Welcome to the inaugural Hometown Headlines post, a new bi-weekly news roundup at Dumbo NYC!
This week, it seems that Dumbo will be having a green Christmas. On Monday, members of Community Board 2’s Parks Committee gave the ok on plans to redesign Bridge Park 2. The park is currently almost entirely concrete. The plan is to un-pave paradise and turn the park into a verdant playground with artwork throughout.
Speaking of municipal improvements, Brooklyn Heights Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, the self-styled “Queen of Gowanus,” says that the plan to bury the Gowanus Expressway — creating an underground tunnel from 3rd Avenue to the Harbor, and connecting from there to the BQE — is nearly complete.
The fact that the wheels are turning on that tunnel might be welcome news, since the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX), the proposed streetcar that will run from Astoria to Sunset Park with stops in Vinegar Hill, Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights, is already behind schedule.
‘Twas the week before Christmas… and if you’re like us, you’re wondering what’s going on around town. Well we’ve got you covered in the Merry department. Here are all the fun goings on in the Nabe this week.
Happy Hanukah, Dumbo!
Fire and Ice Hanukkah Celebration @ Jane’s Carousel (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Enter at Dock or Main St.), 4:30-6pm, Free. Join Chabad of Dumbo & Dumbo Gan and Friends for a last night of Hanukkah celebration at Jane’s Carousel. Featuring free carousel rides, face painting, arts and crafts, holiday fare and an ice menorah. RSVPNew York Road Runners Open Runs @ Fornino (Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park) Check in 6:45, Run 7:00pm, Free. All runners welcome, from first time runners to seasoned marathoners. Full 5K course, no registration required. More infoTequila Tasting @ Rouge et Blanc (81 Washington Street), 6pm, Free. ArteNOM Tequila will be flowing. more info
Babies Together Music Class @ Naomi’s Music (117 Remsen St.), 12:30pm, sample for Free. Come Wiggle, Dance, poke and play with your baby in a musical way! More info.
Reading at Berl’s
Brooklyn Heights Comedy Nights @ Vineapple Cafe (71 Pineapple Street), 8:30pm, Free, no cover, no minimum. A monthly stand-up show featuring local comedians, big-time headliners, foreign nationals and everything in between. Co-hosted by Brooklyn-born comedian Shelly Colman (2014 Newcomer National Grand Champion Ladies of Laughter Competition, Cinder Block Comedy Festival). More infoLiz Countryman, Samuel Amadon & Timothy Donnelly @ Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (141 Front Street), 7-9pm. Swing by NYC’s only all-poetry bookstore for an evening of readings. More infoSip and Shop Thursday @ Trunk (68 Jay Street), 3pm-9pm, Free. Baby it’s cold outside, but it’s nice and warm inside Trunk! Gift Cartel is open late tonight, serving our in-house libations: wine, mulled cider and hot chocolate so you can unwind after work with some low-key gifting and local fun. More info
Eco Gift Wrapping @ Trunk (68 Jay Street), 11am, Free. Come get your gift wrapped with zero waste! Fabric and packaging scraps turn into a beautiful gift wrapping station that shows our planet some love! Come shop, and even bring your gifts that you bought elsewhere. We will be wrapping them all day the last Friday and Saturday before Christmas Eve. Expect gorgeous and creative presentation that’s sure to make your gift extra memorable. Have some material at home that you’d like to upcycle? Bring it by! More Info
DUMBO was in the spotlight on Thursday, December 7, when Ken Burns returned to the Brooklyn Museum for an event showcasing a beautifully remastered version of his first film, Brooklyn Bridge (1981). The documentary, which premiered at the Brooklyn Museum after 5 years in the making, tells the inspiring and quixotic tale of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, a monument so practical in purpose, so large in scope, so stunning in beauty, and so enduring in significance, that it spans not only the East River but also the world as an icon of human ingenuity, civic responsibility, and artistic excellence.
Burns’s film explores the private genius of the bridge’s creators — John, Washington and Emily Warren Roebling — who engineered the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time, the public euphoria that gripped New York when the bridge opened to the public in 1883, and the bridge’s subsequent effect on the city. To do it, he pioneered a style of photography and storytelling now known, via an off-screen assist by Steve Jobs, as the Ken Burns Effect. (more…)
We have some news for you, readers: Dumbo NYC has a new publisher. Julia Moak, owner of Greenpointers and Brokelyn, is now also the publisher of Dumbo NYC.
Since Julia’s purchase of Greenpointers three years ago, the site has only grown. Especially now, with such a void of local news, that Greenpointers and Brokelyn can continue to grow and thrive proves communities still deeply care about and rely on these platforms for not only news but also events and opportunities. With some love and effort, Dumbo NYC will soon come to embody that as well.
While Julia comes from a tech background, she’s a born and bred New Yorker with a longtime love for quality journalism. She’s also an A+ party planner, evidenced by Greenpointers’ numerous markets, and she’ll be bringing her love of events to Dumbo NYC.
It’s been a bit quiet around here, if you didn’t notice, but you can expect Dumbo NYC to get a lot more active in the near future. We plan to make this the go to spot for tips and guides as well as general, real estate and cultural news about the area and adjacent nabe Vinegar Hill.
Do you have ideas for Dumbo NYC? Great! We’re looking for new pitches and new writers: If you’ve got something you want to write for us, email hello@dumbonyc dot com today. We’re interested in restaurant recommendations, upcoming theater events, art, historic photos, and anything else you think would be of interest to the people who live and work in Dumbo.
Tonight, over 15 local galleries will stay open late tonight, hosting special events and receptions for October’s First Thursday Gallery Walk! It’s the perfect night to stroll around DUMBO and browse art. Plus neighborhood restaurants and bars have specials for art lovers and appreciators!
Dumbo will live up to its namesake when flying elephants descend upon Washington Street tomorrow (Thurs, 9/28) at The Great DUMBO Drop! For the first time ever, everyone’s favorite street for photos in Brooklyn will feature food and family fun during this new annual block party hosted by the Dumbo BID.
Starting at 6PM, mini dumbos will parachute down from rooftops onto Washington Street and depending on where it lands, you can win a $500 shopping spree in the neighborhood! All you have to do is adopt your own baby elephant for $20.
You can also expect some local fun in the festivities: