117 Adams Street (when the building was owned by the Watchtower Society)
Etsy announced a commitment to grow their headquarters in Dumbo Brooklyn, adding more than 300 new jobs in the next 5 years. They signed a lease to be an anchor tenant at the new Dumbo Heights complex at 117 Adams Street (corner of Adams and Front Street shown above), with a projected move-in of 2016.
CEO Chad Dickerson says “Over the last nine years, we’ve seen the tech industry here grow, and we take our role as a leader in it seriously. By expanding our operations, we are able to support myriad local businesses, from furniture vendors to food purveyors. In New York, tech is not an isolated industry, but instead embraces community and urban life. We’re excited to continue to grow here.”
In 2013, Etsy sold more than $1.35 billion in goods on their e-commerce platform through more than 1 million Etsy sellers. Etsy is currently located in Dumbo at 55 Washington Street.
The 26 Bridge Street building is a new venue in Dumbo Brooklyn, rennovated and opened in May 2014. The renovations to this former metal factory highlight the building’s industrial past, original brick walls, large wooden doors, and 40 foot+ high ceiling with skylights. It seats about 275 people or holds 400 for receptions. The main banquet floor is 8,500 square feet plus 4,000 square feet of lobby, kitchen, bathrooms, mezzanine, and two bridal dressing rooms.
This new venue is offering to help the people who need a venue as a result of the reBar closing last week. With 26 Bridge as a new venue, there are dates available for booking now. They have told DumboNYC they will do their best to accommodate everyone and understand that budget is limited to those who already lost their deposit at reBar.
History: This foundry was built for the Miller & Van Winkle Company. The Miller & Van Winkle Company was established in Brooklyn in 1881 and is said to have moved to 18 Bridge Street in 1895 and later expanded onto nearby lots. The firm manufactured precision steel springs used by many different industries. During World War I, the company manufactured five million springs for gas mask canisters, three million for Browning machine guns, and ten million miscellaneous springs. In 1912, Miller & Van Winkle employed 164 people (153 men, two children, and nine office workers). In 1939, the company moved to Paterson, New Jersey. In 1944, the building was leased to the Peercraft Paint and Varnish Company and a year later to the Peerless Paint and Varnish Company.
The brick construction and unornamented, functional design make 26-28 Bridge Street a representative example of the small-scale utilitarian structures erected to serve the area’s growing industries. Built in 1912, the structure contributes to the architectural and historical character of the DUMBO Historic District.
“He hadn’t paid his sales taxes for five years,” said Jeremy Leech, former head chef of reBar who worked there from September 2009 to September 2013. Leech, who now runs a food truck in Bangkok, Thailand, told us he was “floored and…in complete shock” to learn what happened to his former employer and friend, calling him “the best boss I ever worked for” and someone who “cultivated creativity.” Leech described Stevens, whom Gothamist had spoken to in the past, as “the most generous guy I’ve ever seen,” adding, “people would need rent, he’d give employees money out of pocket.”
Meanwhile, the former employees of reBar and local businesses have banded together to help couples who had planned their weddings at reBar by offering to do what they can. The staff at reBar did not get paid on payday, but they have made every effort to help those couples. There’s an Indiegogo campaign set up to help the cancelled reBar weddings. Below is a list from Gothamist of the venues and vendors who have reached out to offer help.
Dumbo residents set up a giveforward.com campaign to help recover the lost wages of the hard working staff at Rebar. As the staff of reBar helped the community over the years, let’s give back where you can.
DUMBO LOFT/ DUMBO Spot/ The W Loft/ The Greenpoint Loft/26 Bridge/The Brooklyn Expo (thedumboloft.com), 718-310-3040, email@example.com
Several of the employees showed Gothamist text messages from a general manager who told them he also was blindsided by the announcement. Neither Stevens nor his landlord, Joshua Guttman, have responded to requests for comment…
One former upper management employee, who asked to remain anonymous, filled us in via email on more details:
Today was payday and roughly 50 employees are not getting their two week paychecks. We are suppose to have a wedding tomorrow and Sunday as well as every weekend for the next year plus. Literally hundreds of couples who have paid in full or partially to have their weddings at rebar and other venues have been screwed by this man. Not to mention the dozens of purveyors and vendors who are owed money.
The movies take place Thursday evenings in July and August on the Harbor View Lawn of Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Google map). Last year, more than 35,000 viewers enjoyed the outdoor movie nights with the river view of lower Manhattan as the backdrop. Syfy has been a presenting sponsor of Syfy Movies With A View since 2008.
Note: The park gets crowded and lawn is first come, first served, so we suggest getting there early.
July 10: Duck Soup (1933). The Marx Brothers take fictional Europe in this Depression-era classic.
Short: Silo by David Soll
July 17: Sharknado (2013). Regulars of a beachside bar including owner Fin (Ian Ziering/Beverly Hills 90210), bartender Nova (Casie Scerbo/Make It Or Break It) and local drunk George (John Heard/Home Alone) team up with Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid/Scrubs) to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies.
Short: Phoebe’s Birthday Cheeseburger by Will Lennon
July 24: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). One of Roald Dahl’s classics hits the big screen in Wes Anderson’s quirky, stop-motion animated film. Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his thieving ways are threatened by three mean farmers, but his friends, family and neighbors come to his aid.
Short: Font Men by Dress Code
July 31: Beetlejuice (1988). A young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) lead an idyllic country life until they accidentally drown and become trapped in their old house as ghosts. This ghost couple attempts to scare off a family of cosmopolitan New Yorkers that move into their home, eventually enlisting the help of an insane poltergeist, Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). A darkly funny vision of the afterlife that made director Tim Burton a household name.
Short: Passer Passer by Louis Morton
August 7: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). The Tennessee Williams play comes to life as Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor) and Brick (Paul Newman) duke it out while celebrating the 65th birthday of his father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). The temperatures are high, but the tensions are higher in this classic.
Short: Unlocking the Truth by Luke Meyer
August 14: Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). Hip hop, samurai culture, and italian gangsters come together in this oddly quiet action movie by independent spirit Jim Jarmusch. Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) is a reclusive hitman who lives by a strict samurai code. When his mafia employers turn against him, Ghost Dog must go to war against an gang of old-school Italians that simply do not understand his ways.
Short: The Roper by Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands
August 21: The Birds (1963). Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of horror, mystery, and slow-burning suspense. A beautiful socialite (Tippi Hedren) visits the sunny town of Bodega Bay, where the weekend’s peace is shattered by a series of inexplicable bird attacks, one more violent than the next. These attacks grow increasingly bigger and more gruesome until the entire town finds itself under siege from above.
Short: Woodhouse by Fred Rowson
August 28: (Public vote). As is tradition, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Syfy invite the public to vote on the last film of the summer. Stay tuned to brooklynbridgepark.org for details.