02/25/14 4:15pm
Pier 2, September 2010

Pier 2, September 2010

(Image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates)(Image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates)

(Image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates)(Image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates)

From Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 2 (via Community Board 2):

“Since opening in 2010, Brooklyn Bridge Park has become one of New York City’s prime waterfront destinations. The park includes rolling hills, riverfront promenades, playgrounds, sports fields, volleyball courts, a pool, carousel, picnic tables, barbecue grills and a park-wide greenway.

“This Spring, we are opening Pier 2, our newest section of the park. Pier 2 will be a great destination for New Yorkers and we want the entire city to enjoy this amazing public space.”

Pier 2 will include 5 acres of active recreation amenities:

  • 5 full-size basketball courts, 2 of which will be covered by the pier roof
  • A full-size roller rink that can be used for recreational roller and in-line skating, roller hockey and roller derby
  • 6 handball courts
  • 3 shuffleboard courts
  • 2 full-sized bocce courts
  • A workout area featuring state-of-the-art fitness equipment
  • Over 1/2 an acre of turf for spontaneous active play
  • Twelve swings of varying sizes for children of different ages
  • Restrooms, picnic tables, skate rentals and lockers available on-site

Permit applications for the sports courts will be available April 1, 2014.

02/19/14 4:02pm


BK Physio, Dumbo’s very own physical therapy clinic is hosting an Open House on Saturday, Feb 22nd, from noon to 4pm. Dr. Noel Lozares just returned from preparing several athletes for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Noel has worked with Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso, her teammates World Cup Champion Mikaela Shiffrin, and Resi Steigler. He also worked with US Olympic Snowboarders Kaitlyn Farrington (USA) and snowboarder Steph Magiros (Australia).

Dr. Lozares told us, “We established Brooklyn Physiotherapy here in the neighborhood to deliver individualized, unique, high level care to the community. What sets us apart from other clinics is the combination of our global experience integrated with our understanding of the needs of our patients.”

Updates regarding the Open House will be posted at facebook.com/BKPhysio

Catering services will be provided by Dumbo’s Burrow / Kuroiwa Patisserie and Mehtaphor.

Special giveaways will occur over the course of the event.

Brooklyn Physiotherapy
68 Jay Street, Suite 507
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Noel Lozares, PT, DPT, SCS, COMT is a Physiotherapist for the US Women’s Alpine Ski Team. Dr. Lozares also works with Olympic Medalist and World Champion Snowboarders, Skiers, and elite athletes from other disciplines.

Noel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s in Molecular Cell Biology and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Columbia University. Noel is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS) and a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (COMT).

for more information please go to bkphysio.com

02/19/14 3:31pm

Community Board Number 2 has notified the public that 60 Water Street (aka Dock Street Dumbo) building is accepting applications for 58 affordable housing rental apartments. This building is being constructed through the Deep Rent Skewed and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs and Financing provided by New York State Housing Finance Agency’s (HFA). There are 8 studios ($686 per month), 30 one bedrooms ($737 per month), and 11 two bedrooms ($893 per month). Applicants will be required to meet income and additional criteria per the following table:

Applications can be downloaded here (pdf) and must be returned by regular mail ONLY and must be postmarked by April 7, 2014. Applications will be selected by lottery; applicants who submit more than one application will be disqualified. Disqualified applications will not be accepted. Preference will be given to New York City residents. Current and eligible residents of Brooklyn Community Board 2, during initial occupancy, will receive preference for 50% of the affordable units.

According to the January 2014 rental report (posted earlier this week), average Dumbo rental apartments are $2,783, $3,939, and $5,033 for one, two, and three bedroom apartments.

Curbed received an update from Two Trees:

The project architects are LEESER Architecture and Ismael Leyva Architects. The building is massed so that the lowest portion is 7 stories, stepping up to 9 stories along Water Street and 17 stories along the eastern property line (the furthest from the bridge.) The building will have a total of 290 units, including 58 affordable units. The marketing of the affordable units, with a preference for Community Board 2 residents, will begin very soon. The affordable apartments will be available at 50% and 40% of area AMI. Rents will range from about $500 to $1000 per month. The remaining units will be market rate. No pricing info yet. The apartments should be ready for occupancy in the first quarter of 2015. There will be a 300 seat public Middle School with an entrance along Dock Street and some ground floor retail along Water Street. We will turn over the core and shell of the school space to the School Construction Authority this August. They have estimated a two-year build out of the school interior, in time for September 2016.

02/18/14 6:19pm

This Thursday (Feb 20, 2014), the band American Authors (hit song: “Best Day Of My Life“) is doing an intimate concert (with VH-1) in Dumbo Brooklyn. They are looking for outgoing music fans to be a part of the performance. This is a very small audience and intimate performance, must be outgoing. The feel is a Brooklyn loft party and the band will sit with the audience for an intimate acoustic session.

This is a very small audience of about 20, so please only RSVP if you are definitely able to come (and at least 25 years of age). The timing and location are still being tweaked but the location will be in Dumbo Brooklyn in a loft apartment and the time will be around 5pm-7pm.

If you are interested in tickets please RSVP the following information to Lauren.waters@viacommix.com with your name, age, contact number, and bring guest (yes or no).

02/18/14 6:03pm


1 John Street, the 12 story, 42 condo unit residential building of Alloy Development and Monadnock Construction in Dumbo reveals two bedrooms will start at $2,000,000, three bedrooms at $3,000,000 and four bedrooms at $3,500,000, Brownstoner reports.

The NYC Department of Buildings application reveals a total of 117,648 sq.ft of residential, 3,000 sq.ft. of commercial and 2,551 sq.ft. of community area.

Pricing is in a similar range as Pierhouse, another new condo development on Brooklyn Bridge Park.

(Building renderings courtesy of NYC Mayor’s Office)

{John Street Condo Design Presentation, 04Jun2013}
{NYC Announces Developers for John Street Condos at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 01Aug2013}

02/14/14 5:00pm

MNS, the Brooklyn real estate firm published their January 2014 Brooklyn Rental Market Report yesterday (along with their Manhattan Rental Market Report). The report reveals that in Brooklyn, following a decline in November and December, average rents in Brooklyn increased 1.62% in January, from $2,587 to $2,629 Brooklyn rents have risen 4.02% since this time last year:

  • Avg. Studios: $2,069
  • Avg. One-bedrooms: $2,515
  • Avg. Two-bedrooms: $3,267


Some other highlights of the report include the following

  • Demand for two-bedrooms in Bushwick lead to a 5.6-percent increase, from $2,160 to $2,283 since last month.
  • Cobble Hill one-bedroom pricing witnessed the largest month-over-month increase of any unit type in Brooklyn, rising 7.1-percent to $2,625 from $2450.
  • Crown Heights two-bedrooms increased 5.3-percent since December, from $2,227 to $2,345.
  • The largest month-over-month gain by volume was in Downtown Brooklyn, as each unit type offered positive returns throughout January. Studios (+2-percent or $2,464); One-bedrooms (+4.5-percent or $3,028); Two-bedrooms (+2.3-percent or $3,913).
  • Rent in Fort Greene has increased for five consecutive months, as availability has consistently decreased and caused prices to rise each month. Studios (+5.6-percent or $2,450); One-bedrooms (+2.1-percent or $2,675); Two-bedrooms (+1.8-percent or $3,702).

Rents for One-Bedrooms in Dumbo increased for the second consecutive month, up 2.9% since the previous month from $3,826 to $3,939. Increased demand for One-Bedrooms coupled with a limited availability in Dumbo has consistently made this unit type the highest priced One-Bedroom in Brooklyn.

In Dumbo for January 2014, studios were $2,783 (vs $3,044 in Dec 2013), one bedrooms $3,939 (vs $3,826 in Dec 2013), and two bedrooms $5,033 (vs $5,153 in Dec 2013). Here are the Dumbo price trends over 13 months for studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms:

For full report, go to www.mns.com/brooklyn_rental_market_report

{November 2013 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}
{October 2013 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}
{July 2013 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}
{May 2013 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}
{Brooklyn Rental Market Report (Year End 2012)}
{October 2012 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}
{September 2012 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}
{June 2012 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}
{May 2012 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}
{April 2012 Brooklyn Rental Market Report}