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.)

Why not Dumbonian? (more…)

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


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…)

12/16/15 11:25am

Shopping in Dumbo: Dumbo Dollars
If you were at the Dumbo tree lighting on December 3, you saw something pretty crazy… 350 elephants dropping from the sky.

Fortunately for the people there, the elephants were small and made of foam, and they floated into the crowd on parachutes. This “Operation Dumbo Drop” was a stunt by the DUMBO Improvement District to promote holiday shopping in Dumbo by giving away $10,000 in DUMBO Dollars. These $20 vouchers are good towards items at 26 stores throughout the neighborhood.

If you missed out on the fun, keep an eye on the DUMBO BID’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as DumboDollars.com, where they’ll be giving out hints for the locations of future Dumbo Drops. (It looks like there’s one today!)

Photo of 2015 Dumbo Tree Lighting by Philip Greenberg. (more…)

12/15/15 4:49pm

Keanu Reeves in Dumbo

New York fans of Bill & Ted, Point Break, and The Matrix have been reporting Keanu Reeves sightings across the city since October, when production began on the sequel to the action star’s surprise hit John Wick. A classic revenge pic with a healthy dose of Hong Kong-style “gun fu,” John Wick was popular with moviegoers and critics alike, and was a comeback of sorts for the 51-year-old Reeves.

Today Gothamist reported that Reeves was filming on a rooftop in Dumbo, along with Matrix co-star Lawrence Fishburne. No word yet on why Wick is seeking out revenge this time — we hope his replacement dog makes it through the film all right — but Fishburne appears to be playing some sort of pigeon hobbyist. Maybe Wick needs some pigeons to fly in the background during a slow-motion, John Woo–style fight?

Dumbo bridge photo by Phil Roeder via Flickr


12/11/15 5:51pm


On September 22, Brownstoner launched an Instagram photo challenge in honor of the iconic “The Doors of Brooklyn” poster. Yesterday, they released the final re-creation featuring 30 stunning doors collected from all of their submissions. Click here to own one of these Brooklyn statement pieces.

The campaign paid homage to Sweeney, the successful local architect, Brooklyn resident and gifted photographer who made the original poster in 2004. To commemorate the first anniversary of his passing, we asked our readers to submit their own photos of their favorite Brooklyn doors. Printed in Brooklyn, this limited-edition giclée poster is printed with archival-quality ink.

Feeling lucky? Enter the raffle for a chance to win a free poster!