01/07/15 3:00pm
50 Bridge Street before restoration

50 Bridge Street before restoration

50 Bridge Street after restoration

50 Bridge Street after restoration

The 50 Bridge Street building announced the completion of their restoration project last month. After 2 years and $3.5million, the building underwent an exterior renovation project. The building’s previous “green and purple” painted bricks were restored to their original brick color. The new look

In a statement from the Bridge No. 50 Condo board, they said:

“We are thrilled by these significant renovations that have resulted in the restoration of much of our building’s original character. The building is a beautiful example of 19th century industrial architecture and we have worked closely with Landmarks throughout this project. We have a wonderful community of supportive neighbors, and we are pleased to see the surrounding area tastefully and appropriately developed as well. We would also like to thank Cowley Engineering and Flag Waterproofing and Restoration for all their efforts in leading this project to its successful completion”.

Bridge No. 50 is a 58-unit luxury condominium building located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Originally constructed in 1894 and redeveloped as a condominium in 2004, the building is located in Dumbo’s historic district and was once an important part of Alexander Kirkman’s soap manufacturing company.

Bridge No. 50 is surrounded by other luxury residences including 220, 205 and 192 Water Street, Kirkman Lofts, and the soon to be completed Waterbridge 47, 177 Front and 200 Water. New boutiques and high-end specialty businesses such as Valrhona Chocolate and Mouth Indie Spirits + Wine have recently opened on Water Street, and retail space for restaurants and schools, such as the Kirkman Academy are planned for developments currently under construction.

01/07/15 2:00pm

View of Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street

Now that January has come, we’re back at work from the holiday season. I took a break from posting here to take care of family matters as my father passed away. Don’t mean to get personal, but life happens and we all have to take care of our loved ones first. I’ll be posting more regularly (i.e. daily) as there have been lots of changes in the neighborhood in the past month already (such as 177 Front Street development, Galapagos Art Space left, 50 Water Street opened, development progress at Brooklyn Bridge Park, etc).

Thank you for sticking with us, and if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about DumboNYC.com and our neighborhood in general, please email me at DumboNYC[at]gmail.com.

We’re also looking for contributors (especially residents new and old in Dumbo). We have some great correspondents now gathering info but also asking for writers to contribute regularly.

12/11/14 12:35pm


Dumbo Holiday Tree (from 2010)

Dumbo Holiday Tree (from 2010)

There is a tree lighting event tonight (December 11, 2014) from 6-7pm at the Pearl Street Triangle (Google Maps). The tree lighting ceremony will include a countdown led by NYC Council Member Steve Levin, Calypso music by Brooklyn-based steel drum band JahPan, hot cocoa by Dumbo’s Jacques Torres, Santa Claus, and a toy drive (bring an unwrapped toy for a child ages 0-14) for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive.

The 9th Annual Dumbo Holiday tree lighting ceremony is sponsored by the DUMBO Improvement District.

If you still need a Christmas tree, there are several neighborhood locations that offer them:

  • at the courtyard of 81 Washington Street, Vermont Trees from Adam Park Trees
  • at Peas & Pickles grocery store, 55 Washington Street
  • at Brooklyn Roasting Co, 25 Jay Street
Vermont Trees from Adam Park Trees at 81 Washington Street

Vermont Trees from Adam Park Trees at 81 Washington Street

Peas & Pickles grocery store, 55 Washington Street

Peas & Pickles grocery store, 55 Washington Street

Brooklyn Roasting Company Holiday Trees

Brooklyn Roasting Company Holiday Trees

12/10/14 3:45pm

Shibui retail location

If you’ve walked around Vinegar Hill, or have an appreciation for Japanese art, you’ve probably have seen or been to Shibui, the art and furniture showroom. After almost 5 years at the 306 Water Street location, Shibui moved to Dumbo on the corner of Washington and Water Street. Proprietor/owner Dane Owen told DumboNYC that the lease ended at the former showroom and is fortunate that they were able to find a new showroom location closeby in Dumbo. He signed a five year lease with Two Trees and after building out the space, opened the new showroom last week at 38 Washington Street.



Shibui has the largest collection of antique Japanese cabinetry (tansu in Japanese), lacquer ware, ceramic, old store signs, yukatas (a type casual kimono), tea pots, sake bottles, and art in the East Coast. Mr. Owen and his team travel to Japan a few times a year to look for art with an interesting history and quality craftmanship to curate for the showroom (ask him about any piece and he has a story about it).

The showroom has great gift ideas or art that you would be proud to display in your loft. Some photos of the new space are shown below (click more), but check out the new Dumbo location.






38 Washington Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (cellar level on the corner of Water Street)
tel: 718-875-1119
twitter: @Shibuikotto
Instagram: instagram.com/shibuikotto
Facebook: facebook.com/ShibuiKotto
Pinterest: pinterest.com/shibuikotto

{Japanese Furniture Showroom Shibui opens in VH, 08Jan2010}


12/09/14 5:18pm


Galapagos Art Space is moving out of Dumbo and moving to Detroit. The NY Times first published the announcement yesterday stating the high rental prices prompted Robert Elmes, Galapagos’ founder and executive director, and wife Philippa Kaye to consider other areas and decided to move Galapagos to Detroit (galapagosdetroit.com). In an email from Mr. Elmes, he told DumboNYC:

New York City has simply become too expensive for us to be able to function as an art space and be effective at our mission growing emerged artists to the mid-point of their career. We looked very hard for a new space in New York City and simply couldn’t come up with one. We saw rents that were simply astronomical. $70 to $100 a square foot wasn’t uncommon. That was shocking. To have been out of the real estate market for so long it was very depressing to try to get back in to it. I think that’s a fear we all have, that we’ll loose our lease or decide to move or be forced to leave an apartment. We answered the question of where we would go by having to go as far as Detroit.

We asked him what his best memories were at Galapagos Dumbo. “Best memory of Galapagos? It’s odd, but when you asked that I remembered the ending of a Tobias Wolff short story where the character is dying and wonders what the last thought he will have is, and he thinks of baseball. When I think of Galapagos in DUMBO I think of our kite flying program for kids on Saturday mornings in Brooklyn Bridge Park at the end of our block. We called it the DUMBO Kite Flying society and I was always touched by how many little kids, city kids, had never flown a kite before, and how happy the parents were that to give them that experience.” Galapagos has always focused on the creative community as well as the neighborhood it serves. With over 7,500 events over 7+ years, Galapagos drew over a million people.

Galapagos started in Williamsburg Brooklyn as a bar and performance space in 1995 and moved to Dumbo in 2007. The former horse stable on 16 Main Street in Dumbo was transformed into a 10,000 square foot performance venue and has a 1600 square foot lake within the seating area of the space.

Our best memories of Galapagos are the people who run events at the space (like the Floating Kabarette, Gumbo folks or Tina of Creative Mornings or Andrew of DigitalDumbo) and Mr. Elmes’ generosity in sharing the art space.

According to a Gothamist post, Two Trees confirmed that they would keep the 16 Main building for the arts: “UPDATE: Two Trees sent us this statement, “We will keep 16 Main as a building for the arts. Two Trees has long supported and promoted the art and cultural community in DUMBO with free and below market rents and we will continue to do so. We wish Galapagos all the best moving forward in Detroit.”"

{Galapagos Progress on Main Street, 27Nov2007}
{Galapagos Moves From Williamsburg to Dumbo, 30May2007}
{After Nearly 20 Years, Brooklyn’s Galapagos Is Moving To Detroit 08Dec2014, Gothamist}
{Galapagos’s Robert Elmes Discusses Move From Brooklyn To Detroit 09Dec2014, Gothamist}