There is a tree lighting event tonight (December 11, 2014) from 6-7pm at the Pearl Street Triangle (Google Maps). The tree lighting ceremony will include a countdown led by NYC Council Member Steve Levin, Calypso music by Brooklyn-based steel drum band JahPan, hot cocoa by Dumbo’s Jacques Torres, Santa Claus, and a toy drive (bring an unwrapped toy for a child ages 0-14) for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive.
If you’ve walked around Vinegar Hill, or have an appreciation for Japanese art, you’ve probably have seen or been to Shibui, the art and furniture showroom. After almost 5 years at the 306 Water Street location, Shibui moved to Dumbo on the corner of Washington and Water Street. Proprietor/owner Dane Owen told DumboNYC that the lease ended at the former showroom and is fortunate that they were able to find a new showroom location closeby in Dumbo. He signed a five year lease with Two Trees and after building out the space, opened the new showroom last week at 38 Washington Street.
Shibui has the largest collection of antique Japanese cabinetry (tansu in Japanese), lacquer ware, ceramic, old store signs, yukatas (a type casual kimono), tea pots, sake bottles, and art in the East Coast. Mr. Owen and his team travel to Japan a few times a year to look for art with an interesting history and quality craftmanship to curate for the showroom (ask him about any piece and he has a story about it).
The showroom has great gift ideas or art that you would be proud to display in your loft. Some photos of the new space are shown below (click more), but check out the new Dumbo location.
Galapagos Art Space is moving out of Dumbo and moving to Detroit. The NY Times first published the announcement yesterday stating the high rental prices prompted Robert Elmes, Galapagos’ founder and executive director, and wife Philippa Kaye to consider other areas and decided to move Galapagos to Detroit (galapagosdetroit.com). In an email from Mr. Elmes, he told DumboNYC:
New York City has simply become too expensive for us to be able to function as an art space and be effective at our mission growing emerged artists to the mid-point of their career. We looked very hard for a new space in New York City and simply couldn’t come up with one. We saw rents that were simply astronomical. $70 to $100 a square foot wasn’t uncommon. That was shocking. To have been out of the real estate market for so long it was very depressing to try to get back in to it. I think that’s a fear we all have, that we’ll loose our lease or decide to move or be forced to leave an apartment. We answered the question of where we would go by having to go as far as Detroit.
We asked him what his best memories were at Galapagos Dumbo. “Best memory of Galapagos? It’s odd, but when you asked that I remembered the ending of a Tobias Wolff short story where the character is dying and wonders what the last thought he will have is, and he thinks of baseball. When I think of Galapagos in DUMBO I think of our kite flying program for kids on Saturday mornings in Brooklyn Bridge Park at the end of our block. We called it the DUMBO Kite Flying society and I was always touched by how many little kids, city kids, had never flown a kite before, and how happy the parents were that to give them that experience.” Galapagos has always focused on the creative community as well as the neighborhood it serves. With over 7,500 events over 7+ years, Galapagos drew over a million people.
Galapagos started in Williamsburg Brooklyn as a bar and performance space in 1995 and moved to Dumbo in 2007. The former horse stable on 16 Main Street in Dumbo was transformed into a 10,000 square foot performance venue and has a 1600 square foot lake within the seating area of the space.
Our best memories of Galapagos are the people who run events at the space (like the Floating Kabarette, Gumbo folks or Tina of Creative Mornings or Andrew of DigitalDumbo) and Mr. Elmes’ generosity in sharing the art space.
According to a Gothamist post, Two Trees confirmed that they would keep the 16 Main building for the arts: “UPDATE: Two Trees sent us this statement, “We will keep 16 Main as a building for the arts. Two Trees has long supported and promoted the art and cultural community in DUMBO with free and below market rents and we will continue to do so. We wish Galapagos all the best moving forward in Detroit.”"
The annual Dumbo Business Improvement District meeting will be held on Monday, December 8th from 5-6pm at Superfine (126 Front Street). The meeting will provide highlights in 2014 and upcoming neighborhood updates from elected officials, developers, and the business community.
The Annual Meeting is free and open to all. Registry by Member Class is a requirement of the DUMBO Improvement District.
Traveling over the winter holidays makes for a nice change of pace, especially if you’re going somewhere warm. But it can be hard to leave the comforts of home behind. Fortunately, for those of you who may have become addicted to the convenience of carsharing, your car2go account is one thing you can take with you.
Be a prepared traveler, though. Just as every city has its own character, it also has its own car2go parking rules, rates, and home area. You can familiarize yourself with these rules before you travel by going to car2go.com or clicking on any of the individual city links above.
This is all assuming that you already have a car2go account, of course. If you don’t, what are you waiting for? You’ve got a lot of urban exploration to do, and you’ll want to do it from behind the wheel of a car2go.
It’s no surprise that Dumbo, the Brooklyn epicenter of creativity and innovation, offers so many great perks to employees in the area. What was once a virtual ghost town with a smattering of restaurants and bars now boasts a funky mix of fashion boutiques, handmade craft shops, and top-notch cafes.
In a previous post, we gave you an exclusive look into some of Dumbo’s coolest offices. Today we will take you out of the box and onto the street, showing you what it’s like to work in this vibrant neighborhood — with hints on the best places to eat, drink, shop, and exercise.
Picture of Dumbo courtesy of mr.rayburn via Flickr