07/30/14 8:02pm
The abandoned patio at Dish Dumbo in July 2014

The abandoned patio at Dish Dumbo in July 2014

Closed for renovations? Not likely.

Dish Dumbo, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that opened to fanfare in October 2013, looks to have shuttered its doors – likely for good. Closed since early June, the eatery at 81 Washington Street’s sheer drapes are drawn, patio plants are overgrown, and tables are stacked and abandoned. The now-worn sign in the restaurant’s glass window cites “new management” as the reason for its closure.

However, according to Jon, a former Dish employee, Ms. Abed was forced to closed her restaurant after employees walked out on June 7 after she did not pay anyone for two weeks. “The sign in the window says ‘closed due to new management’ but in reality the owner Samera Abed does not have any more money after her investor stopped funding her because of her poor management.”

Ms. Abed told DumboNYC that her employees’ claims are false. “Yes we are closed for now but it is not because the staff walked out,” she said. “We are renovating and repositioning our restaurant.”

She added, “The staff has always been treated well. If any have issues with ownership or feel they were wronged they should contact me directly as I hope to work with them again in the future.”

But Jon countered that since the employees left, “she is dodging calls and emails.”

While Dish opened to great anticipation in October 2013, it quickly became clear that the restaurant had its kinks to work out. After a repeatedly delayed opening, service reportedly quickly declined, as detailed in progressively dismal Yelp reviews. Neighbors complained of late-night partying and yelling that continued onto the street past the restaurant’s stated hours.

Ms. Abed insists that the restaurant will reopen later in the summer. However, information is swirling among former employees that she has instead moved for Florida, and that Two Trees is seeking to void her lease.

“We never got paid for the last two weeks of our employment, [and] most of us are not eligible for unemployment because most of us were there less than 6 months,” Jon said.

While Dish’s former employees look to put the restaurant behind them, Dumbo awaits what’s next for Dish’s space.

07/21/14 2:20pm


Visit Egg by Susan Lazar at 72 Jay Street for their semi-annual sale, which includes items from their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.


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Styles including graphic tees, silk cotton dresses, swimwear and rash guards, cotton shirts, and more are up to 70% off. Some items are even as low as $8. If you can’t make it to the Dumbo location, shop online at www.egg-baby.com. Free shipping is included when you spend $100 or more.

07/19/14 7:00am


MNS, the Brooklyn real estate firm published their second quarter 2014 Brooklyn New Development Market Report. MNS’ New Development Market Report tracks the market trends with a quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year comparison throughout Brooklyn on both a citywide and neighborhood basis. New development data was compiled from the Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) for sponsor sales that traded during the Second Quarter of 2014 (04/01/14 – 06/30/14). All data summarized is on a median basis.

The total number of New Development Sponsor sales in Brooklyn jumped up 84.5% from 1Q14. The following neighborhoods did not account for any New Development sales during this time: Kensington and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. The sharp increase in the number of sponsor sales in Brooklyn is likely due to an excited New Development condominium market this past spring season. Median sales pricing in all of Brooklyn increased 19% from the previous quarter and Median Price per Square Foot increased 24% compared to 1Q14.

Brooklyn Overview

  • The total number of new development sponsor sales in Brooklyn jumped up 84.5 percent from the first quarter.
    • The sharp increase is due to a robust new development condo market this past Spring.
    • Sponsor sales in Brooklyn Heights accounted for 13.33 percent of all new development sponsor sales in Brooklyn. The median PPSF and median sales price in Brooklyn Heights has increased every quarter since 4Q13.
  • One bedroom and three bedroom units represented 25 percent and 44 percent of all sales in Brooklyn during 2Q14, respectively.
  • There are 48 New development condominiums being developed in Williamsburg and the nabe will continue to see high growth margins throughout this year and next.
  • Median sales prices in all of Brooklyn increased 19 percent from the last quarter and median pricing per square foot increased 24 percent.
  • Highest new development sale: 360 Furman Street – Apt. 1302, Brooklyn Heights – $4,991,561
  • Highest new development sale PPSF: 75 Columbia Street – Apt. 1A, Cobble Hill – $2,937 PPSF
  • Year-over-year median PPSF: Up 29.7 percent
    • Quarter-over-quarter PPSF: Up 23.6 percent
  • Year-over-year median sales price: Up 26 percent
    • Quarter-over-quarter sales price: Up 19.1 percent
  • Largest quarterly upswing: Williamsburg
    • PPSF from $821/SF to 1,244/SF
    • Sales price from $1,185,761 to $1,767,338
  • Largest quarterly downswing: Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill
    • PPSF from $1,020/SF to $700/SF
    • Sales price from $952,807 to $661,080
  • Neighborhoods where the majority of 4Q13 inventory was sold per unit size
    • Studios in Brooklyn Heights: 20 percent
    • One bedrooms in Greenpoint: 32 percent
    • Two-bedrooms in Bed Stuy: 23 percent
    • 1,500+ SF in the Brooklyn Heights: 25 percent

Dumbo continues its very low inventory (especially new development) and only had 1% of total new development sales in Brooklyn in Q2 2014. Dumbo’s median sales price for new development was $1,616,425 (from $750,000 in Q3 2013). Median price per square feet for new development in Dumbo is $1,141 (vs $948 for all Brooklyn).

{2013 Q3 New Development Report for Brooklyn, 22Oct2013}
{2013 Q2 New Development Report for Brooklyn, 18Jul2013}
{2013 Q1 New Development Report for Brooklyn, 18Apr2013}

07/18/14 4:38pm

Now through August 15th, Dumbo’s stylish and eclectic furniture and home accessory store Journey is having a sale on all handmade furniture from India. If you are not familiar the space, Journey was originally started in Park Slope in 1995 by husband and wife team Pam and Bill Rohl. Inspired by independent furniture stores that dotted Soho in the late 80’s and early 90’s Journey has occupied a beautiful location at 72 Front Street since 2010. They feature local artists such as Wynne Noble, Tara Dixon, Jaimie Walker, and Gail Garcia just to name a few. The store’s mission is to inspire their customers to “layer” their design and not stick to just one style. J0urney is always evolving and features a mix of vintage, contemporary and industrial furniture, plus accessories from Brooklyn to India and many places in between. Stop in today and see just how eclectic and exciting the space is.

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Location: 72 Front Street,

Website: http://www.journeydumbo.com/

07/17/14 8:19pm


This week, a new lunch joint joined the neighborhood: Little Nica, a pop-up stall run out of Little Muenster on Front Street in Dumbo. Falling in line with Little Muenster’s wheelhouse of cheese and bread, the pop-up shop will serve Quesillos – Nicaraguan street food composed of handmade corn tortillas, semi-soft cow’s milk cheese, pickled onions and crema – at the restaurant’s Front Street location through September.

Husband and wife ownership team Vanessa Palazio and Adam Schneider are the brains behind both Little Muenster and the pop-up shop concept. Schneider explained the impetus for the summertime shift to Nicaraguan food: “Vanessa’s family is Nicaraguan and she is a first-generation American and it has always been an interest to bring Nicaraguan cooking to the States. Americans have become accustomed to Latin flavors and we feel that we can expand their horizons even more.”

The tortilla and fillings are rolled into a cone, and are meant to be eaten with one hand. Add-ons include smashed avocado, slow-roasted pork, and braised lengua (tongue). “Think quesadilla meets burrito,” he says.

Menu items cost between $5.50 and $8.50, and the shop is open from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday.

Already smitten with Little Nica’s Quesillos? Perhaps a permanent Quesillo shop is in our future, “if people show enough interest,” Schneider says.

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Little Nica’ (Nicaraguan Street Food Pop-Up)
145 Front Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: 646.499.4331
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-4pm

(Jessica Thurston is a DUMBO resident and contributor to DumboNYC. With a background in environmental sustainability and urban planning, she loves learning about everything going on in the neighborhood – and drinking iced coffee from One Girl Cookies.)