05/09/14 11:17am


We hope this isn’t true, but the sign at reBar says “reBar is closed and bankrupt”. Their website is down, and calls to them are unanswered. We’ll post any updates here.

UPDATE: Gothamist has more detail on the closing and quotes from staff:

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.

05/06/14 1:32pm
Photo by Katie Killary

Photo by Katie Killary

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, in cooperation with Brooklyn Bridge Park, announced the lineup for the fifteenth year of its signature movie series. This year’s theme is animals.

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.

Music starts at 6:00 pm, and the films begin at sundown. Park concessionaires Ample Hills Ice Cream, Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Subs, Lizzmonade Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar will be offering food and drink for purchase.

Note: The park gets crowded and lawn is first come, first served, so we suggest getting there early.

Movie lineup:

  • 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.
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.