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

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12/11/15 5:51pm

brooklyn-doors-poster-for-sale

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!

12/11/15 3:54pm

Dumbo Pizza: Love & Dough

Halcyon, the funky record store on Pearl and Water with the floor covered in smooth stones, packed up and left Dumbo for Williamsburg in August. Since then, Dumbo residents have been eagerly watching the space to see what would be taking its place. The wait is almost over.

This Monday, December 14, will see the soft opening of Love & Dough, a new Italian restaurant from Arthur Hassani. This is Hassani’s second restaurant, after the Archway Café just two doors down.

Love & Dough’s menu will feature traditional Neapolitan cuisine, the centerpiece of which will be their traditional thin-crust, brick oven pizza. The resident pizzaiolo, Giuseppe, has been making pizza in Naples for over 15 years.  (more…)

12/09/15 11:37am

Dumbo Christmas Trees

With the holiday spirit creeping up on us, we wandered around the neighborhood looking for places where Dumbo residents (or festive office workers) can pick up a holiday tree. We found two… did we miss any?

Peas & Pickles

The sidewalk along their stretch of Front Street is currently a fragrant corridor of spruce. You can pick up trees and wreaths along with your sandwich and carrot juice.

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