to make this happen.”

Art spaces currently located in 111 Front Street include Klompching Gallery, Stephen Romano Gallery, Kunsthalle Projects, and Masters Projects. Among those making the move to the new locations will be the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), which has had offices and an exhibition space at 111 Front Street for a decade; United Photo Industries, which also organizes Photoville and outdoor exhibitions of photography; the feminist nonprofit A.I.R. Gallery, which will take up residence at 155 Plymouth Street; and Minus Space, which moved to Dumbo from Gowanus in 2011.

The gallery owners Hyperallergic contacted had “nothing but praise for their landlord”, which has supported the arts since they began redeveloping Dumbo in the 1990s.

The former Galapagos Art Space building

The former Galapagos Art Space building

02/26/15 3:00pm

MNS, the Brooklyn real estate firm published their January 2015 Brooklyn Rental Market Report earlier this week (along with their Manhattan Rental Market Report). Andrew Barrocas, CEO of MNS, notes that average rents throughout Brooklyn increased by 2.64% from $2,598 in January 2014 to $2,666 in January 2015.

The market has picked up since December 2014. The largest percentage increases in rent prices were seen in Studio units in Cobble Hill, Clinton Hill and DUMBO. The largest percentage drop was seen in Studio units in Greenpoint.



Some other highlights of the report include the following:

  • Rent Prices in Brooklyn decreased by approximately 0.02%- from $2,666.88 in December 2014 to $2,666.26 in January 2015
    • Average rents throughout Brooklyn increased by 2.64% from $2,598 in January 2014
  • Listing Inventory increased slightly by 5.34% from 3,148 listings units in December 2014 to 3,316 listings Units in January 2015
  • The largest percentage increases in rent prices since December 2014*
    • Studios in Cobble Hill (up 11.3%), Clinton Hill (up 10.19%) and DUMBO (up 9.72%)
  • The largest percentage decreases in rent prices since December 2014*
    • Studios in Greenpoint (down 18.14%)

*It is important to note that these neighborhoods had 10 or less studio listings at the time the sample was taken, a minimal number compared to other Brooklyn neighborhoods

02/26/15 7:00am


Coney Island Brewing Company introduced a beer inspired by “the legacy of Brooklyn as a haven for artists and homesteaders for the last forty years”, called Overpass IPA, a tribute to Dumbo.

From a press release dated January 27, 2015:

Overpass recognizes the artists, musicians and renaissance souls that staked claim and built a community Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (D.U.M.B.O.). Their creativity is embodied by the juicy citrus and tropical hop aromas in a deep golden, richly aromatic IPA.

“We wanted to bottle the essence of Brooklyn in our beers,” said Mike Sheehan, Coney Island Beer Ringleader. “With rich flavors, eclectic ingredients and a mix of both recognizable and subtle flavors, we hope people can really get a taste for the spirit of the borough.”

Coney Island Brewing Company’s Overpass is available at Foragers Market and at Bridge Fresh in Dumbo (other available locations: coneyislandbeer.com/find).

(This is not a sponsored post; we haven’t received or tried this beer, but if anyone has tried it, let us know what you think in the comments below).