05/05/14 10:06am
Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin for NY Daily News

Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin for NY Daily News

A new bar called Brooklyn Monkey opens at 1 Front Street, above Grimaldi’s Pizza in Fulton Ferry Landing today. According to NY Daily News, Angela Raiola (“Big Ang”), a star of VH1’s Mob Wives opens her second bar in NYC.

Because it’s Cinco de Mayo today, next door at 5 Front Street, Gran Electrica will be playing Latin music and serving Mexican cocktails for their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Other Cinco de Mayo celebrations include Pedro’s Restaurant serving their tacos and Coronas, along with other alcohol and food options (over at Jay and Front Streets).

Brooklyn Monkey
1 Front Street, 3rd floor, Brooklyn NY 11201 (enter through Grimaldi’s Pizza)

05/01/14 6:27pm
Prospect Street before and after (rendering from Dumboheights.com)

Prospect Street before and after (rendering from Dumboheights.com)

NY Daily News reported this morning that the former Jehovah’s Witness buildings sold to the Kushner Companies for $375 million include committed tenants such as Brooklyn-based curated shop operators, artisanal food purveyors/market, and an assortment of wellness and entertainment providers.

According to the just launched Dumbo Heights website (dumboheights.com), the vision for the 5 inter-connected buildings “is a mixed use urban campus on the waterfront in the heart of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.” The cluster of buildings between York Street to the North, Sands Street to the South, Adams Steet to the West, and Jay Street to the East will offer over 100,000 square feet of space specifically designed and repurposed for retail use to become the area’s next retail destination, according to the developers.

The commercial rents will start under $60 per square foot and the $100 million rennovation is expected to be open and occupied in the first quarter of 2015.

Courtesy of dumboheights.com

Courtesy of dumboheights.com

Courtesy of dumboheights.com

Courtesy of dumboheights.com

Courtesy of dumboheights.com

Courtesy of dumboheights.com

{WSJ: Watchtower Building Sale Will Transform Dumbo, 08Oct2013}
{The Witnesses Remove Signs from Watchtower Buildings in Dumbo, 27Aug2013}
{Jehovah’s Witnesses Sell Dumbo Properties for $375 Million, 08Jul2013}
{Brooklyn Tech Triangle Unveils Plans to Expand and Support Tech Ecosystem, 19Jun2013}
{Mayor Bloomberg Unveils the Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo, 01Oct2013}

05/01/14 5:00am


The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) installed a housing prototype for a post-disaster situation near Cadman Plaza. The modular housing, installed over the weekend, could be installed on parking lots and vacant lots in neighborhoods hit by disasters. According to Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been working on the project for six years, along with the city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers. The prototype includes a living area, bedrooms, bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen and storage areas, but the configuration is flexible, said project architect Jim Garrison, a professor at Pratt and principal of Garrison Architects…OEM Assistant Commissioner Jim McConnell said this type of housing would speed recovery.”

The prototype will be on the site for about a year. The site location is across from the OEM on the corner of Cadman Plaza East and Red Cross Place.



04/24/14 10:37pm


Get fresh, organic produce and help support a local farmer by becoming a member of the Dumbo CSA for the summer of 2014. This weekend is your last chance to sign up. The last day to register is Tuesday, April 29, 2014 and all deposits are due by April 30.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) offers a way for people in our neighborhood to buy vegetables directly from a local farmer. The Dumbo CSA works with Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms, a family-owned and -operated certified organic farm on the North Fork of Long Island. Last year, more than 140 families in Dumbo and Vinegar Hill signed up for weekly vegetable deliveries.

Here’s how it works:

  • Veggies: Every member receives a weekly selection of fresh, organic vegetables. Prices are $635 for a full share ($27.51 per week for 23 weeks) and $425 for a partial share ($18.48/week).
  • Optional add-ons: Fruit for $195 and cheese for $195 ($10.83 per week for 18 weeks). They’ll also have dairy and fish shares available to members.
  • Pickups: Wednesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. at the Phoenix House on 50 Jay Street. The season runs from June to November.

This will be the Dumbo CSA’s 7th season partnering with Sang Lee Farms for organic vegetables. Briermere Farm provides the fruit, and the cheese share rotates between four artisan cheese providers: Catapano Dairy Farm, Mecox Bay Dairy, Harpersfield Cheese, and Goodale Farms. Fish shares will be provided by Village Fishmonger, and Milk Not Jails will offer dairy shares.

Visit the Dumbo CSA website to learn more about how the CSA works and to sign up—it only takes a few minutes.

Feel free to contact the CSA at core [at] dumbocsa [dot] org with any questions about payment plans or details about the program.

{Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA 2013 Registration Open, 07May2013}
{Sign Up for the 2012 Dumbo / Vinegar Hill CSA, 17Apr2012}
{Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA 2011 Season Kick Off, 15Jun2011}
{Sign up for the Dumbo/Vinegar Hill CSA 2011 Season, 07Mar2011}
{Past CSA Posts}