10/07/14 3:35pm

On Friday Brooklyn Bridge Park officials said that Squibb Park Bridge, which connects Pier 1 with Columbia Heights street in Brooklyn Heights will remain closed until the spring 2015. The bridge is designed to be lightweight and flexible. But “the subtle bounce — part of the design — became more pronounced, then worrisome” wrote the New York Times.

“At this point, because of the movement we notice, it would be overly optimistic to say we could solve this in two to three weeks,” said Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, the nonprofit group that oversees development and operations there.

“We need to fully understand the bridge,” she said, “and we want the public to know that we are really erring on the side of caution.”

The bridge opened in March 2013 but the park’s staff “reported unusual movement of the bridge.” Parks officials assure the public that the bridge’s design was not flawed, saying that whatever was causing the movements would be addressed.

Photo by Toni Tan

Photo by Toni Tan

10/03/14 10:31am


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In Germany and Italy, in Seattle and Austin and Miami and Montreal, people have been experiencing a quiet revolution in how they get around their cities. When they have somewhere to go, they find a nearby car, climb in, and drive it to their destination. Then they leave it there, ready for the next person to use. It’s like Citi Bike but with cars, and more places to park.

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You can probably imagine the times it might be handy to grab one of these adorable, easy-to-park cars and hit the road. There are those neighborhoods that are not directly connected to each other by subway, like Carroll Gardens and Prospect Heights. (Or Red Hook and… almost anywhere.) Take an impromptu trip to Coney Island. Get your cat to the vet in no time. The possibilities are endless.

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09/30/14 12:09pm


Sales launched today for One John Street, the 12-story, 42-unit condominium project in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo designed and developed by Alloy Development and Monadnock Construction. There are 6 penthouses (3 of which are duplexes, and all 6 include private outdoor space) and residences range from 3-4 bedrooms, between 2,400 square feet to 3,600 square feet. These are large lofts geared towards family living. Prices start from $3.5 million to over $8 million and already approximately one-third sold following friends and family pre-sales period, according to Alloy.

One John Street is the last development site on the Dumbo waterfront, and every apartment in the building will have East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Manhattan skyline views, and the prices reflect the tight inventory of loft condos in Dumbo. There will be cultural and retail space on the ground floor, to be occupied by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Estimated completion is summer 2016.




The website at onejohnst.com provides details on available condo units. A few units being offered by Sotheby’s:

  • PHC, 3BR/3.5bath, 2567sf, prices start at $4.9MM
  • PHF, 4BR/3.5bath, 2637sf, prices start at $4.9MM
  • 2A, 4BR/3.5bath, 2595sf, $3,990,470
  • 5A, 4BR/3.5bath, 2592sf, $4,222,108
  • 5D, 4BR/3.5bath, 2391sf, $3,550,955
  • 8A, 4BR/3.5bath, 2586sf, $4,489,744
  • 9D, 4BR/3.5bath, 2383sf, $3,874,986

Renderings courtesy of onejohnst.com. More apartment renderings after the jump.

{Prices for 1 John Street Condos at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 18Feb2014}
{Propsed Northern Entrance into Brooklyn Bridge Park on Jay Street, 11Sep2013}
{NYC Announces Developers for John Street Condos at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 01Aug2013}
{John Street Condo Design Presentation, 04Jun2013}
{NYC Announces Developers for John Street Condos at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 01Aug2013}

09/28/14 11:08pm
Another year here and gone, another great year for Dumbo’s Art festival. Sunday’s event welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood, and even a few wedding parties that probably didn’t get the memo. There was of course an eclectic mix of paintings, visual media, dance, sculpture, and exhibits both small and large. Some larger installations were found inside the former Bubby’s restaurant space on Main Street and St. Anne’s Warehouse on Jay Street. Sunday’s late September heat was the perfect backdrop for an ever changing neighborhood that promises to continue its tradition of supporting artists from all walks of life. Here’s to 2015!

09/25/14 11:00am
Rendering courtesy of Architecture Research Office

Rendering courtesy of Architecture Research Office

State and City elected officials, community leaders, Brooklyn Bridge Park leaders, and Stalco Construction team members started a $3.6M redevelopment and conversion of a large former NYC DEP structure into the first community and environmental education center in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The officials began construction by demolishing a section of a wall with sledge hammers at the 99 Plymouth Street building.

Located directly beneath the Manhattan Bridge, the new community center will be the first permanent location of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which provides environmental education programs to over 8,000 of New York City students as well as residents, and visitors. In addition to the environmental education center, the building will also provide restrooms and a community meeting space.

“The project includes demolition of a portion of the main, one-story building previously used by NYCDEP, and two adjacent storage structures,” explained Stalco Project Manager Keith Ward. “Stalco will construct a new glass curtainwall on the west and south elevations, refurbish the original exterior brick walls, build a new storefront-type entrance and additional window and garage door openings, and completely renovate the interiors in order to create offices and community facilities,” he continued.

The building’s exterior will feature a glass and aluminum curtain wall and main entrance, with a portion of the wall constructed of soundproof glass. Stalco will build a new access door, windows, and a garage-type door in the brick wall of the building to provide access to a new compactor room. The upgrades will include a new reflective EPDM roof and all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems.

Other parts of the Main Street conversion plan include an outdoor community space with stone seating, a bouldering wall, a dog run, and expanded lawn space.

Photo by Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

Photo by Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

{New Construction to Begin at Brooklyn Bridge Park in January 2014, 30Dec2013}
{Brooklyn Bridge Park Main Street Conversion Proposed Design, 30May2013}
{Main Street Conversion Site Plan to be Presented, 16May2013}

Press Release and more photo renderings after the jump. (more…)

09/23/14 12:46pm

Dumbo Arts Festival 2014
The 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival will take place this weekend (Friday-Sunday, September 26-28, 2014). Each year the Dumbo Arts Festival seeks to highlight Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national, and international art. The Dumbo Arts Festival attracts 200,000+ visitors over 3 days with the participation of over 400 artists from a variety of disciplines, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners. The official Festival hours are Friday 6pm to 9pm, Saturday noon to 9pm, Sunday noon to 6pm.

For a listing of exhibits and locations, go to dumboartsfestival.com/art.

What: The 18th Annual Dumbo Arts Festival
When: Friday-Sunday, September 26-28, 2014
Time: Friday, September 26, 7 – 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, September 27, 12 pm to 8 pm
Sunday, September 28, 12 pm to 6 pm
Cost: Free
Where: Spans the neighborhood of Dumbo, Brooklyn, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, including the waterfront.
Web: www.dumboartsfestival.com

Prior years Dumbo Arts Festival posts