04/27/15 5:49pm

Recess Dumbo

An indoor children’s playspace is opening at 81 Washington Street in Dumbo this summer (corner of York and Washington Streets). Recess Dumbo is a 1200+ square foot main play area with all custom-designed and built play structures. The space was formerly occupied by Pomme, a children’s boutique until it closed its Dumbo location in May 2013.

According to the owners, the structures were designed to fit with the aesthetic of the space, which has exposed bricks and original wood beams. There are plans for stainless steel slides, climbing tubes made of natural-colored netting and other climbing and play structures. There will also be a separate area appropriate for kids under two, and a classroom for programming (offered during the week, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings). The classroom will double as an event room for birthday parties (after hours and weekend afternoons).

While the playspace is appropriate for kids ages 6 months to 6 years, there are plans to offer after school programming to kids up to age 8.

There will be memberships to the playspace that offer a flexible, unlimited drop-in model to our members, as well as some other perks, including offers for weekend events and limited drop-off options.

For programming, there will be music, dance, art and yoga teachers as well as collaboration with some established professionals like Child’s Play NY (theatrical arts), Chess at 3, and Language Beans (Mandarin language programs) who will offer their programming in the space. They plan to offer a mini-session in late June through July and start a full semester of programming in September. With more and more parents of young children in the neighborhood, Recess Dumbo is a welcome addition.

Recess Dumbo (recessdumbo.com)
81 Washington Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
email: info@recessdumbo.com

04/24/15 7:05am
Photo courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse facebook page

Photo courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse facebook page

Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, a 501c3 non-profit has announced their public schedule for the 2015 season, as well their push to recruit new volunteers. The boathouse will open on June 6th at 10AM, and go through Labor Day Weekend. They will be open every Saturday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM and Thursday from 5:30PM to 6:45PM. They’ll be running kayak polo on Sundays at 11AM for kids and 12:30PM for adults. “Keep an eye on Tuesday nights as well, because if we get enough volunteers, we may sneak in an unannounced extra weeknight here and there.”

Last year, the boathouse set a record by putting nearly 6,000 free paddlers on the water and they’re hoping to do even more this season. They will need the community’s help:

We’re actively looking for new volunteers. Our group is 100% volunteer run. We don’t get any money from the city or Parks Department, so we rely on the dozens of volunteers that enable our program to run. It doesn’t necessarily involve any kayaking, but if you wanted to learn, it’s a great way to get experience. We have positions for paddlers and non-paddlers alike. Sign up on our mailing list to find out how to become a volunteer here: bbpboathouse.org/volunteer-with-us

We’re throwing a fundraiser on May 14th at Brooklyn Roasting: eventbrite.com/e/brooklyn-bridge-park-boathouse-annual-fundraising-party-tickets-16488788410. It’s the perfect opportunity to socialize with your fellow kayaking enthusiasts, have a drink or two (on us!), and win some seriously awesome raffle prizes—like access to a class where you can learn to make your own beer. What could be better? That all proceeds from this event will keep our programs running all summer long and are totally tax-deductible for you! If you can’t make it, you can still donate to our cause: bbpboathouse.org/donate. We’re hoping to raise $10,000 this year to keep our programs free to the public.

Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse is located at the Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 1 and 2.

04/22/15 10:00am


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04/20/15 8:30am


If you’re interested in local produce and organic farming, this is a chance to meet Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms in Brooklyn Heights on April 22.

  • When: Wednesday, April 22nd
  • What time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: 136 Lawrence Street Apt. 3B

Fred has been delivering fresh produce to our neighborhood for almost a decade through the Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA. He’s coming into town to talk about the ins and outs of organic farming, tell his family’s story, and answer questions about how CSAs work.

Please let the Dumbo CSA know if you’re planning to attend by sending a quick note to core [at] dumbocsa [dot] org.

Previously: Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA 2015 Registration Open

04/17/15 1:08pm


There is a popup shop event at by Vedazzling Accessories at 145 Front Street from 6-10pm on Saturday, April 18, 2015. If you haven’t stopped by the shops at 145 Front Street, in addition to Vedazzling Accessories, there are several individual owned stores in the ‘mini-mall’.

Vedazzling Accessories (vedazzlingaccessories.com)
145 Front Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

04/17/15 6:26am

We posted about the broken car window incidents on Water Street and Gold Street about a week ago. Yesterday, more car windows were seen broken along Plymouth and Bridge Streets in Vinegar Hill. Photos of five different cars:






Be on the lookout for suspicious activity and call the 84th Precinct (718-875-6811 (store this number in your cell phone)) or 911 if you witness any crimes. Please continue to call so they can log/track the area.