09/28/14 11:08pm
Another year here and gone, another great year for Dumbo’s Art festival. Sunday’s event welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood, and even a few wedding parties that probably didn’t get the memo. There was of course an eclectic mix of paintings, visual media, dance, sculpture, and exhibits both small and large. Some larger installations were found inside the former Bubby’s restaurant space on Main Street and St. Anne’s Warehouse on Jay Street. Sunday’s late September heat was the perfect backdrop for an ever changing neighborhood that promises to continue its tradition of supporting artists from all walks of life. Here’s to 2015!

09/25/14 11:00am
Rendering courtesy of Architecture Research Office

Rendering courtesy of Architecture Research Office

State and City elected officials, community leaders, Brooklyn Bridge Park leaders, and Stalco Construction team members started a $3.6M redevelopment and conversion of a large former NYC DEP structure into the first community and environmental education center in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The officials began construction by demolishing a section of a wall with sledge hammers at the 99 Plymouth Street building.

Located directly beneath the Manhattan Bridge, the new community center will be the first permanent location of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which provides environmental education programs to over 8,000 of New York City students as well as residents, and visitors. In addition to the environmental education center, the building will also provide restrooms and a community meeting space.

“The project includes demolition of a portion of the main, one-story building previously used by NYCDEP, and two adjacent storage structures,” explained Stalco Project Manager Keith Ward. “Stalco will construct a new glass curtainwall on the west and south elevations, refurbish the original exterior brick walls, build a new storefront-type entrance and additional window and garage door openings, and completely renovate the interiors in order to create offices and community facilities,” he continued.

The building’s exterior will feature a glass and aluminum curtain wall and main entrance, with a portion of the wall constructed of soundproof glass. Stalco will build a new access door, windows, and a garage-type door in the brick wall of the building to provide access to a new compactor room. The upgrades will include a new reflective EPDM roof and all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems.

Other parts of the Main Street conversion plan include an outdoor community space with stone seating, a bouldering wall, a dog run, and expanded lawn space.

Photo by Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

Photo by Peter Wilk/Wilk Marketing Communications

{New Construction to Begin at Brooklyn Bridge Park in January 2014, 30Dec2013}
{Brooklyn Bridge Park Main Street Conversion Proposed Design, 30May2013}
{Main Street Conversion Site Plan to be Presented, 16May2013}

Press Release and more photo renderings after the jump. (more…)

09/23/14 12:46pm

Dumbo Arts Festival 2014
The 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival will take place this weekend (Friday-Sunday, September 26-28, 2014). Each year the Dumbo Arts Festival seeks to highlight Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national, and international art. The Dumbo Arts Festival attracts 200,000+ visitors over 3 days with the participation of over 400 artists from a variety of disciplines, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners. The official Festival hours are Friday 6pm to 9pm, Saturday noon to 9pm, Sunday noon to 6pm.

For a listing of exhibits and locations, go to dumboartsfestival.com/art.

What: The 18th Annual Dumbo Arts Festival
When: Friday-Sunday, September 26-28, 2014
Time: Friday, September 26, 7 – 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, September 27, 12 pm to 8 pm
Sunday, September 28, 12 pm to 6 pm
Cost: Free
Where: Spans the neighborhood of Dumbo, Brooklyn, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, including the waterfront.
Web: www.dumboartsfestival.com

Prior years Dumbo Arts Festival posts

09/19/14 3:13pm


The DUMBO Improvement District is partnering with the Lower East Side Ecology Center to host their second DUMBO Tech Cleanse: E-Waste Recycling on Friday and Saturday, September 19-20, 2014, and you’ll have the opportunity to recycle your unwanted electronics correctly.

Come out to the Pearl Street Plaza on Saturday, September 20, 10AM – 3PM, where LES Ecology Center will have a truck there to take the e-waste off your hands.

09/17/14 5:18pm

Politicians call for Restoration for F train express service

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams led a coalition of elected officials urging the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to restore express service on the F train in Brooklyn yesterday. In a letter sent to MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendengast, Borough President Adams specifically ask that MTA to restore limited northbound F express service for morning commuters and southbound F express service for evening commuters. 19 of the 22 Brooklyn stops along the F train have seen increases in ridership over the last year; on a broader scale, the MTA’s review of 2013 ridership rates showed Brooklyn as having the largest increase in ridership.

“As ridership on the F line continues to grow, it is important that we give riders more options,” said Council Member Stephen Levin. “Restoring express service on the F line will ease commute times for Brooklyn residents and benefit their quality of life. I am proud to join my fellow elected officials in calling for the restoration of express service on the F line.”

Real Estate Developer Proposes East River Gondola

Daniel Levy, president of CityRealty created a lot of online chatter with a proposed plan for a gondola that connects Williamsburg to Navy Yards, Lower East Side, Queens, and Dumbo. The East River Skyway can transport 5,000 people in either direction per hour. Given the increase in ridership on the subways, a gondola service that connects the North and South parts of Brooklyn and Queens will be more cost effective than developing new subway lines while reducing travel times between Williamsburg Brooklyn and Manhattan. The initial plan would cost around $100 million to implement. Stops between South Street Seaport, Dumbo, and Williamsburg is proposed for phase 3. Dumbo residents, would you support a gondola?


{Proposed aerial gondola system makes a splash, Crain’s, 16Sept2014}
{Next Up For Brooklyn, an Urban Gondola, Citylab, 16Sept2014}
{Goodbye L Train, Hello East River Gondola, Gothamist, 16Sept2014}
{The Brilliant Plan to Build a Gondola From Williamsburg to Manhattan, Gizmodo, 16Sept2014}