12/04/15 3:20pm

Dumbo Development: Watchtower Jehovah's Witnesses

News broke this week that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are selling their property at 85 Jay Street, as well as 25-30 Columbia Heights and 124 Columbia Heights. That much undeveloped land in Dumbo is bound to command a huge price. Also in Dumbo news: more debate about schools, Google gives local techies startup tips, and a new challenger for a congressional seat steps into the ring.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Put Three Hot Sites on the Market in Dumbo and Heights [Brownstoner]
Dumbo Neighborhood Group Slams P.S. 8, P.S. 307 Rezoning Plan [Eagle]
Yungman Lee Mounts Primary Challenge to Velazquez in 7th Congressional District [Eagle]
Google Introduces Primer Mobile App at Digital DUMBO [Technical.ly]

Above: Photo of 85 Jay Street via Watchtower

12/03/15 10:34am

Dumbo Holiday Tree (from 2010)

A tree grows in Dumbo!

Tonight in the Pearl Street Triangle the holiday season begins in earnest with Dumbo’s 10th Annual Tree Lighting. Sponsored by the DUMBO Improvement District, this all-ages block party will ring in the holidays with singing, dancing, cocoa, and a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus.

The fun starts at 6 p.m., featuring calypso from the Brooklyn-based steel drum band Jah Pan, excerpts from the Nutcracker courtesy of Dumbo’s own Gelsey Kirkland Dance Academy, and carols by Opera on Tap, who will be a-wassailing around the neighborhood until 9 p.m.

For you chocolate lovers, the highlight may well be hot cocoa provided by Dumbo’s “Mr. Chocolate,” Jacques Torres. And Santa will be there to greet the kids — make sure to bring unwrapped toys for children ages 0 to 14 for the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive! It’s a great way to make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list.

The big countdown to lighting the tree — generously donated by Adam Parke Trees — will be led by DUMBO BID executive director Alexandria Sica. Be sure to stick around until 7 p.m… the organizers have hinted that there’s a very special surprise in store!

Pictured above: Dumbo’s 2010 holiday tree.