Folk music. Bluegrass. Country. These are not genres one necessarily associates with the Brooklyn waterfront. Until recently, Dumbo’s previous musical claim to fame was being the backdrop of the 1987 Bananarama video for “Cruel, Cruel Summer.” During the past three years, however, Brooklyn Americana Music Festival founder Jan Bell has worked to change that.
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The sounds of fiddles, banjos, mandolins, and lots and lots of guitars echoed throughout Dumbo and Red Hook this past weekend, thanks to the festival, which started in 2015. This year, the 2017 Brooklyn Americana Music Festival consisted of more than 60 acts across seven stages and four days, kicking off with a sold-out gala last Thursday at the Jalopy Theater in Red Hook–showcasing bands from as far away as Kansas (Truck Stop Honeymoon) and Indiana (Tim Grimm Family Band)–and finishing Sunday night with an afterparty at Dumbo landmark Superfine.
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Over the weekend, performances took place in the Archway under Manhattan Bridge, at beloved Red Hook watering hole Sunny’s, Red Hook Bait & Tackle, 68 Jay Street Bar, and the picnic tables at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6. Shows started on Saturday and Sunday around noon and went, in some cases, past midnight. Local performers included 12-year old Little Nora Brown, the Brothers Brothers, the Chapin Sisters, Gangstagrass impresario Rench, and the Defibulators. (more…)
* Free Admission Roller Skating! @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2, 3pm, FREE, Weekly 3-6pm FREE admission roller skating is happening from 3-6pm with $6 skate rental, More info # Tambour Tasting @ Amarachi (189 Bridge Street), 6pm, FREE, Sample some Tambour West African Palm Liquor, More info
# BESLS & IPLA Welcome BBQ @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, 1pm, FREE, Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society is holding their Annual Welcome BBQ in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Law Association, More info
Like Two Trees’ other commercial locations in DUMBO, 45 Main has become a spot for cutting edge firms in the creative/tech industry. Building amenities — which include shared conference rooms on every floor and state-of-the-art rooftop decks, along with flexible lease terms, customizable pre-builds and penalty-free expansions — cater to the mix of forward-thinking startups and established brands that populate Two Trees’ offices.
“The most important factors in a space are openness and comfort,” says Stearn. Also topping his list of priorities were private conference rooms for client presentations and common areas where he and his team could unwind and refuel.
Two Trees worked closely with Stearn’s team to bring the brand’s vision to life. When presented with their desired layout, which included island workstations, Two Trees suggested the Ethernet be piped and powered from the ceiling as opposed to running it along the floor. The landlord also took care of the tenant’s drywall, rerouted the ventilation, moved the lighting, and installed a wet pantry and coat closet. (more…)
* Body Combat @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, 7pm, FREE, Be lead through a workout which combines upper and lower body moves using power training, muay thai and karate, More info ♫ Leos Do It Better @ Amarachi (189 Bridge Street), 10pm, FREE, More info
* Green Team @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, 10am, FREE, Provide essential horticultural care to the Park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants, More info ^ ACID TRIP: Travels in the World of Vinegar Demonstration @ DUMBO West Elm (2 Main St), 2pm, FREE, Author and photographer Michael Harlan Turkell will be demoing vinegary recipes and signing his cookbook, More info ♫ Absurdo & the Coyote @ Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (481 Van Brunt St), 2pm, FREE, Absurdo & The Coyote are an Astoria-based folk- and philosophy- punk duo, More info(more…)
If you’re in search of an evening to take in some cool art displays, check out the Dumbo First Thursday Gallery Walk.
Dumbo’s art galleries are open to the public later than usual on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. The galleries have special events and receptions for participants on the walk, and area restaurants and bars offer deals and discounts.
The event allows Dumbo to show off its arts community, an important part of Dumbo for decades. Artists began to move in after the deindustrialization of the area in the 1970s, and even after the neighborhood’s transformation in the past decade or so, many still continue to work or live in the area.