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Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola will be opening a store in the Empire Stores in the Fulton Ferry Historic District, according to a Crain’s article.

Shinola will be leasing 5,000 square feet of retail space and will be its first in Brooklyn. They currently have a store on Franklin Street in TriBeCa. Crain’s says that like that location, the new one will feature a cafe operated by The Smile. Dumbo retailers Dabney Lee and Modern Anthology also offer Shinola products.

The Crain’s article notes that the lease is a 10 year deal and Shinola will “showcase other products that Shinola has expanded into, including high-end handmade bicycles and apparel such as leather goods and clothing.”

Mr. Beare said that most of Empire Store’s 75,000 square feet of retail space is now spoken for. He is in the process of finishing about 20,000 square feet of deals, including a yet-to-be-announced 9,500-square-foot food market and a 10,000-square-foot restaurant. He is also about to name the operator of a beer garden that will occupy a public space on the building’s roof. Only about 7,000 square feet of retail space remains available at the property. The food market will feel even bigger, Mr. Beare said, because it will connect into the restaurant space, The Smile cafe, Vinegar Hill House, as well as the building’s glass-roofed central lobby.

“We started with asking rents of $150 per square foot but have since bumped that to $200 per square foot because of the activity and interest,” Mr. Beare said. “The rates we’re getting are much higher than we expected.”

Mr. Beare said the food market will echo Eataly, the popular Italian culinary emporium on West 23rd Street. “It’s going to incorporate many food types and local vendors,” he said.

Last month, Eater noted that Vinegar Hill House and London based Pizza East have also leased space at Empire Stores.

Empire Stores is scheduled to be completed in early 2016.

{Empire Store Redevelopment Announcement, 04Sep2013, DumboNYC}

03/26/15 10:00am


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60 Water, in the heart of Dumbo, offers some of the best views in NYC from its studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments.

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If you’re up high enough, one of the best things about Dumbo is the view.

The panorama includes the East River, the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, the Staten Island Ferry, and the Statue of Liberty. Apartments that look out on to this vista are the most sought-after in the neighborhood.

60 Water, a new rental building in the heart of Dumbo, offers views that are hard to beat.

Apartments in this 17-story glass tower feature floor-to-ceiling windows ideal for taking it all in. And the rooftop garden, designed by one of the landscape architects behind The High Line, offers a breathtaking proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge. (more…)

03/24/15 10:41pm



Kongo is a co-working space designed from the ground up for people in the creative and media industries. Beautiful, easy going and competitively priced, it is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.


The sun-filled loft was designed by Becka Citron and John Marsala from Modern Anthology (and of Man Cave fame) and it shows.

Based on Pixar’s HQs and on Harvard Business Review’s insights on the “Perfect Me/We Balance”, the work stations were arranged to maximize productivity and mental focus, while the common areas were designed to open the mind and foster collaboration.

The first thing you notice walking in is the wide open space, the plants and large windows. Then there’s the art: like a Dumbo mural from Japanese artist Masamitsu Shigeta or the 50 foot image of a 1920’s cruise liner in homage to the Dumbo’s maritime history. This second piece celebrates the fearless spirit of the immigrants, the same fueling today’s entrepreneurs and Dumbo itself as the heart of digital New York.


Amenities include a custom made conference room encased in glass and wood as well as lounge and bar areas, ping pong, Nespresso, all sorts of teas, free beer, Argentine cow-hide rugs, magazine subscriptions, microwave and fridge.

The work stations come with 5 foot wide, solid wood top desks, with lockable file cabinets, high speed internet (FiOS)

Easy going

The founders’ goal was to create a space they would love to work from: well designed, easy going and surrounded by other creative entrepreneurs from around the world. Unlike other co-working spaces, the founders of Kongo actually work in the loft, from where they run, a small strategy advisory firm.

Kongo is pet and bike friendly and features regular networking events like film screenings, beer nights and Show+Tell where co-workers get to present their best work and run ideas by others.



Ko-workers include an Emmy winner producer, foreign correspondents, film makers and biotechnology writers as well as Firefish (research), A Different Engine (UX design), QuesttoNó (product design) and Woodshed Entertainment (film production).

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03/16/15 2:30pm

Brooklyn Strand

The parks committee of Community Board 2 will host Claire Weisz, a principal at WXY Studio, who will present the final plan for Brooklyn Strand, a reimagining of the open spaces from Brooklyn Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park and extending to the NYCHA developments. The plan was devised after a series of stakeholders meetings and a public session co-sponsored by Community Board 2. The project is a collaboration between the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the office of the mayor, the city’s parks and planning departments, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Brooklyn Strand is one aspect of the planned Brooklyn Tech Triangle strategic plan.

Watch a Brooklyn Daily Eagle video from the November public meeting (details of the meeting).

Location: Brooklyn Law School, Feil Hall, Geraldo’s Cafe, 205 State Street (between Boerum Place and Court Street), in Downtown Brooklyn. Please note the non-standard location.
Date/time: Monday, March 16, 2014, 6pm

For more on the Brooklyn Tech Triangle plan, go to

03/11/15 10:24am

Peas & Pickles re-opens


After being closed for renovations for almost 2 months, Peas & Pickles has reopened with a bigger and brighter space that includes a larger deli counter, more seating, and a wall of fresh produce.

The renovation opened up the existing back room and installed new floors, LED lights (which brightens up the space), and extended the prepared food counter to cater to the lunch crowd with custom sandwiches, wraps, burgers, quesadillas, and sushi selections.

Peas & Pickles Grocery
55 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(corner of Washington and Front Streets in Dumbo)
(718) 488-8336
Open 24 hours
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