12/29/15 11:46am

Coffee in Dumbo

Whether you’re an exhausted parent, an office worker, or a tourist who’s been on his feet all day — it’s essential to know where to get a good coffee.

So where do you go for coffee in Dumbo? It depends on what you’re looking for. Are you looking for fresh roasted Kenyan beans, or a delicious snack to go with it? Do you want a place to sit and plug in your computer? Here are a few of the best places in the neighborhood to get coffee, for every type of coffee drinker.

For Chocoholics
If you like mocha lattes, or hot chocolate, it would be silly to get it anywhere else than Jacques Torres Chocolate. Their rich, complex, and decadent chocolate may convince you of the Aztec tale of Quetzalcoatl, who got in trouble with the gods for sharing the heavenly drink with humans. There’s not much space in Jacques Torres for hanging around, but let’s face it — if you take your mocha or hot chocolate to go, you’ll probably finish it before you walk halfway down the block.

Above: Jacques Torres Chocolate. Photos by Jeff Scherer.

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12/24/15 10:31am

New Years Eve Dumbo 2016

Happy holidays from DumboNYC.com!

It’s about that time again, to say goodbye to 2015 and look forward to a new year. Do you have plans for New Years Eve yet? It’s your last chance to party before you start on those New Years resolutions of abstinence, exercise, and frugality. (Which, if you’re like most people, you will give up on in a week and a half.)

Not surprisingly, there’s plenty to do right here in Dumbo on the big night. Following are some of the many parties and events happening under the bridges on New Years Eve 2016.

Burlesque Under The Bridges
For pure New Years hedonism, it’s hard to beat this three-and-a-half-hour burlesque extravaganza at The Bridges, featuring, among a bevy of other beauties, “2015 Reigning Queen of Burlesque” Trixie Little and aerialist Elizabeth Munn. Tickets are $250 for table seating and $175 for stageside seating, and include an open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight and passed hors d’oeuvres all night.

Photo of Burlesque Below the Bridges by Mark Shelby Perry. (more…)

12/23/15 9:53am

Art in General Dumbo

Art in General, the nonprofit organization that has been giving support to up-and-coming artists from 1981, is moving to Dumbo in January. It will be leaving its longtime home in the General Hardware building on Walker Street for a ground floor space at 145 Plymouth.

According to ARTnews, Art in General has signed a three-year lease for the space, which Two Trees Management Company offered to them for below the market rate. Its new neighbors will include other galleries such as the Sculptors Guild and the A.I.R. Gallery.

“We’re just completely thrilled to be experiencing the community in Brooklyn and the audience that has been growing in the past few years,” Anne Barlow, executive director of Art in General, told ARTnews.

Pictured above: Collage of 2015 exhibitions, courtesy of Art in General.

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12/22/15 11:31am

What do you call people from Dumbo?

I was writing a post when I found myself starting to type in the tepid phrase “Dumbo residents.” Then I started to type “Dumboites” and I shuddered. It’s such an ugly word.

The combination of the long O in Dumbo and the long I in -ite is just awkward. (And, as one commenter on DumboNYC once noticed, it sounds a bit like “Dumbo whites.”)

A demonym is a word used to refer to a resident of a certain place, and it seems as if Dumboite (or DUMBOite) has become the default standard demonym for our corner of Brooklyn. (On his site, Barry Popik helpfully catalogs uses of Dumboite on various websites.) After all, residents of Brooklyn are called Brooklynites. But then, you wouldn’t refer to Park Slopites, Willamsburgites, or Brooklyn Heights-ites. (Though the latter would be kind of funny, admittedly.)

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12/18/15 5:47pm

Make Music Winter 2015

“Jingle Bells.” “Carol of the Bells.” “Silver Bells.” Along with the smell of pine and the sight of twinkling lights, one of the surest signs that we’re in the holiday season is the ringing of bells. We’ve got Salvation Santas and the sound of angels getting their wings, but to paraphrase Christopher Walken, “I’ve gotta have more bell!”

This Monday, December 21, ring in the holidays with your Dumbo neighbors by heading to the Archway at 6 p.m. and taking part in “Bell by Bell,” one of the events of the Make Music Winter 2015 festival. At 6 p.m., organizers will be handing out 70 color-coded bells to participants. As the crowd parades through the streets of Dumbo, conductors will wave colored flags to let the makeshift musicians know when to ring their bells. (Check out the 2013 video below to hear a sample of the beautiful, eerie music for yourself.)

Make Music Winter illustration by Adam McCauley

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12/17/15 11:31am

The sharing economy is about more than finding your own health insurance and funding your own 401k. It’s also about being independent while networking with other entrepreneurs to discover new ways of sharing workspaces that promote collaboration and creativity. Here are some co-working spaces doing things right in Dumbo.

DUMBO Startup Lab coworking space

DUMBO Startup Lab (DSL) is committed to helping entrepreneurs become part of a vibrant community of like-minded individuals in a welcoming loft space. They offer flexible plans for everything from individuals just needing a desk to groups brainstorming huge projects. DSL is located at 68 Jay Street and gives members access and amenities that include a kitchen space with free water, coffee, and tea, as well as hosting events, panels, and meet-ups for up-and-comers.

DUMBO Startup Lab photo courtesy of DSL. (more…)