05/22/14 11:11pm
51 Jay Street (current 3rd floor) to be converted to apartments

51 Jay Street (current 3rd floor) to be converted to apartments

[UPDATE]: Slate Property Group and Adam America announced the “introduction of 51 Jay Street to the Dumbo community: a collection of 74 condominium homes, including six penthouses and a unique townhouse, set in a thoughtfully converted warehouse. Each residence designed, crafted and polished to a breathtaking standard by ODA Architecture. With a 24-hour concierge, children’s playroom, fitness room, rooftop fireplace, sundeck and much more, 51 Jay is truly a development that has it all.” (Please reference PDF of the press release.)

ODA-Architecture is redesigning 51 Jay Street (aka 201 Water Street), the three story former manufacturing building which sold for $45million in May 2013, according to BuzzBuzzHome. ODA posted renderings on their site (and has since requested to take down the images), and showed that the conversion will add a two story penthouse with private terraces on top. The six story building will have 85-90 74 apartments (74 condominium homes, including six penthouses and a townhouse) and expected to sell condos for up to $1,500 per square foot (according to an article from The Real Deal).

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Previously:
{ 51 Jay Street Warehouse in Dumbo on the Market, 07Dec2011}
{LPC Approves Plans for 201 Water St, 01Feb2010}

05/19/14 3:42pm

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Two Kids and a Dog is a new children’s boutique shop in Dumbo on the Pearl Street Triangle. Brooklyn Bridge Parents posted an interview of the founder, Natalia Jacobs, a local mom and a retail veteran who opened the store to offer unique and handpicked fashion, toys, and gifts for children 0 – 8 years old. She carries niche brands from around the world, such as HAPE, Melissa, The Puppet Company, Native, Peppercorn Kids and Blu Pony Vintage.

Two Kids and a Dog (twokidsandadog.com)
65 Pearl Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel: (646) 342-4549
email: natalia@twokidsandadog.com
Facebook: facebook.com/twokidsandadog

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Opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

05/14/14 4:01pm
117 Adams Street (when the building was owned by the Watchtower Society)

117 Adams Street (when the building was owned by the Watchtower Society)

Etsy announced a commitment to grow their headquarters in Dumbo Brooklyn, adding more than 300 new jobs in the next 5 years. They signed a lease to be an anchor tenant at the new Dumbo Heights complex at 117 Adams Street (corner of Adams and Front Street shown above), with a projected move-in of 2016.

CEO Chad Dickerson says “Over the last nine years, we’ve seen the tech industry here grow, and we take our role as a leader in it seriously. By expanding our operations, we are able to support myriad local businesses, from furniture vendors to food purveyors. In New York, tech is not an isolated industry, but instead embraces community and urban life. We’re excited to continue to grow here.”

In 2013, Etsy sold more than $1.35 billion in goods on their e-commerce platform through more than 1 million Etsy sellers. Etsy is currently located in Dumbo at 55 Washington Street.

05/13/14 1:47pm

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The 26 Bridge Street building is a new venue in Dumbo Brooklyn, rennovated and opened in May 2014. The renovations to this former metal factory highlight the building’s industrial past, original brick walls, large wooden doors, and 40 foot+ high ceiling with skylights. It seats about 275 people or holds 400 for receptions. The main banquet floor is 8,500 square feet plus 4,000 square feet of lobby, kitchen, bathrooms, mezzanine, and two bridal dressing rooms.

This new venue is offering to help the people who need a venue as a result of the reBar closing last week. With 26 Bridge as a new venue, there are dates available for booking now. They have told DumboNYC they will do their best to accommodate everyone and understand that budget is limited to those who already lost their deposit at reBar.

The 26 Bridge Street building falls within the Dumbo Historic District boundary. According to the Dumbo Historic District Designation Report, 26-28 Bridge Street was constructed in 1912:

History: This foundry was built for the Miller & Van Winkle Company. The Miller & Van Winkle Company was established in Brooklyn in 1881 and is said to have moved to 18 Bridge Street in 1895 and later expanded onto nearby lots. The firm manufactured precision steel springs used by many different industries. During World War I, the company manufactured five million springs for gas mask canisters, three million for Browning machine guns, and ten million miscellaneous springs. In 1912, Miller & Van Winkle employed 164 people (153 men, two children, and nine office workers). In 1939, the company moved to Paterson, New Jersey. In 1944, the building was leased to the Peercraft Paint and Varnish Company and a year later to the Peerless Paint and Varnish Company.

The brick construction and unornamented, functional design make 26-28 Bridge Street a representative example of the small-scale utilitarian structures erected to serve the area’s growing industries. Built in 1912, the structure contributes to the architectural and historical character of the DUMBO Historic District.

26 Bridge Street facade

26 Bridge Street facade

26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Web: 26bridge.com
Phone: 718-310-3040
Email: info@26bridge.com

{NYC BIS info for 26 Bridge Street}

05/12/14 12:24am

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In the seven and a half years, since reBar opened in December 2006 (above the former sister coffee bar called Retreat), reBar has been a neighborhood restaurant, bar, event space, and theatre (reRun theatre). Jason Stevens, the founder envisioned a space for the community by the community. He even raised capital for the space from neighbors. So the abrupt news that reBar was closed and bankrupt came as a surprise to residents and Dumbo office workers. But the reBar staff didn’t know either until Friday morning when they reported to work. In a bizarre twist, Gothamist received info that the reBar founder has disappeared and apparently owes the IRS about $3 million in taxes.

“He hadn’t paid his sales taxes for five years,” said Jeremy Leech, former head chef of reBar who worked there from September 2009 to September 2013. Leech, who now runs a food truck in Bangkok, Thailand, told us he was “floored and…in complete shock” to learn what happened to his former employer and friend, calling him “the best boss I ever worked for” and someone who “cultivated creativity.” Leech described Stevens, whom Gothamist had spoken to in the past, as “the most generous guy I’ve ever seen,” adding, “people would need rent, he’d give employees money out of pocket.”

Meanwhile, the former employees of reBar and local businesses have banded together to help couples who had planned their weddings at reBar by offering to do what they can. The staff at reBar did not get paid on payday, but they have made every effort to help those couples. There’s an Indiegogo campaign set up to help the cancelled reBar weddings. Below is a list from Gothamist of the venues and vendors who have reached out to offer help.

Dumbo residents set up a giveforward.com campaign to help recover the lost wages of the hard working staff at Rebar. As the staff of reBar helped the community over the years, let’s give back where you can.

VENUES:

VENDORS:

  • Kerry Quade- Florist (kerryquade.com), kq@kerryQuade.com , 646-996-4238
  • Michelle Edgemont- Florist (michelleedgemont.com), michelle@michelleedgemont.com
  • Lucy Music – Musicians/Bands (weddingbandnyc.com), bands@lucymusic.com
  • DJ Ben Carlin aka. Ben The Beyonder (DJ Coordinator of reBar), bcarlin73@gmail.com, 718-885-7795
  • Brooklyn Historical Society. Special Events Coordinator Daisy Lee, 718-222-4111 or events@brooklynhistory.org

If any other local businesses want to reach out to couples, you can try emailing Tyler and Katherine at tyler.lindsay@rebarevents.com and katherine.cassell@rebarevents.com.

Also:
{reBar shuts down after owner ‘took the money and ran’, NY Post}
{DUMBO Wedding Venue Suddenly Closes, CBS}
{Brooklyn restaurant owner, volunteers host wedding for couple stranded by reBar closing, PIX11}
{Abrupt closing of ReBar shocks DUMBO, BK Eagle}
{Brooklyn Wedding Venue Chained, Locked, Leaving Couples Scrambling, NBC}

05/09/14 11:17am

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We hope this isn’t true, but the sign at reBar says “reBar is closed and bankrupt”. Their website is down, and calls to them are unanswered. We’ll post any updates here.

UPDATE: Gothamist has more detail on the closing and quotes from staff:

Several of the employees showed Gothamist text messages from a general manager who told them he also was blindsided by the announcement. Neither Stevens nor his landlord, Joshua Guttman, have responded to requests for comment…

One former upper management employee, who asked to remain anonymous, filled us in via email on more details:
Today was payday and roughly 50 employees are not getting their two week paychecks. We are suppose to have a wedding tomorrow and Sunday as well as every weekend for the next year plus. Literally hundreds of couples who have paid in full or partially to have their weddings at rebar and other venues have been screwed by this man. Not to mention the dozens of purveyors and vendors who are owed money.